Press release previews from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams, and Dunlop:
Karel Hanika reveals keys to Brno
Red Bull KTM Ajo rookie analyses every corner of Brno track which hosts his home Grand Prix this weekend.
08/12/2014 - Automotodrom Brno, Czech Republic
The winner of the 2013 Red Bull Rookies Cup has shown in recent races that he belongs in the Moto3 Top 10, and that he has the talent to fight in the first group in his maiden year of GP racing. Karel Hanika arrives in Brno in good shape for the Czech Republic Grand Prix, his home round and an event that he hopes will see him at his best in front of his fans. The winner of two races at the track in the last two years in the Red Bull Rookies Cup, the Red Bull KTM Ajo rookie is expected to be fast at the Automotodrom Brno from the off. Here he reveals the keys to the 5.4km circuit that he knows like the back of his hand.
"It's very important to get the first corner right, because that way you are set up for Turn 2 and can gain tenths on the straight. On this first turn you can go pretty fast, in third or fourth gear, and it's important to get enough speed in the apex to shoot out as fast as possible." The first sector of the Czech track is not a favourite of Hanika’s, and he says that "Turn 3 is very good for overtaking, but I have suffered more than one crash there. After this, if you take it well, you have no problems running into Turn 4."
After this, you reach the most famous area for fans. "You go onto the ‘Stadion’ section, which has some very fast corners. This is my favorite part. On Turns 5 and 6 you increase speed until you get to Turn 7 -where the grandstands are full of fans. It's very nice to see people cheering you on there. This first left-hander is not very difficult, as you can lean in well and take it at the right speed, but the second one is a bit more difficult since there is a bump on the entry to the corner. At this point it is easy to lose your positioning for Turn 9."
After the second sector, the next part of the track starts with the right-hander Turn 9, which leads onto a long straight. "Then we go into Turn 10, the Kevin Schwantz corner which is one of the most famous on the track -and also excellent for overtaking. On this corner it is important to be careful with the front end, because there are some bumps on the entry and in the middle of the turn and you can suffer a scare. If you take the good line you can gain a lot of time, because the track is wide here."
Then it is time to climb the hill and take two linked corners. Turns 11 and 12 take the bike left and then right. "This is the most important and decisive part for your lap time. Turn 11 is not hard to take correctly, but for Turn 12 you have to open the throttle as soon as possible in order to go faster. It’s possibly the most important corner on the track, where you have to get up the maximum speed possible and -if you can- find a slipstream. The top of this hill is also characterised by the large number of fans gathered there. From here, you face the final chicane. Turn 13 -'Horizont'- is the last place at which you can really overtake comfortably and where a tight race can be decided. At Turn 14 it is more difficult, as if you know the track well you can maintain position without too much trouble. After this, you just have to tuck yourself in on the KTM as best as you can and keep the gas pegged until the chequered flag."
Knowing all these secrets to the track, Karel Hanika is looking forward to the lights going out at Brno on Sunday, 11:00am, and is aiming for his best performance of the season in a scheduled 19-lap race.
Circuit information - Automotodrom Brno
Length: 5.403 m / 3.357 miles
Left corners: 6
Right corners: 8
Longest straight: 636 m / 0.395 miles
THE TEAM FEDERAL OIL GRESINI MOTO2 PRIMED TO FLY HIGH IN CZECH REPUBLIC
After the Indianapolis Grand Prix, the Team Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 is straight back in action this weekend for the Czech Republic Grand Prix, which takes place at the Brno circuit, a classic venue of the championship characterized by sweeping and fast bends.
A race which on the paper is well suited to Xavier Siméon’s riding style: the Belgian rider, forced to retire in Indianapolis, is eager to finally get a result that can reverse the course of the second part of the season after some unlucky races.
On the other side of the garage, Lorenzo Baldassarri will try to enter into the points scoring positions aboard the Team Gresini Moto2 Suter, being not able to add points to his ranking following a disappointing qualifying at Indy: started back in 32nd place, the Italian rookie, however, made a good recovery up to 17th place. Baldassarri’s first goal in Brno is therefore to be more consistent on Saturday, in order to get a more advanced position on the grid.
