/Bradl and Loris speak with Motoscene

Bradl and Loris speak with Motoscene

The Forward Racing Team have recruited two riders with huge potential this season and are looking forward to the upcoming season in MotoGP. Motoscene recently caught up with their two newest recruits Stefan Bradl, who rode with LCR last season, and Loris Baz who moves across from World Superbike. Both riders were bullish and optismistic about there chances this season and are happy with the way things have gone so far in testing.

Stefan Bradl interview:

1. How have you settled in with the team and what’s the feeling of the new bike?

I am feeling very good, it’s a nice team with a good atmosphere. We are adapting better and better with the new bike. In general I’m feeling very positive about the new season.

2. How have you settled in with the team and what’s the feeling of the new bike?

I am working on gaining a better race pace and adapt to bike more and more and hopefully to have  better preparation for a race.

3. After an indifferent season last year what are your goals this year?

I want to be competitive and hopefully win the open class and be within the top 10 fighting with the factory riders.

4. What was the cause of the issues last year after such a promising first season with LCR?

We had issues with settings and we didn’t find the right balance, I crashed a little too much and things came together that made things more difficult. It wasn’t easy to stand with the bike against other comeptitive riders and teams. We did make some good results, but the consistency wasn’t good enough.

5. Most riders have a pre-race ritual what are yours?

Me personally my race ritual is nothing special, I just try to concentrate and relax whilst listening to music and preparing physically and mentally.

6. Qatar for the season opener is a bit of a notorious track with the dust affecting the performance of the bikes and the racing lines, but how does it feel to race under the floodlights?

It’s a great atmosphere as you never normally race at night, but it is a little tricky with the humidity and track conditions in general, but I like the night race it’s something different and it’s really special to race under the floodlights.

Loris Baz interview:

1. How have you settled in with the team and what’s the feeling of the new bike?

The feeling with the team as been good straight away from the first test with some great people who have a lot of experience and can teach me some really good things. The bike as been very good, but with any new bike you have to walk a lot to make it feel how you want it. We’ve finally found a good position on the bike with the setting and the potential is really high and everytime we go out we are improving.

2. What were you looking to achieve most from the second round of testing?

In the second I wanted to improve the lap time from the first test day by day, but we are struggling to set the bike to make the same feeling from the first test. We are looking at a number of items including the electronics and trying to identify whats wrong and it’s not a good problem. A rider always likes to see his lap times improving, but it cannot always be like this. In Qatar we see, I prefer the track there and the conditions will be better to test and I get more time on the bike, which I need.

3. How’s it feel to be in the MOTOGP paddock?

I get more excited about been on the bike than the paddock, I remember from 5 years old I was coming to the paddock to see the races and it’s like a dream coming true for me and it is really cool to be here, but we need make some good races through the season, which is the main thing.

4. Your teammate as experience in MotoGP already you don’t how are you adapting from a World Superbike?

It’s good to have Stefan alongside me in the box as he has a lot of experience and sometimes I can follow him and learn something or look at the setting. When he tests something it is always easier for a rider with more experience. The move from Superbike is an hard move because the tyres and chassis is a lot different and I was expecting this to be hard and a challenge, we are walking a bit slowly and I think we are doing well so far, but there is still a lot of work to do and what we were expecting.

5. Most riders have a pre-race ritual what are yours?

I don’t really have one apart from putting on my boots, gloves, leathers and of course my helmet. I’m not so superstitious because I think it is the wrong thing mentally.

6. Your a fairly tall person how have the team adapted the bike to help you be as streamline as possible?

Well we did a lot of work on this and the team moved the seat forward, put the foot bars down and the handle bars more in front. It’s been a long time since the first test to this and I finally feel comfortable with the bike to make a good job and the guys in the team have done a great job to make the changes to help me.

7. Qatar for the season opener is a bit of a notorious track with the dust affecting the performance of the bikes and the racing lines, but how does it feel to race under the floodlights? 

It’s like racing in the dirt if I’m honest apart from the humidity, which is getting higher a little more on the night. It is really dark I have done endurance in the past with only the floodlights, but in Qatar it feels like it is more daylight as the lighting is very good. It is cool and I like the ambience of the night race.

Shaun Woodward is a keen bike enthusiast and loves anything that involves 2 wheels. He has followed all categories of bike racing since he can remember from the days of Rainey, Schwantz and Gardener. A fitness enthusiast and a person with a keen eye to detail he will provide many useful insights into the world of MotoGP throughout the coming season and beyond.