Press release previews from the teams:
Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 go straight from Indianapolis to Brno
Following the Indianapolis Grand Prix, riders and team travel direct to Czech Republic to contest the eleventh round of the season.
The Brno Circuit is the next stage for Fabio Quartararo and Jorge Navarro, seventh and tenth respectively in the Moto3 overall standings, to continue adding experience in their Grand Prix careers.
Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 took pole position in 2013 at Brno, thanks to Spanish rider Álex Rins setting the fastest Moto3 lap at the track to date. The following season, current Moto3 World Champion Álex Márquez gave a second pole to the team. This experience within the structure will undoubtedly be of great help for young Quartararo and Navarro as they fight for the best results at the fast Czech circuit.
The action begins this Friday at 9am local time, with the first free practice for the Czech Republic Grand Prix.
Did you know?
The Brno circuit is situated between wooded hills that make the layout a series of winding curves and difficult elevation changes. As was the case in Sachsenring, until 1982 races were held on the roads around the Czech town and in 1987 the current 5.4km circuit debuted in the World Championship.
Estrella Galicia 0,0 rider
7th in the overall standings with 79 points
"The Brno circuit has features that I've encountered at other circuits -the winding corners are similar to those at Austin"
"We are going to a track that is new to me and seems to be quite difficult. The Brno circuit has features that I've encountered at other circuits -the winding corners are similar to those at Austin- but in Brno but we must bear in mind that there are also quite a lot of changes in elevation. We will work from the first day to have a good feeling as quickly as possible and try to be in the front positions from the first free practice. In Indianapolis, for example, we had very good setup from the second practice session, but then in the race conditions were completely different. I hope the same thing does not happen in Brno and we get back to fighting in the leading group in the race."
Estrella Galicia 0,0 rider
10th in the overall standings with 79 points
"If we continue working in this way, we will be fighting with the leading group in the Czech Republic"
"Last year I rode at Brno and it is a circuit I like and where I enjoyed myself a lot. We also arrive at a very good time for us, having done a great job in the last few races. After the summer break we arrived strong in Indianapolis and we have made further progress. If we continue working in this way, we will be fighting with the leading group in the Czech Republic -which is our goal. If we can also fight for a podium it would be perfect, but the goal is to continue building as before and the results will arrive."
Moto3 - San Carlo Team Italia comes back to Europe at the Automotodrom Brno
After Indianapolis, new challenge in Brno for Stefano Manzi and Matteo Ferrari.
From the old to the new continent in few days. After the tenth seasonal round at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway from 7th to 9th August, San Carlo Team Italia gets ready for the eleventh round of the 2015 Moto3 World Championship during the weekend from 14th to 16th August at the Automotodrom Brno, traditional summer event of the calendar.
On the famous track of Czech Republic, Stefano Manzi and Matteo Ferrari will try to improve after a not exciting race in Indianapolis, since they both have already had good results on the ex Masaryk Circuit. Unlike Indy, the sixteen-year-old Manzi knows very well the characteristics of Brno, track where he got three podiums in the Red Bull Rookies Cup between 2012 and 2014, fighting for the victory in the two races of last year.
Favourable precedents in Brno also for Matteo Ferrari, author of one of his best races of 2014 in terms of gap from the winner, always with San Carlo Team Italia.
Cristiano Migliorati (Sports Manager - San Carlo Team Italia Moto3)
"We leave behind the unlucky race in the U.S. and we start again here in Europe in Brno. Thinking about their precedents, the track should suit very well to our two riders. Last year Matteo Ferrari was here author of one of his best races of the season: not for the result, but for the gap from the winner which was quite limited. Also Stefano Manzi knows well the track of Czech Republic, he got podiums here and fought for the victory while racing in Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup. This combination of factors should allow us to look at the weekend with a little confidence: we will try to maximise our efforts to achieve a good result in Sunday's race.".
