LCR Honda MotoGP's German rider Stephan Bradl steers his bike a during the first MotoGP pre-season testing session at the Sepang circuit. (Photo: Getty Images)

LCR Honda’s steers his bike during the first preseason test session at the Sepang circuit. (Photo: Getty Images)

As he prepares to undertake his third season in the premier class, Stefan Bradl made a solid start to 2014, finding a good base setup on his LCR Honda machine over three days in Sepang.

The determined German rider featured at the business end of the timesheet on all three days and, having finished third quickest on Wednesday, he was fifth best on the final day.

Putting in a best time of 2:00.112 on the final morning, he then went on to work on tire durability and fuel consumption over longer runs later in the day. He was unscathed in a light turn 1 crash early in the day, falling close to the spot where he fractured his ankle in October’s Grand Prix at Sepang.

He leaves the Malaysian circuit with valuable feedback for the next three day test session scheduled for Feb. 26-28.

“I am quite happy about the overall work we have done in the last three days,” said Bradl. “There are some areas to improve like the braking stability but I feel good on this new bike. Today we focused on the race simulation, but my long run was disrupted by a small issue with the rear brake. However, I was able to proceed with my daily program achieving a good feedback from the new hard compound. I hope that we can continue to improve in the next test.”

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