Bradl cleared for opening practice
17 October 2013 – Stefan Bradl has been cleared to take part in opening practice for the Australian Grand Prix on Friday morning, less than a week after fracturing his right ankle at Sepang.
The LCR Honda rider was forced to miss the Malaysian race after a practice fall at Turn 1, during which he clipped his ankle on a raised piece of artificial grass. He had surgery in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday, and now has the green light to return to action.
Bradl will, however, need to pass secondary checks to compete beyond Friday.
"I am happy to be declared fit from the doctor side, but for me it's important to try the bike and see what's going on, said the German. "I still do not know if it’s painful or not. Secondly, we will see how fast I can ride and, if I pass the second medical check after the first practice, I am pretty sure I won't be capable to fight for the top five on Sunday."
Bradl is still in the battle for satellite honours this season; he occupies seventh in the standings, one point behind Álvaro Bautista and a further 30 adrift of Cal Crutchlow.