The remaining press release previews of the Brno MotoGP round from the Pramac Ducati team, the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha team, and the Cardion AB team:
Edwards and Crutchlow raring to return to action at Brno
The Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team heads to Brno for this weekend's Czech Republic MotoGP round refreshed and raring to restart the 2011 World Championship campaign.
The welcome two-week summer break that followed an intense period of six races in eight weekends gave Colin Edwards and Cal Crutchlow the perfect opportunity to recharge their batteries for the final phase of the season.
Edwards was able to relax with family and friends at home in America while also welcoming the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team crew to his popular Texas Tornado Boot Camp immediately after the last race at Laguna Seca.
The 37-year-old has been a model of consistency in 2011 with seven top ten finishes, including a stunning podium finish in a rain-lashed British Grand Prix at Silverstone. Edwards is confident he can extend his impressive sequence of results in Brno this weekend by challenging for his first top six finish at the Czech Republic venue, which is one of the most popular on the 18-round schedule.
British rider Crutchlow is looking forward to this weekend's Brno race and he's in determined mood to recapture the brilliant form he showed at the start of his rookie MotoGP campaign.
Crutchlow was competing for a top ten at the previous race at Laguna Seca last month when he crashed out of contention, but the 25-year-old is optimistic he can put a disappointing run of results behind him at Brno.
Crutchlow claimed pole position and one podium finish during last year's Brno World Superbike round and he's looking forward to being back on familiar t erritory having never previously raced on eight out of 10 tracks so far in 2011.
The Brno race is one of only four European stops remaining for the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team this season, with the French-based squad also embarking on long-haul trips to America, Japan, Australia and Malaysia in the coming weeks.
Colin Edwards, 8th - 67 points:
"I am really excited about going to Brno, even though it has never been a great track for me for some reason. But it is the start of the second half of the season and I can't wait to get back on my Monster Yamaha Tech 3 machine. I had some decent time off with the family and spent some days in the Boot Camp. All the guys from the Team came straight after Laguna Seca and we all had a great time, and it is clear that I'm not the only one fast on two wheels in our squad! Look ing ahead to this weekend, I've had some decent results at Brno but nothing really great. I've never scored a top six there so I'll be aiming to put that right on Sunday. We've struggled with set-up issues since Sachsenring and nothing has gone fantastic since then. But I'm confident we can make the bike better at Brno and a good result will set us up nicely for the last seven races, starting with another trip home to Indianapolis later this month, which I'm really excited about."
Cal Crutchlow, 15th - 34 points:
"I am looking forward to the second half of the season as some of the tracks that are coming up I know and I've done well on before, including Brno. Almost all the circuits in the first half of the season were new for me and I always had to learn from zero. But that's all part of the learning experience and I'm concentrating solely on getting a good result this weekend and putt ing the bad luck behind me. The last few races have been quite difficult, but I showed at the start of the season my potential with some strong performances, and that's the form I need to rediscover, starting in Brno this weekend. The track is a good one for me and I've got good memories from last season when I got on the podium and also took pole position in World Superbikes. So it is a track I know I am fast on and I am looking forward to seeing how it feels on a MotoGP bike. I had a good summer break and stayed on in America for a holiday, but now I'm ready to get back working hard with the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team and having a good final part of the season."
DE PUNIET GRITS HIS TEETH AT BRNO. CAPIREX WANTS REDEMPTION
The eleventh round of the MotoGP championship takes place at Brno, in the Czech Republic, three weeks after the misfortune of the Laguna Seca grand prix, where Randy De Puniet didn't take part due to a qualifying crash. The Frenchman, like his teammate Loris Capirossi, won't be in top form, but the goal is to take to the track for the race. De Puniet took the 250cc win at this track in 2003, and it's also one of the favorites of Capirossi, who in 2006 finished first aboard the factory Ducati.
Fabiano Sterlacchini - Pramac Racing Technical Director
"We come to Brno after a break of a couple weeks, although our two riders, Loris Capirossi and Randy De Puniet, certainly won't be at 100%. Loris continues to undergo daily therapy on his shoulder. After the miracle at Laguna Seca, where he managed to finish the race, there's hope that he'll be better. Randy's condition is still uncertain. The fractures that he suffered are quite painful, but he has the will to race. He's not taking anti-pain medication these days, but maybe he will if he decides to ride. Brno is a very nice circuit, even if there are some particular spots to consider—fast changes of direction, so the bike will have to be stable."
Loris Capirossi - Pramac Racing Team rider
"Unfortunately, the shoulder problem is persisting. The doctor said I should undergo surgery, but I'll only consider that after the championship. For now I'm undergoing therapy every day. For Brno I hope to continue improving my physical condition. I've rested during this two-week break, which I really needed. I want to ride well and to finally have a good result. The Czech track is one of my favorites, so hopefully I'll manage that."
Randy De Puniet - Pramac Racing Team rider
"Missing the race at Laguna Seca was very difficult for me to accept, especially after the hard work carried out during practice and qualifying. During the past couple of weeks, I visited the doctor to better understand the situation with my pelvis. Fortunately, there are no fractures, but the pain still hasn't gone away. I underwent, and am still undergoing, daily therapy in order to be ready for Brno. The bike had responded well to input in recent races, and it would be a shame not to take full advantage of this positive moment for us with the bike."
Karel Abraham: I believe that the Brno Circuit will be completely different on a MotoGP bike
Debut in the premier class in front of the Czech fans awaits for Karel Abraham. The Cardion AB Motoracing rider is starting the second half of his premiere season in the MotoGP from 12th position in the overall standings.
Karel Abraham, who enter the premier class after he won the last race of the 2010 season in Moto2 class, finished four races in top ten so far. His best results scored in Jerez and Silverstone where he crossed the finish line in seventh place. "I have to admit that if somebody predicted me these result when the season started I wouldn't believe him. But now I know that I can do even better," said Karel Abraham.
"Despite the fact that the Brno Circuit is my home circuit I have no possibility to practice here during the season," continued Abraham. "I have experience from the first half of the season that all circuits are completely different on a MotoGP bike. It's gonna be interesting to see if the situation will be the same this weekend."
With the total length of 5 403 metres, the Brno Circuit is very demanding for the rider‘s body. "It suits my style, although it's very difficult to find the right set-up of the bike here. It has a lot of fast corners, not chicanes. Some riders have a problem in Brno due to big elevation, but I like it," admitted the twenty-one years old Czech rider.
Karel Abraham showed significant progress during the first half of the season, especially during the qualifying practices. "Start of the race and the first two or three laps are still my biggest weakness, but I believe that when I solve this problem I will be able to fight for top ten finish in every race."
The Cardion AB Motoracing rider will complete the Friday and Saturday sessions with the bike in the standard livery, but in the race will start in a special white livery. "We think that the start of the first Czech rider in the premier class on his home circuit is exceptional event to which we want to draw attention," added Karel Abraham Sr., rider's father and manager of the Cardion AB Motoracing team.