Honda have announced that they have extended their contract with Stefan Bradl, and decided to increase their level of support. The German had an impressive rookie season in the LCR Honda team, which persuaded HRC to increase their support for the coming two seasons, extending his contract for a year and upgrading his status to "factory supported" meaning that in effect, Bradl will be on factory-spec equipment for 2013 and 2014.
Below is the press release from HRC and LCR announcing the contract:
HRC AND LCR TEAM WITH STEFAN BRADL IN 2014
LCR Honda Team is pleased to announce that Stefan Bradl has signed an agreement with Honda Racing Corporation (HRC) to line up as a Honda “factory supported” rider competing for the LCR Team in the 2014 MotoGP World Championship.
For the next two years the LCR Team and the German rider, with direct support from HRC, will continue the productive collaboration, which began this year and saw Bradl taking the “Rookie of the Year” Award.
Shuhei Nakamoto (HRC Vice President): “Stefan, in his first season in the premier class, has demonstrated high skills, motivation and professionalism exceeding our initial expectations. We are happy to have fixed this deal to work with LCR and Stefan through to 2014”.
Stefan Bradl (LCR rider): “HRC’s support was extremely important for me in my first season in the premier class and riding for the LCR Team has been a very positive experience for me: I am happy to continue with Lucio’s Team and HRC for the next two years!”
Lucio Cecchinello (LCR Team Manager): “Being a part of HRC’s program and continuing our sport project with Stefan through to 2014 make us very happy and very proud because this deal gives us the chance to better plan our job aiming to close the championship in the top positions. Stefan has amazed everybody at his debut in 2012 and I am sure the best is yet to come”.