XAVIER SIMEON “In Brno our goal number one is to ensure that luck turns on our side... Unfortunately, even in Indianapolis we didn’t get a reward for our efforts, paying a very high price for a small mistake. A pity, because in the race the situation had improved compared to practice and I was feeling comfortable. The Brno circuit is very beautiful and I think that our Suter machine may be competitive there: we have all we need to do well, but considering what happened in Indy, I prefer not to make any predictions”.
LORENZO BALDASSARRI “I’m looking forward to Brno, a fast track that I think will suit my riding style. Personally, I will try to get more physically fit than in Indianapolis, that was a really tough race from this point of view; regarding the bike, we will try some set-up adjustments to make it easier to ride. Finally, and most important, we must absolutely avoid to repeat the disappointing qualifying of Indianapolis: I would like to start well in practice, in order to be well prepared for the qualifications and therefore obtain a good starting position”.
FAUSTO GRESINI “We get back on track only a few days after a very disappointing weekend and honestly in this situation it’s difficult to make predictions. In one week, nothing changes, so we will only try to start the weekend with the right attitude and continue to progress avoiding mistakes, in order to get to the race prepared and competitive. The Brno track definitely has the characteristics that are well suited to our bikes and our riders, so this time we hope to be able to go home satisfied”.
ANTONELLI AND BASTIANINI GUNNING FOR GLORY AT FAST AND FLOWING BRNO
Junior Team GO&FUN Moto3 youngsters, Niccolò Antonelli and Enea Bastianini, will be looking for a good result in the Czech Republic Grand Prix which takes place this weekend, on the fast and flowing Brno track, which on the paper is well suited to their characteristics.
Niccolò Antonelli will still have to deal with his right collarbone injury, which prevented him to get into the points at Indianapolis due to lack of strength in the final stages of the race: the 18-year-old rider from Cattolica, however, is confident that he can attack in a less challenging circuit from a physical point of view like Brno.
His teammate, Enea Bastianini, collected 5 points in Indy thanks to an 1tth place finish: a positive result considering the off-track excursion during the early stages of the race, which caused him to lose contact with the leading group. The 16-year-old rookie, however, is determined to return to fight at the top since he has repeatedly shown the potential to succeed.
NICCOLO' ANTONELLI “From a physical point of view, Brno is a less demanding track than Indianapolis, so I think I will have less problems: in fact in Indy the real problem was not the pain on my right shoulder, but the strength that have started to decline after only a few laps. In addition, a week of rest will definitely help me to get in a better shape. I love Brno and I definitely want to return to attack”.
ENEA BASTIANINI “I know Brno, having raced there in 2013 with the MotoGP Rookies Cup, and I really like it: unfortunately, last year the race didn’t go well, but also in the last races there was always something that prevented us from collecting a good result... Anyway we keep thinking positive, because we know that we have a good potential and I think we can do well in Brno. To do so, however, it will be important to make a better strategy during the qualifications to prevent traffic in order to obtain a more advanced position on the grid, which certainly makes things easier”.
FAUSTO GRESINI “We are back to Europe on a very nice track that gave us many satisfactions in the past, so we hope to reverse the trend and finally collect a good result. Both Bastianini and Antonelli have a great desire to stay on front, and no doubt they have the potential to succeed: Enea is going very fast although recently there has always been something that has prevented him from getting what he deserved, while Niccolò, although not yet completely healed, will surely be in a better physical condition, so he will be able to attack”.
Season gathers pace in the Czech Republic
MAPFRE Aspar pair to push hard for improved results at Brno
After a weekend in Indianapolis the MotoGP World Championship returns to Europe this weekend for a run of four races in the Czech Republic, UK, Italy and Spain before the long haul trips across Asia and Oceania. Unlike Indy the Brno circuit is fast and flowing with dramatic changes in elevation that make it one of the riders' favourite tracks on the entire calendar. Victory for Mika Kallio last Sunday has pulled him to within seven points of his team-mate Tito Rabat, the dominant force in the first half of the Moto2 World Championship.
