HRC MotoGP wild card Stefan Bradl was giving it his all to reach his target of a top-15 place in the San Marino Grand Prix and was chasing down Michele Pirro for sixteenth place when he suffered a crash on lap 18 and was forced to retire.

Stefan Bradl

“Today we chose to race on a hard rear tyre so I managed the first laps in a bit of a defensive way until I got comfortable with it. Our strategy was to gain some advantage in the final part of the race. Unfortunately, after some laps I started to feel vibrations from the front and finally I crashed. We don’t know yet what happened. We’ll discuss with Michelin to analyse the data and see what the problem was.”