FAST AND FLOWING BRNO BECKONS FOR BASTIANINI AND LOCATELLI
After the return to action from the mid-season break at Indianapolis, the Moto3 World Championship heads straight back to Europe this weekend to prepare for the round 11 contest at the fast and flowing circuit of Brno. Another crucial race for Gresini Racing Team Moto3 racers Enea Bastianini and Andrea Locatelli, who scored once again points at Indy despite unpredictable weather conditions.
Second last year at Brno despite a heel injury remedied during practice, Bastianini will try to recover some other points on championship leader Danny Kent on a favourable track. The 17-year-old rider from Rimini is currently second in the standings with 134 points, 56 less than the British rider.
In the Czech Republic the stated aim of Locatelli is to try to return to fight in the leading group: the 18-year-old rider from Selvino, who so far collected 31 points, will aim to increase his tally with an important placement.
“Last year we enjoyed a great weekend at Brno: despite the small fracture to the right heel following a high side in the second free practice session, on Friday, I made a great race, finishing and really close to victory. Therefore, we are convinced that we can be very competitive also this year, especially because lately inside the garage we are doing a great job on the bike set-up. In addition, having recovered some point on Kent in Indianapolis makes us even more motivated!”.
“At Brno we will try to be fast right from the first practice sessions to try to keep the same pace of the top riders: I'd like to take some good points for the championship, because we are getting closer and closer to the end of the season and my tally remains a bit thin. Moreover, at Indianapolis Loi, McPhee and Oettl took an unexpected podium, passing me in the overall standings. At Indy I was never able to reach a good feeling with the bike and I struggled in several parts of the track, so I hope that in a sweeping track like Brno the situation will be better. We’ll try to work to the maximum to make a step forward, in order to stay at least in the top ten in Qualifying and then try to stay with the fastest in the race”.
“On paper Brno is definitely a favourable track for us and we are convinced that Bastianini will have another great chance to shine this weekend. Since the beginning of the season Enea is keeping a very steady performance and this is also proven by his second place in the championship. We are therefore confident ahead of this weekend’s challenge. As for Locatelli, we expect an improvement in order to be competitive with both riders”.
SIMEON TARGETS PODIUM AND CHAMPIONSHIP TOP FIVE AT BRNO
After collecting other important points in the United States, Xavier Siméon and the Team Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 return to Europe this weekend to face the Czech Republic Grand Prix, round number 11 on the calendar. Thanks to the eight points collected in Indianapolis, the 25-year-old Belgian rider has now 92 points in the standings, now only 15 points behind the fifth place, occupied by Brit Sam Lowes.
Beyond the Championship objective, the coming weekend for Team Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 represents another opportunity to return to fight for a podium finish, after the second place finish in the first race of the season in Qatar and the stunning victory at the German Grand Prix at Sachsenring.
“As we have seen since the beginning of the season, the technical package at our disposal allows us to be competitive at every race: Indianapolis has perhaps been a little exception, because it’s a very different track compared to all the others and perhaps even it does just not suits my riding style. However, I’m convinced that at Brno we can be back fighting for the top positions. Our goal as always is to battle with the fastest and to collect as many points as possible, to try to finish the Championship in the top five”.
“At Indianapolis we were able to collect important points: the ranking has become shorter and we are now closer to fifth place in the Championship. Being consistent in the race pays, and we are doing it since the beginning of the season. At Indy we couldn’t fight for the podium positions, although actually we were not very far, but I hope we can do it in Brno. I think it’s a circuit in our favor so we are optimistic ahead of this challenge”.
Johann Zarco aiming for tenth consecutive podium
Ajo Motorsport rider out to further extend Moto2 World Championship lead in the Czech Republic.
08/12/2015 - Automotodrom Brno
Johann Zarco showed at the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix that he is able to have a great race even when a track is not his favourite. The summer break did not bring an end to his great form this season, and he scored a ninth podium finish in a row, increasing his lead to 71 points in the overall standings. The Moto2 series now returns to Europe and the Czech Republic, where the Frenchman wants to continue closing in on the title.