The MAPFRE Aspar Team travel to Brno full of optimism and determination despite a difficult and tiring trip to Indianapolis. Both Jordi Torres and Nico Terol are hoping for better fortunes on their return to Europe, Jordi with more work to do on his new chassis whilst Nico aims to turn around a difficult period for him at a circuit where he has celebrated victory in the past and where he finished just a second behind the winner last year.
Jordi Torres: “After the trip to Indianapolis we go straight to Brno for the Czech Republic Grand Prix. Most riders tend to like this track and we go there with a good feeling after a good weekend at Indianapolis. Unfortunately our race was spoiled by a tyre problems but we know it could otherwise have been a strong race for us so we are optimistic of making up for it at Brno. We had a new chassis for the last race and we liked it a lot so we will continue to work with it this weekend. It has a lot of potential and if we can mould its characteristics to suit us I am sure we can find some more pace.”
Nico Terol: “Brno is a circuit I usually go well at and I had a great race there last year, fighting in the lead group. In the end I finished sixth, less than a second off the win, so this is a great opportunity for us to turn around the difficult period we have been going through. It is a fast and flowing circuit that you have to get right from the very first turn, otherwise you lose a lot of time. It is a wide track with a lot of grip and you need to be smooth to be fast. We didn't have much luck at Indianapolis but we will keep working hard to find a solution.”
Juanfran Guevara hopes to maintain positive trend at Brno
MAPFRE Aspar youngster aiming to build on Indy progress with a third consecutive top ten finish
It is wide, fast, grippy and usually features highly amongst the riders' lists of favourite circuits. The Brno Circuit in the Czech Republic plays host to the MotoGP World Championship this weekend, with hardly a flat piece of track amongst the 5.403km layout that rolls through the tree-lined hills. The Moto3 riders have very little time to recover from their exploits on the other side of the Atlantic, with round eleven of the championship coming hot on the back of round ten at Indianapolis and a race that saw Efren Vázquez take the first win of his long career. Jack Miller retained the championship lead, the Australian holding a 21-point advantage at the top but with just forty points covering the top five riders in the current standings.
Juanfran Guevara revealed after the race at Indianapolis that he had spent the summer working hard on concentration techniques and his efforts certainly seemed to pay off on Sunday. The MAPFRE Aspar youngster chased the lead pack to the end of the race and returns to Europe feeling high on confidence and with the knowledge that he has the pace to be a frontrunner in this category. His target on Sunday is to finish in the top ten for the third race in succession.
Juanfran Guevara: “I like Brno quite a lot and it was a good track for me last season, I felt comfortable there. It's a wide track, I think it could be good for us again this year. We did a great job last week but we still have some areas to improve. I need to learn how to control the throttle better in the flowing corners and find some more traction. If I can be a bit more progressive in acceleration then the bike will be more stable on the exit of the corner. Like Indianapolis the objective will be to push hard from the first day and try to go into qualifying on Saturday afternoon with a chance of competing for a good position on the grid. Last weekend proved how important it is to start near the front.”
Husqvarna riders continue with relentless World Championship pace
Danny Kent and Niklas Ajo hope to improve on their performances last weekend at Brno circuit, more favourable to their riding style.
08/13/2014 - Automotodrom Brno, Czech Republic
The Husqvarna riders continue their World Championship campaign with a second race in as many weeks, following their return from three weeks of inactivity. The eleventh round of the Moto3 season sees the series return to Europe and the Czech circuit of Brno, where Danny Kent and Niklas Ajo will try to score more points to climb up the standings. The Avant Tecno Husqvarna Ajo rider will look to complete the race, after the negative effects of a collision with another rider at Indianapolis.
