Stefan Bradl has gone into the MotoGP summer break in the perfect frame of mind to relax, after taking the first premier-class podium of his career.
“It's a fantastic result for us, all through the weekend we were really fast, I was able to push on every lap and felt comfortable from the beginning,” said Bradl.
“I was able to make pole position, which was already a good result for us and a great sign of our pace. On the other side the expectations were very high because in the last two or three races we could see we were progressing and getting closer to the podium.
Finally today it was the day to make it happen.
Bradl hopes it's the first of many more to come...
“Hopefully the first podium is the most difficult, then the next one will come easier. I hope so!
“For the future it's important too. For me, for the team, for Lucio (Cecchinello, LCR Honda team owner). I'm happy for them, they did a great job as well, they supported me so well and this is a good weekend for us. We can celebrate tonight!”
The 2011 Moto2 World Champion also believes that the result is a timely reminder of his credentials as a top rider in the MotoGP class, and it's hard to argue with his case.
“At the moment I have no contract for next year, I have no option for next year so I just need to push my maximum and we will see what's going on in the near future,” he said.
But I'm not too worried about myself for next year. For sure I think I deserve a place in MotoGP.
“I'm happy to go into the summer break with this good result and I've been on the bike a lot in the past few weeks, so it's good to have this break.”