An unlucky race incident at turn 3 on the first lap of the Czech Grand Prix prevented HRC wildcard rider Stefan Bradl from taking advantage of a very good start from the sixth row of the grid.

The German struck his right shoulder in the crash and, although medical examination ruled out serious injury, he stretched his ligaments and is experiencing pain and discomfort.

Stefan Bradl

“Unfortunately, I was just braking into turn 3 with Viñales not far ahead when I felt a blow and then found myself in the gravel. I looked around and saw that also Bradley was involved in the incident. Honestly, I didn’t understand exactly what happened. It’s a real shame because I had got a very good start and I’m sure I would have been able to recover some positions. Unfortunately, I’ve got a lot of pain pain in my right shoulder. At the Medical Centre, examination luckily ruled out fractures, but the ligaments are quite stretched. We have to see tomorrow how I feel for the test.”