Danny Kent managed to score four points at the last round and aims to reach the front positions at a circuit that suits his riding style. The Red Bull Husqvarna Ajo rider will try to replicate his race from Sachsenring, where he fought for the podium before finally taking his best result of the season: Fifth place. The first step to achieving his goal will be improving his grid position –which hindered him last weekend.
The return to competition for Niklas Ajo did not end as he had wanted due to contact from a rival on the opening lap. That incident would affect the rest of his race, but the Avant Tecno Husqvarna Ajo rider at least proved that he has recovered from injury and is able to ride with the fastest in the field. The Finn wants to end his bad luck this weekend in Brno, where he has yet to complete a race.
The Czech Republic Grand Prix begins on Friday with the first free practice at 9:00 am local time. The eleventh race of the year will be held on Sunday at 11am.
52 DANNY KENT
"I can’t wait to get to Brno, because it is one of my favorite tracks. It is also a circuit where my style fits nicely, with the mix of fast and slow corners. I hope to have a similar performance to Sachsenring and be a little closer to the front positions, because I'm sure that we are capable of this. In order to make this happen we need a good position on the grid because, as we saw at Indianapolis, if you start from far back it is very difficult to get to the first group."
31 NIKLAS AJO
"I can’t wait to get started at Brno. The last race did not go as we had expected. Still, we found good speed and pace after my injury and this is always positive, although the race was a bit disappointing. It was a shame. Now we have to forget about that and focus on this weekend in the Czech Republic, where we will try to do better."
Jack Miller heads to Hanika’s home race as Moto3 leader
Miller 21 points clear in the Moto3 World Championship standings as series hits in Brno. Karel Hanika eager to race in front of home fans.
08/13/2014 - Automotodrom Brno, Czech Republic
Direct from the United States to the Czech Republic, with no time for rest nor unpacking, the Red Bull KTM Ajo riders contest a second race in as many weekends this Sunday at Brno. After round 10 at Indianapolis, Jack Miller and Karel Hanika arrive eager to ride at the Czech track. Miller heads to the Automotodrom Brno fresh from taking a second consecutive podium –with 1 win and 1 third place– and Hanika hopes for a season-best performance in front of his home fans.
Six podium finishes, including 4 wins, and 6 poles are impressive stats for the Red Bull KTM Ajo team’s Australian star from the ten Grands Prix contested so far. The current leader of the Moto3 class is more comfortable at the Czech track than in Indianapolis. Last season, Miller claimed fourth position on the grid and was seventh in the race. The objective is to consolidate his lead this weekend without taking unnecessary risks.
Hanika won at Brno from pole position in 2012 and 2013 in the Red Bull Rookies Cup, but now he undertakes his first home race as a Grand Prix rider. The rookie is probably in his best form of the year. In recent rounds Hanika has shown that he can run inside the Top 10 and fight in the leading group. The Czech rider hopes to enjoy a strong weekend at his most eagerly awaited Grand Prix of the year.
Hanika will have to wait until Friday to get onboard his KTM for the first free practice session. The Moto3 race will take place on Sunday at 11:00 am.
8 JACK MILLER
"I can’t wait to get to the Czech Republic, where last year I got a very good result. I think the characteristics of the Brno track will suit our bike very well. If we push hard from the start I hope we can have a better result than in Indianapolis, because the finish line is a bit closer to the final corner and so slipstreaming is not as crucial. We'll see what happens, because it has become clear that in this category there are up to 10 riders who can fight for the win. For now I'm happy with how everything is going, but I am focused on Brno. There’s no use thinking about what we have done before, we must continue to take things race-by-race and think about the championship."
98 KAREL HANIKA
"Of course I am excited ahead of my home Grand Prix. The circuit is really close to where I live, so I've ridden there many times. I know the track very well but it's the first time I will compete there in the Moto3 World Championship. I'm sure it will be different to the races in the Rookies Cup. In recent years things have gone very well for me there, and I have won for the last two years. I'm confident we can get a good result. I just have to enjoy the weekend and have fun."
