In 2006, while riding for KTM, Stefan Bradl suffered a horrific fracture to his leg when he was hit by another rider while practising a start in Malaysia. He was set to move to the factory Honda 125cc team in 2007, but withdrew during testing, citing personal reasons. Blusens Aprilia drafted him for several wild card rides during the first half of the season before confirming him as a full-time rider for the rest of the year.
Riding for the Grizzly Gas Kiefer Racing outfit in 2008 Bradl won races at Brno and Motegi, racking up six podiums and eventually finishing fourth overall. Bradl entered 2009 with high hope for the title, and even though he finished in the top 10 in every race he completed, the German was not able to get a single podium and registered DNFs in 7 races, eventually finishing 10th overall.
In 2010 Bradl hoped for better luck, racing in Moto2 with German team Viessmann Kiefer Racing, and got it. A slew of top ten finishes in the enormous Moto2 field of riders earned Bradl 12th place in the final standings - which is no small feat. Viessmann Keifer re-signed Bradl for the 2011 Moto2 season.
Stefan Bradl #65 - Viessmann Kiefer Racing
Born: November 29, 1989
Stefan Bradl 2011 Moto2 Results
Viessmann Kiefer Racing
Announced as a new 4-stroke MotoGP World Championship class in 2010, Moto2 replaced the 250cc category. Moto2 is intended to be a prestigious yet cost-effective accompaniment to the premier class of MotoGP. Some of the key characteristics of this category of Grand Prix racing are a single engine supplier and a single tyre supplier. Honda Racing Corporation was chosen as the engine supplier, while Dunlop, currently present in the 125cc World Championships provide the tyres.
Moto2 technical specifications - in a nutshell
Powered by a one-make 600cc 4-stroke engine, producing around 150hp, the Moto2 class will continue the 250cc series' pursuit of developmental excellence with the running of a prototype chassis -free from limitation.
No production bike parts will be permitted for the frame, swing arm, fuel tank, seat or cowling, meaning that these aspects of the machine will be left to the manufacturer and designers' discretion.
Electronic systems will be more limited than those previously permitted in 250cc, which had seen select factories bringing in traction control in recent years. Moto2 rules will allow for data loggers, ECU and timing transponders supplied by the organiser, with a maximum total cost of the ECU's components set at 650 euros. No other electronic control, nor datalogging systems, will be present on the bikes.
Experience the excitement of season 2 of Moto2 Racing as Stefan Bradl rides to capture his first Moto2 Championship crown.