Stefan Bradl On Jerez Private Testing And Honda's New Kalex Chassis
Before flying to America, Stefan Bradl tested new parts for Honda in Jerez. Kalex’s new chassis is a topic, but according to the German was not used.
In MotoGP, Stefan Bradl has been available to Honda for several years not only as a test rider. Since 2020, the German has been a quasi-permanent guest on the grid as a replacement for the repeatedly injured Marc Marquez.
At the Grand Prix of The Americas in Austin, the 2011 Moto2 World Champion will once again replace Marquez in the Honda box.
Just last weekend, Bradl was testing new parts for Honda in Jerez. For a long time, there was speculation that the Japanese could already be able to use a new out-of-house chassis made by Kalex there.
However, Bradl contradicts the rumors and test rider colleague Lorenzo Savadori. The Italian said that Honda had already run the new Kalex chassis in Jerez.
In an interview with SPEEDWEEK.com, Bradl refutes Savadori’s statements:
“I have not seen a Kalex chassis so far. My frame was silvery and made of aluminum. In terms of shape, I didn’t see any difference from the previous versions.”
A first use of the Kalex chassis may have thus been postponed until the next IRTA test after the Spanish Grand Prix in Jerez.
The engineers at Honda hope to make a significant step in the right direction with the expertise of the German engineers from Kalex. For more than 536 days now, the Japanese have been waiting for a race win.