Honda Racing Corporation will line up five riders at the next MotoGP Spanish Grand Prix in Jerez after confirming through social media this Thursday that the tester Stefan Bradl will race in the Andalusian event as a wild card with the colors white, red and HRC blue. He will thus join Marc Márquez and Pol Espargaró, Repsol Honda riders, and Àlex Márquez and Taka Nakagami, LCR Honda riders with contracts, both also from the factory.
The German, who has been covering Marc Márquez’s injury loss until his reappearance, 11 races in 2020 and 2 in 2021 – 11th and 14th in the two appointments in Qatar -, will run as a wild card the next appointment on May 2. He has spent a good part of the winter preseason circling Jerez, so his help will be invaluable to his teammates.
After being suspended in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, wild cards have returned in 2021, with a maximum of two per class in each event and it is not ruled out that some more will be announced in the coming days. It should be remembered that in addition to Bradl, pilots such as Cal Crutchlow for Yamaha, Dani Pedrosa and Mika Kallio for KTM, Sylvain Guintoli for Suzuki and Michele Pirro for Ducati act as official testers – discarded because he has a test at Mugello.
Bradlñ’s will not be the only novelty with respect to the MotoGP grid in Jerez since there will also be the return of Tito Rabat to cover the loss of Jorge Martín in the ranks of the Pramac Ducati and that was operated this Wednesday.