Various press releases ahead of this weekend's Czech Grand Prix at Brno:
Fresh from back-to-back victories, the Repsol HondaTeam and MotoGP paddock head to Czech Republic
With no time to rest, Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa are en route to Brno for the next race, round eleven of 2015 World Championship. A popular circuit with both the riders and fans, Brno is built in a natural bowl which has many elevation changes as the circuit navigates itself through the beautiful wooded scenery offering the spectators spectacular places to view.
Both riders have enjoyed good results here in the past with Dani winning here last year and also in 2012 when he had a memorable battle with Jorge Lorenzo, claiming his first win at the Czech circuit in the MotoGP class. He’s also won here in 250cc (2005) and in 125cc (2003). Marc has celebrated victories here in 2013 (MotoGP) and also in 2012 (Moto2).
Marc arrives in Brno 3rd in the Championship Standings on 139 points, 56 points behind Valentino, and Dani in 7th place on 80 points.
Championship Standing: 3rd - 139 points
"It was a tough race in Indianapolis, very demanding, but I’m really happy to have taken two consecutive wins! We were able to enjoy the victory on Sunday night and now we are already on our way to Brno for the next race. This isn’t one of my favourite tracks and I’ve had mixed results here in the past but we arrive there with good momentum and we will work hard to be ready for a battle!"
Championship Standing: 7th - 80 points
"Although the result was not what we wanted, I learned some things in Indy and enjoyed the battle with Valentino. I felt more comfortable on the bike and now we head to Brno where I won in 2014. This is a track I really like and always have a good feeling there. The atmosphere is special and I hope we can repeat our performance from last year. Let’s hope the weather is good for us and we can work 100% from FP1."
Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Back in Europe for Brno
Just a few days after scoring a strong double podium, the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP team returns to Europe for Sunday‘s Grand Prix of České Republiky.
Brno (Czech Republic), 12th August 2015
Fresh from an impressive ride at last weekend‘s Indianapolis Grand Prix that resulted in a double podium, Movistar Yamaha MotoGP‘s Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo continue the saga this weekend at Automotodrom Brno.
Rossi starts the eleventh MotoGP round with more determination than ever to defend his lead in the championship standings. A few days ago he rode an impressive race in Indianapolis, chasing from eighth on the grid to a solid third place, thereby continuing this year‘s still unbroken podium streak.
The nine-time World Champion looks forward to taking his YZR-M1 out for a spin at the hilly circuit of Brno this weekend, where he holds a stunning record. He secured his first ever 125cc win at the Czech Republic track in 1996. This was followed by a 250cc win in 1999, a 500cc victory in 2001 and modern era premier class Brno victories in 2003, 2005, 2008 and 2009.
Teammate Lorenzo arrives in Brno after a great performance at the Brickyard that saw the four-time World Champion lead most of the race and cross the line in second place, sealing his sixth podium of the season.
Lorenzo also has enjoyed numerous successes at Brno, claiming a 125cc victory in 2004, two 250cc victories in 2006 and 2007 and a MotoGP win in 2010. The Spaniard has consistently finished on the podium at Brno since 2012, giving him good odds that he will claim another podium this weekend.
The first GP event in Brno was held in 1930. Racers would ride through the villages and western parts of the city on a road track until the new circuit was built during the 1980s. In 1987 the Brno track hosted its first FIM Czech Grand Prix, which became popular with both fans and riders thanks to its great atmosphere and location. The natural bowl in which the circuit is situated offers spectators an excellent view and provides changes in elevation and fast corners, testing the riders‘ talent and the engineering to the limit.
There isn‘t much time to rest but I'm happy to go to the Czech Republic. In the end the Indianapolis GP was a good race, another podium is a good result. The American weekend didn‘t start very well and it was very difficult to find the better setting for the race. At the end, after warm up, we had done a good job and third place for us was really good result. We are still first in the championship and that's fine. For me Brno is a nice track, I like it better than Indianapolis, but at the same time, my teammate Jorge Lorenzo is very strong in Brno. Marquez will also be strong, as he was in Indy. We'll have to do the maximum again in this weekend to not lose any more points, but I‘m feeling positive and I think that we will make it a good weekend.
