Moto2 Champion Bradl joins LCR
17 November 2011 – Stefan Bradl will become a member of the Moto GP grid in 2012, having signed a two-year contract with the LCR squad. The German rider comfortably won the Moto 2 class this season, finishing a full 23 points ahead of main rival Marc Márquez.
With a total of four wins to his name and a further seven podium finishes, the 21-year-old was invited to test with Monaco-based LCR during the end of season test at Valencia's Circuit Ricardo Tormo, impressing the team enough to secure a seat.
"This is simply fantastic like a dream that comes true," said Bradl. "When I tested the RC212V in Valencia I realized that LCR Team is very professional and well organized so I am sure they will do their best to support me: making my debut in the premier class aboard the RC213V is great and I can not wait to get back on track."
Team Manager Lucio Cecchinello has explained that the team was 'very impressed' by Bradl's pace in Valencia, revealing that his choice was much easier after the test.
"Next year will be very important for MotoGP; starting from next April the championship will be rich of new technical rules and participants," he said. "With Honda we considered several riders and Stefan was one of our candidates.
"After the test in Valencia we were very impressed by his potential and his determination: Stefan is young and fast and he just clinched the Moto2 World Title so we believe we can grow together with the Team in the next two years.
"He already knew the technical staff and today I am happy to give him our warmest welcome in the LCR Team!"