News 5 Aug 2020

Factory test rider Bradl to fill-in for Marquez at Brno

Additional surgery sidelines Repsol Honda's reigning champion.

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Honda Racing Corporation (HRC) has called in test rider Stefan Bradl to fill-in for Marc Marquez at Repsol Honda from this weekend’s Brno round of the 2020 MotoGP World Championship.

Marquez was forced to undergo a second surgery this week to repair the damaged plate in his right humerus, however, his return to racing remains up in the air.

Experienced German rider Bradl competed in four MotoGP races with a best finish of 10th at Sachsenring. During his full-time career, Bradl has claimed three top 10 finishes at Brno from his seven starts in the MotoGP class.

“This will be just the fifth circuit I have ridden a MotoGP bike at, but it is one I have always enjoyed riding and it has suited my style a lot in the past,” Bradl said “We gathered a lot of good information from the two weekends in Jerez so now we can apply what we have learned to a new circuit.

“Every session I learn more about MotoGP and my bike, I am looking forward to riding in Brno and starting three races in three weekends, it will be intense but I am looking forward to it. I hope Marc can recover well and quickly!”

Following Brno this weekend, the 2020 season travels directly to Spielberg in Austria for a pair of back-to-back events at Red Bull Ring. It will be a race against time once again for Marquez to be fit for either of those rounds.