Overall the last race at Indy was pretty good for us considering that usually Indianapolis Motor Speedway is not one of my favourite tracks. It also suits our rivals better than it does us, so we have to be proud of what we did there on Sunday. Now it is time to face Brno, a completely different circuit. In this case I like the contrast a lot because I always have great fun at Brno, it‘s a nice racetrack where maybe we can be stronger than we were last weekend. We will need to be focused on doing a great job starting from Friday and try to gain as many points as we can to reduce the gap to Valentino.
We are excited to return from the USA for four upcoming rounds on European soil, especially after the double podium in Indianapolis which was a good result for us. That circuit doesn‘t suit us as well as others, so our strong performance from last weekend gives me extra confidence that we can continue as key protagonists again this weekend. The team always enjoy going to Brno, the event has a great atmosphere and it‘s a track that Vale and Jorge both like. They are both in good physical form and want to begin working as soon as possible, so we are looking forward to setting up the YZR-M1 on Friday.
Ducati Team return to Europe for the Czech Republic GP
After concluding the first of three races in the month of August at Indianapolis, the Ducati Team has now returned to Europe for the eleventh round of the 2015 MotoGP World Championship season at the Automotodrom Brno circuit in the Czech Republic.
The circuit offers a truly fantastic spectacle for the fans, but also for the teams and riders, with its main features being a succession of variable-radius corners together with numerous steep uphill and downhill sections. Fast and flowing with plenty of room for different trajectories, the Brno circuit is one of the most popular tracks on the calendar for riders.
In last year’s edition, both Ducati Team riders qualified on the front row: Andrea Dovizioso finished in sixth place, while his current teammate Andrea Iannone, with a Pramac Racing GP14, finished one place ahead in fifth. The rider from Vasto also won here in 2011 in Moto2.
The Brno weekend programme gets underway on Friday morning with the first free practice session at 09.55 CET, while the 22-lap race is scheduled for Sunday at 14.00 CET.
Andrea Iannone (Ducati Team #29) – 4th (129 points)
“In general I like every circuit, but Brno is a really beautiful track and I am happy to race here on Sunday, even though at this moment it is difficult to know what to expect from the Czech race. On paper this should be a more favourable track for the GP15, but the last four races have been rather complicated for us and so me and the team will have to work hard to improve the situation. However, we are looking forward with optimism to this weekend and we hope that we can once again get back to fighting with the frontrunners again here at Brno.”
Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team #04) – 6th (94 points)
“The Brno race will be interesting because it will give us an idea of our competitive level, also on this track, which I consider to be fantastic and very special. I think that we should go a lot better than in the last few races and that the track will be more suitable for us, even though the overall situation is what we saw at Indianapolis. But we know that we have to continue to work hard to improve our form, and in any case, I hope that my negative streak in the last few races will come to an end soon!”
The Automotodrom Brno
Until 1982, races at Brno took place on a street circuit on the outskirts of the city but a new permanent track was built in the mid-1980s and the Czech Republic Grand Prix returned to the calendar in 1987 after a gap of several years. Hugely popular with riders and fans, the circuit is situated in the hilly woods around Brno, which offer a fantastic view of the action from trackside.
TEAM SUZUKI ECSTAR AIMS FOR BETTER RESULTS AT BRNO
Team Suzuki Press Office – August 12.
Days after the GP of Indianapolis Team SUZUKI ECSTAR is back to work for the 11th round of the 2015 MotoGP™ World Championship, the Grand Prix Ceské Republiky in Brno.
After the bittersweet race in the US, Aleix Espargaro and Maverick Viñales are keen to get back on their GSX-RRs and recover the confidence and performance that they've shown in the first-half of the season. The MotoGP race at ‘The Brickyard’ was a little under the team’s expectations and, most importantly, not in-line with the improving trend for the previous nine races.