Zarco has been on the podium at the Automotodrom Brno, with a second position in 2011. In Moto2 he has always placed inside the Top 10 there, but wants more from this weekend to put the poor results of the past few seasons in the Czech Republic behind him. With 199 points, an advantage of 71 points and a record of nine straight races on the podium, the Ajo Motorsport rider is the man of the moment in Grand Prix racing.
The Moto2 riders will take to the track at Brno for the first time on Friday at 10:55am, to contest the first free practice session. Qualifying is on Saturday at 3:05pm and the race will be run on Sunday at 12:20pm.
5 JOHANN ZARCO
"We leave Indianapolis with a second place that felt like victory, because it was a difficult weekend at a circuit that is not one of my favourites. In addition, we managed to increase the championship lead, so it was impossible to do better.
Brno is a completely different, spectacular circuit. I am very happy to go there and hopefully we have good weather. Unlike Indy, this circuit brings back good memories. It is true that in recent years the results could have been better, but this year with the team and the Kalex, everything is different. I can’t wait to ride with this bike on this nice track.
I will try, if possible, for the win, and I am calm because we have the potential to do so. We must try to increase the advantage. I’m eager to start the GP."
Back to Europe for Red Bull KTM Ajo at home of Hanika
Red Bull KTM Ajo rider eager to race in front of his home crowd in Czech Republic, whilst Oliveira wants to cut points gap to leader and Binder to fight for the podium.
08/12/2015 - Automotodrom Brno
The Red Bull KTM Ajo riders are in action again this weekend, less than a week after the wild Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix. The three riders face the eleventh round of the Moto3 World Championship with the intention of being amongst the frontrunners. Karel Hanika is especially looking forward to this Grand Prix, which takes place at the Brno Automotodrom, 10 km from his home. Miguel Oliveira and Brad Binder want to return to the fight for the podium and keep adding important points to their tallies in the overall standings.
Miguel Oliveira, who cut a point off the gap to the leader last week, will continue fighting until the last lap of the eight remaining races to finish the season as high up as possible. After the strange race at Indianapolis, the Portuguese wants to take a podium at a track where for the last three years he has finished in the Top 10. He is only 7 points from overtaking his total from 2014.
Also wanting to continue in the top half of the classification is Brad Binder. The South African has made the Top 10 in 9 of the 10 races that have taken place so far, although he is not settling for this. In his previous visits to the Czech track, his sixth from last year is his best memory.
Karel Hanika contests his home race this weekend, at the track where he used to train as a child. Hanika will be riding in front of family and friends, as well as many fans. Last year he was fifteenth in the race, and in the Red Bull Rookies Cup he won two of the three races he contested at Brno between 2012 and 2013.
The Moto3 Czech Republic Grand Prix will be held on Sunday at 11am.
44 MIGUEL OLIVEIRA
"We arrive in Brno with plenty of desire to do well, after a really wild race in Indianapolis that was decided by tyre choice. This weekend the forecast is for hot temperatures, so we will see how we respond. As we did at Indianapolis, we will try to be consistent in every session and always be up at the front. The work we do before Sunday will be key to a getting on the podium."
41 BRAD BINDER
"I arrive at this Grand Prix very keen. The truth is that the race last weekend left me a little disappointed, because after the practices we did, I really thought we could get a very good result if everything had gone as planned. In the end, it was a lottery.
Brno is one of my favourite circuits on the calendar. I think it could favour both my riding style and the KTM, and we will be able to make our great top speed count. I hope we enjoy a 'normal' weekend."
98 KAREL HANIKA
"Brno is my home Grand Prix, because I live just 10km from the circuit. It is the event I await most eagerly every year. It is the track where I grew up and started riding, as well as on the minimoto circuit that is beside it. Last year the race was interesting because we were 15th and just 1.8 seconds behind the winner, so we were very close to the top positions. I hope it's like that this year. If we find a good setup and do those things well in practice, I think we can get a positive result.
I'm sure I'm going to have fun, because many fans will come and hopefully they will encourage me. If I had to highlight one area of the circuit it would be Stadion, which is a spectacular sector."