Moto3 - San Carlo Team Italia again on track at Brno
Matteo Ferrari and Andrea Locatelli 2014 season continues in Czech Republic
A traditional summer venue, the Czech Republic GP – eleventh round of the 2014 Moto3 World Championship - is about to get underway at the Automotodrom of Brno. Few days after the Indianapolis GP San Carlo Team Italia riders will continue their growth path aiming to get revenge on their last unfortunate flyaway race.
Crashed out in the early stages of the race at Indy, Matteo Ferrari (Mahindra MGP3O #3) is keen to get back to the competiveness level he showed before the summer break. “Bigin” knows the track since last year and will closely work with his team to get closer to his reference group of riders.
Andrea Locatelli (Mahindra MGP3O #55) instead will discover the characteristics of the track for the first time and his target will be to fight to get into the points.
Virginio Ferrari (Riders Manager - San Carlo Team Italia Moto3)
"We will leave behind the difficult Indianapolis weekend being aware we must to work hard to get back to the level we had reached before the summer break. Our riders have all the potential to fight in the top-10. It’s up to us to put them in the conditions to do so, as we did at the Sachsenring. Brno’s long flowing corners should exalt the riding skills of both Matteo and Andrea".
Dunlop Moto2 Riders Return With Record Breaking Tyre To Brno
One year after the debut of the ‘997’ ‘hard’ compound tyre at Brno when Johann Zarco broke the lap record on lap 20 of the 20 lap race, Dunlop is allocating the same tyre and a new-for-2014 medium option.
The Brno round follows the successful tyre performance at the newly surfaced and very abrasive Indianapolis track. Brno itself is a 5.4km track with eight right and six left corners.
So far this year, the popular 997 has played its part in three races. In the first two rounds it was the choice of all top-six riders but for round six there was a different story. Of the top six Mugello finishers, only two had chosen the 997 – Esteve Rabat, the winner and Simone Corsi in fourth. The tyre helped set new lap records on all three occasions. The alternative rear tyre is the medium 9855 compound, interestingly the alternative choice at Mugello where it secured four of the top-six places.
While the rear is usually the more critical tyre, the front harder ‘102’ could be an appealing option to help riders enhance stability under braking. The tyre has only made one podium appearance so far this year with Takaaki Nagagami who finished second at the opening round in Qatar.
Tyre allocation and colour codes:
Fronts 120/75R17, 4 x 302 (medium - black Dunlop logo on silver background) and 4 x 102 (hard - yellow Dunlop on black)
Rears, 195/75R17, 4 x 997 (hard - yellow Dunlop on black) and 5 x 9855 (medium – black Dunlop on silver)
Fronts: 95/75R17, 5 x Medium (black Dunlop on silver) and 3 x Hard (yellow Dunlop on black)
Rears: 115/75R17 , 6 x Medium (black Dunlop on silver)and 3 x Soft (black Dunlop on yellow)
The riders will have three sets of wet tyres with an additional set being permitted if all sessions are declared wet.
Race Stat: Moto3 – Hooked On Medium
A medium tyre, front and rear, has been on every podium of all ten races so far in Moto3 with new lap records being set at seven of the ten events. The nearest any other tyre has got is at Mugello where Miguel Oliveira chose a hard front tyre and finished fourth.
Clinton Howe, Operations Manager Motorcycle Grand Prix
“Brno is quite a bumpy but generally grippy circuit and due to this riders experience more chatter than anywhere else on the MotoGP calendar. Because of that we see a lot more riders using the harder option front, as this decreases chatter significantly. With rears it’s all about getting good drive out of corners as compared to other circuits there is not a lot of time spent in one particular lean angle. The temperatures of tyres are very controlled and help the tyres remain in prime condition for pushing hard in the last laps of the race, as shown last year with three of the top four finishers all setting their best times on the last lap. Of the two Moto2 front and rear tyre options there is a new option of front 102 (hard) and rear 9855 (medium) to choose from compared to last year. Both offer the improvements made during the winter testing of late 2013. For Moto3 the tyre options stay the same as last year.”