LCR Honda Press Release: Bradl Wins MotoGP Rookie Of The Year

The LCR Honda team today issued the following press release, on Stefan Bradl's winning of the MotoGP Rookie of the Year award:


The curtain dropped down on the 2012 MotoGP season last Sunday night in Valencia with the FIM Awards Ceremony held at the Auditori Mar Rojo de L’Oceanogràfic in the Ciutat de les Arts y les Ciencies. Dorna Sports CEO Mr. Carmelo Ezpeleta and FIM President Mr. Vito Ippolito were joined on stage by several guests to present the numerous awards throughout the course of the evening.

It was Yamaha Factory Racing rider Lorenzo who took centre-stage as he collected his award, along with Moto2 World Champion Marc Márquez and inaugural Moto3 World Champion Sandro Cortese. A series of other notable achievements saw other prizes awarded including the Rookie of the Year Trophy (trophy which this year has been designed and produced by the Sepang International Circuit in memory of Marco Simoncelli) that went to LCR Honda’s racer Stefan Bradl. The 22-year-old German has not come worse than ninth in any race he finished in his debut year in the premier class amazing everybody with his high motivation and quick adaption to the RCV machine culminated with the stunning 4th place at Mugello GP.

Stefan: “When I joined the LCR Team at the beginning of the season I was a bit worried because all the guys around me were extremely professional and very serious. As the time goes by we started to know each other and now I can say this is like a second family for me. They look after me and they have done an excellent job helping me to familiarize with the bike and the new category. Lucio is a hard-worker and the way he runs his Team is impressive. Honestly I was not expecting to be awarded as the best rookie of this class and this makes me very happy and satisfied because I think that everybody in the Team made a great job this season. Nonetheless I must thank Lucio and the whole crew for their efforts and their passion and I am looking forward to be on track with all of them next year”.


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all the best to this guy...I'd like to see him vs Marquez on equal machinery...

He's adapted well to MotoGP, and has ridden well, but as he was the only rookie this year on prototype machinery, there were pretty much no other candidates for the award. I wonder how he really feels about it.

Or is rookie of the year determined by any other way than being the highest scoring rookie?

must have been a contender, assuming it's how you did 'on balance' rather than pure championship position. Bradl isn't a big personality but he has got much better at the media 'game' and his enthusiasm is clear from the limited amount I have seen. His on-track performance spoke for itself and this award plus the extended HRC support for 2013 is well-deserved IMO.

Espargaro is not a rookie. Has was on the Pramac bike a couple years back already. But I guess you could make a case that all the guys on CRTs are rookies if you count the machinery as well.