Rabat and Márquez ready for red-hot Brno weekend
Brno, Czech Republic – 12 August 2015: Tito Rabat heads to this weekend’s Czech Republic Grand Prix at Brno determined to reclaim second place in the championship standings, after missing out on a podium finish last time out in America.
The reigning World Champion was demoted to third in the standings by Alex Rins, who took his maiden Moto2 race win in the Indianapolis Grand Prix. Rabat now trails his fellow countryman by three points, with series leader Johann Zarco a further 71 points ahead. It is a gap that the Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS rider is keen to close this weekend at Brno, a track at which he dominated with pole position, a new circuit record and the win last season.
Álex Márquez heads to Brno looking to build on a solid performance in Indianapolis, where he claimed his third top ten finish of his rookie Moto2 season. The reigning Moto3 World Champion has targeted the podium in the second half of the season and will be looking to finish closer to the top five this weekend in the Czech Republic.
The Brno race promises to be a hot one, both on and off the track. The Czech Republic is currently enduring an extended heat wave, with temperatures predicted to rise to almost 40°C on all three days this weekend. But it’s not just the heat the two Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS riders will have to contend with, as the weather forecast is currently predicting a race day disrupted by thunderstorms.
“We were strong in Indianapolis, but the rain on Sunday made a big change to the track conditions and we had to make a lot of changes to the set up of the bike for the race. For Brno I feel strong, I feel good, but the weather could play a big part once again this weekend. Fully wet or fully dry is good while mixed wet and dry conditions is not good for anyone, but we will see. My feeling is good with the bike and with the team, who’ve worked hard this season, so I hope to be up their fighting for the win in Brno.”
“We went to Indianapolis knowing we couldn’t win the race, but we did make a step forward and that was important so we left there in a positive frame of mind. Brno is a really nice track on the Moto3 bike, one of my favourites, and I think it will remain so with the Moto2 bike. It’s a long lap with a lot of changes of direction so it will be physically demanding on the heavier Moto2 bike, especially with the hot weather that is predicted, but we’re prepared for that. In terms of a goal for the weekend; we need to continue working in the same way we did at Indianapolis, to find the next step.”
Back to business despite the afterglow
While Livio Loi and everybody else at RW Racing GP is still relishing the victory in Indianapolis it is time to get back to business. Afterglow or not, the next challenge is already waiting: round 11 of the championship, the Czech GP in Brno.
RW Racing GP came back home on Monday, less than 24 hours after Livio Loi won his first ever Grand Prix after a brave move of team manager Jarno Janssen, who took the responsibility of putting slicks on the Honda. “Taking that gamble was one thing; Livio had to bring it home. He did a perfect job,” Janssen compliments his rider. “We knew what he is capable of. Of course this victory is a reward for all of us, but especially for Livio. And not only a reward, also a big motivation. Now it is a matter of keeping this mojo going and show some more good results.”
The team didn’t have time to celebrate as their flight was already the same evening. But the reception back home was superb, with friends, family and fans awaiting the newly crowned Grand Prix-winner. Loi and the team only had little time to enjoy as they left for Brno today for the Czech GP this weekend.
From this race on the German company Jöhrer, specialized in polishing and milling, is a new sponsor, following the Dutch law-firm Eujen, that has been on the bike as a sponsor from the Sachsenring on.
“The reception at home was fantastic. I more or less expected a party, knowing my family. It was a pity nobody was with me in the US. My dad normally comes with me but this trip was too expensive. Winning this race was incredible and it is still sinking in. Winning a GP is every rider’s dream, and I have achieved it. But it’s not that I’m done now. On the contrary: I want more like this! It’s good we are in Brno now. I like the track. It’s where I won my first international race, in the Red Bull Rookies Cup. We’ll just try our best and see where it brings us.”
