Lombard Street, the windy San Francisco road with the line of cars and gaping socks-in-sandals tourists, isn’t the twistiest road in the city (that title belongs to Vermont Street), but it’s a sunny stage that’s ideal for public stunts. And MotoGP racer Stefan Bradl wended his way down the street on his racing-spec motorcycle four times for a Red Bull promotional video.
Bradl is the 2011 Moto2 Champion and, at 22 years old, competing in this weekend’s MotoGP race at Laguna Seca. Think of Lombard as a warm up for the course’s infamous Corkscrew. Besides the curves, which 2011 Moto2 champion Bradl is used to, the street is made of bricks that have been polished slick after decades of traffic. Even after using tire warmers, he kept his speed low, but the exhaust broadcast all 1,000cc of the engine in his Honda RC 213V.