Fast MotoGP News: Bradl Rides His Father's Bike, Charley Boorman to Show Up at Phillip Island

Stefan Bradl and his father Helmut 3 photos
The Bradls, father and sonEwan McGregor and Charley Boorman
LCR Honda German rider Stefan Bradl has thrown leg over his father’s 1991 250cc two-stroke Honda machine during an event last Sunday at the Sachsenring circuit, the host of the upcoming MotoGP round in mid-July and the 9th and final round of the season’s first half.
Ilmberger is a manufacturer specialized in carbon fiber parts and one of Bradl’s sponsors, so having him in the “Tech Days” event at Sachsenring was only natural. Stefan flew from the Netherlands right after the Assen race to meet with his father Helmut and Ilmberger officials, and rode the old Honda around the track. Helmuth Bradl was the runner up in 1991 in the 250cc class, getting as close as 17 points to the championship winner Luca Cadalora.

LCR boss Lucio Checchinello was also present at the event and held workshops on the use of carbon fiber in the racing industry, suspensions and setting up racing motorcycles. Being a factory supported rider, Bradl is forbidden to ride his LCR bike on a MotoGP circuit two weeks prior to a race on that track, but the FIM regulations have nothing against riding other machines. Anyway, Bradl just got a bit of an early heads up for the Sachsenring layout…

BMW rider, world tourer and actor Charley Boorman will be present at the MotoGP Australian round at Phillip Island in the 17-19 October weekend. Boorman will be live on-stage on Saturday and Sunday for a 90-minute-long presence in both days, sharing his experiences in his on and off the road rides around the world. His presentations will also include behind-the-scenes insights from the two TV series alongside his friend, fellow actor and fellow rider Ewan McGregor, Long Way Round and Long Way Down. His more recent adventures, such as Race to Dakar, By Any Means and Extreme Frontiers will also be part of the show.

Australian Grand Prix Corporation CEO Andrew Westacott says that “Boorman is everything that the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix is about – entertainment, adventure, travel and most importantly, motorcycling." Charley Boorman’s shows will take place on Saturday 18th October from 5.00pm – 6.30pm and one on Sunday 19th October from 9.00am – 11.00am.
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