MOTIVATION IS HIGH IN LEOPARD RACING’S GARAGE FOR ROUND ELEVEN AT BRNO THIS WEEKEND
After Leopard Racing’s unlucky outcome of the Indy race last Sunday, its rider line up headed by dominating series leader Danny Kent is very ambitious for this weekend’s Czech grand prix to re-gain lost points for their championship campaign.
Tricky weather conditions made it to a gamble just before the start either to set up the bike for rain or dry conditions last time out at the famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway. All three riders and crews in Leopard Racing decided to start with a wet setup, but it became obvious very soon that it was the wrong choice as the track dried out quickly. Even though Kent and his team mate Vazquez were the fastest riders on track after changing to slick tyres in the pits, it was for the very first time this year that none of the turquois coloured Leopards could play any role during the race as they had lost too much time during their stop in the pits.
It wasn’t a big drama for Danny Kent, five times winner this season and finishing every single race on the podium, except Le Mans, to lose ten points over his first contender in the championship, Enea Bastianini. Kent looks forward to race at Brno, a track which should suit him and the season dominating Honda machine well, and the 22 year young Briton is very eager to increase the points lead even more this Sunday.
Meanwhile Efren Vazquez faces a tough weekend at the fast and flowing Brno circuit because he is very well aware that this track requires a different riding position as well as a precise riding style due to its enormous width whilst the 5.4 kilometre long circuit in the surrounding of Brno again is somewhat new for Japanese Hiroki Ono once again, who also raced against his luck last Sunday. Furthermore it’s the first back-to-back race coming from a flyaway event but Ono feels ready to tackle the upcoming challenge well.
The Czech round was in the news recently to hold this year or not, but thanks to the efforts of all parties involved all riders and teams are happy to race again at the wonderful Brno circuit to the series normal schedule, starting on Friday morning with free practice session. Beyond that the future of the Czech grand prix is also fixed now.
#7 Efren VAZQUEZ - World Championship position 5 (96 points):
“I think the next race in Brno is one of the most difficult tracks in terms for my riding style of the season. You also need a powerful bike there as well the riding position on the bike is a little bit different compared to other tracks so I will concentrate 100 percent on this things for this weekend. Anyway, I want to get a good result there in order to forget the really bad Indy outcome quickly. So for this I’ll give my best there, but also with an eye on the championship to reduce the gap to the guys in front of me.”
#52 Danny KENT - World Championship leader (190 points):
“Well, luckily the next race in Brno already takes place this weekend and I really look forward to round eleven. Especially after the bad result in Indianapolis, motivation will be very high to try to extend our championship lead even more. But I also look forward to enjoy the fast and flowing circuit, so I think Brno will be a very good track for me and Honda.”
#76 Hiroki ONO - World Championship position 22 (15 points):
“Well, it is the first time for me to come from an oversea race heading straight to the next event, so I feel a little bit of jetlag. But it doesn’t bother me because I had a good rest in Barcelona, so I’m more than ready for the upcoming task now, particularly because the Indy race didn’t went well for us. I already had a close look to the Brno circuit and the first impression is good. But honestly speaking I expect a tough first outing here due to the long track and its enormous width and of course there are some chicanes where it will take some laps to find the right and fast line.”
The Sky Racing Team VR46 heads to the Czech Republic to keep improving
Fenati, current lap-record holder. Migno ready to ride the 20th GP of his career
The Sky Racing Team VR46 gets ready for the traditional Summer appointment of the Moto3 World Championship that celebrates the August bank holiday in Brno o the occasion of the Czech Republic Grand Prix. The track located in Kyvalka, about twenty kilometers off Brno, will host the GP following the third place in the overall standings secured by Romano Fenati in Indianapolis. The rider from Ascoli Piceno will get on track with the objective of maintaining this prestigious placement, confident of the lap record he set last year during the race.
On his part, Andrea Migno is about to reach the first milestone of his young career: on Sunday, he will celebrate his 20th Grand Prix in the World Championship on a track he knows. In particular, in 2011, Migno finished in the points (15th and 13th) the two races of the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup, while in 2013 he took part in the Brno GP as wild card just in the Moto3 class. During Sunday pre-race, Migno will be the protagonist of a special report aired on Sky Sport MotoGP HD: along with Mauro Sanchini, the rider will simulate a lap describing the most distinguishing features of the Brno track.
PABLO NIETO / Team Manager
After Indy, we will go into next race with a great motivation and confident of our means. The team responded well after a troublesome start, without ever losing heart and keep doing an awesome job during the race. Two lightning pit-stops and the right strategy allowed us to lead both our riders in the top 5: that is the proof it wasn’t by chance. We are starting from that and try to do our best in Brno, building on what we have achieved so far with an aim to fine-tune our strategy during the race weekend. Brno has always been one of the most-eagerly awaited GPs of the season, in front of a big crowd on one of the most technical tracks of the World Championship, in some ways similar to the Mugello circuit.
ROMANO FENATI / Reader
The Indianapolis weekend got off to a troublesome start but then ended very well. We can be proud of having been able to reverse a difficult situation. I am very happy with the team, it worked hard to restore my confidence and feeling with the bike. The lightning pit-stop allowed us to get a good finish. This fourth place gave us a confidence boost and made the Moto3 title battle even more interesting, with a different outlook into next races. We are very focused on the upcoming race weekend, we really want to do well and keep the recent positive trend going.
ANDREA MIGNO / Reader
We left Indy behind ourselves regretting something we could have achieved and that, because of a single mistake, we weren’t able to get. In the last few days I have tried to build on the experience I gained on the U.S. circuit: during the race I had got a great feeling with the bike, the fourth position I had got at some point was an extra confidence boost. We will keep going on this path also in Brno, convinced that sooner or later the wheel of fortune will turn for us too. I know the track, but it has been two years since last time I raced here, so I’ll have to make the most of FP sessions to get reacquainted with the track and give my best.
Dunlop Moto2 & Moto3 Championships
12th August 2015
Dunlop Moto3 Graduates Continue To Shine In Moto2
• Oettl Regains Dunlop #Forever Forward League Lead After Early Indianapolis Tyre Change
Brno hosts the Czech Republic round of the FIM Moto Championship just one week after the USA Grand Prix. Alex Rins became the second Moto3 graduate to win a Moto2 race last weekend. The first was Jonas Folger who has won two races this season and will have high hopes for a good result at the Brno circuit where he won his only Moto3 race in 2012. There are now four riders who have appeared on both Moto3 and Moto2 podiums: Rins, Folger, Cortese and Salom.
Brno is a medium energy circuit with eight left and six right handed corners. Dunlop’s engineers have nominated soft and medium tyres with the exception of Moto2 where riders have the option of a hard rear specification.
Brno 2014 Highlights
An amazingly close race in Moto3 was won by Alex Masbou. The top three finished within 0.187 seconds. Alex Marquez was too far behind the lead to make it on the podium despite finishing with a gap of just 0.2 seconds. The top three were all on different chassis: Honda, KTM and Husqvana, while in Moto2 it was a Kalex podium clean sweep.
Fact: The ‘997’ hard rear tyre on which Rabat won the race was introduced in Brno the previous year when Mika Kallio used it to win on its first outing on a track with a surface of 21 degrees Celsius. Esteve Rabat raced to victory on the same tyre at Losail in 2014 where the track was a full ten degrees hotter. This proves the versatility of the latest generation Dunlop tyres, providing increased durability and speed in a wide range of track conditions.
Philipp Oettl’s early change onto slick tyres at the start of the Moto3 Indianapolis race propelled him from the back of the grid to finish third. His 31 place gain is the season’s biggest gain by a significant margin and puts the German back at the top of the Dunlop #Forever Forward league for positions gained. Livio Loi won the race having started from 26th and moves into the top-ten.
Simon Betney, International Event Manager, Dunlop Motorsport:
“It was great to see Alex Rins win his first Moto2 race as a former Moto3 rider. Dunlop is proud of providing tyres in series where riders can progress. We are sure to see more success from them and other graduates before the end of the year.”