The first Grand Prix event at Brno took place as far back as 1930 but the track was initially a road-based one, with riders racing on regular roads and through villages. A new, custom-built short circuit was finally built in the 1980s and in 1987 Brno hosted the FIM-ratified Czech Grand Prix. Since that event the circuit has become a favourite with riders and fans, thanks to the natural bowl in which the track sits, giving spectators a good view of the action and because of the unique series of challenges it throws up to both rider and machine.
Brno’s challenges include a number of elevation changes through forested hillsides as well as fast and slow corners which test rider talent and engineering to the limit. The track has a length of 5.4 km (3.36 miles) - six left and eight right-hand corners.
Sunday's MotoGP race will take place over 22 laps for a total distance of 118.9 km (73.9 miles). The circuit lap record was set in 2014 and is 1m 56.027s. In Brno the handling capabilities of the chassis in sectors two and three could be one of the strengths for the Suzukis.
“I'm happy that we get back to racing immediately after Indy because that race was a little under expectations as a final result, but it gave me important confirmation about our new approach to the race weekend. My team crew and I decided to make a further step in my growth process changing how we proceed throughout Friday and Saturday's sessions and I must say that in Indy that made me feel very confident and at ease. Therefore I'm looking forward to getting into my garage and back to work, I feel well supported by the team and the factory and I know we can aim to get better results. I am growing and getting more experience race-after-race and my GSX-RR is improving in the same way. We still lack in some areas but we are working hard to have further developments following the plan that we have set up. Brno will be a tough circuit, the competitors this year are very, very strong but I feel comfortable and well trained.”
“I'm so eager to get back working with my team soon as last weekend at Indy was one of the worst so far and I need to ride as soon as possible. I struggled to find a proper confidence with the GSX-RR and this affected the whole three days. It is strange because my machine has a very good base and we usually find a good effectiveness pretty soon, but this is racing and sometimes you have a bad weekend. We have a good method to work to, therefore I am confident that already here in Brno we will get back to our usual competitiveness, trying to exploit the best out of our machine and be effective during practices. Brno will be a tough race, the uphill section is pretty steep and therefore we will need to exploit the chassis manageability in the twisty, technical part of the track. We also must be patient; the project is proceeding according to our plans and we are all focused on continuing this way.”
MOTOGP - AFTER INDY APRILIA RACING TEAM GRESINI TAKE ON THE CZECH TRACK AT BRNO
Brno (Czech Republic), 12 August 2015 - It's a non-stop August for MotoGP and Aprilia Racing Team Gresini. In fact, just a few days after the American weekend at Indianapolis it's time to fly to Brno in the Czech Republic for the eleventh round of the season. An exciting track, full of up and downhill sections, demanding for the chassis and the engine: the ideal testing ground to continue developing the RS-GP and, above all, to lay a solid foundation for creating the 2016 Aprilia prototype.
For Alvaro Bautista the goal of finishing in the points at Indy went up in smoke due to tyre wear on a track that was not very well suited to the Italian bike, but at Brno the Spanish rider is keen to get back to his usual level of competitiveness.
After a convincing début in the USA, Stefan Bradl will take on Brno with renewed optimism. On a track that he knows well, Stefan will be able to begin the weekend already familiar with the bike and the Team. Even from a physical point of view the Czech track seems to be less demanding on paper, which is good news for his recently operated right wrist.
ROMANO ALBESIANO (Aprilia Racing Director)
“Having two riders with very similar performance allows us to do more testing which is a positive aspect for solving the growing pains of our package. At Brno we'll be putting a new frame on the track and we'll basically be using new setups, precisely for the purpose of streamlining our programme in view of 2016. With its fast turns and direction changes, the Czech track will be a demanding test bench for the RS-GP machine's chassis. We will definitely be gathering some more fundamental data.”
FAUSTO GRESINI (Team Manager)
“The Indianapolis track was not one of the most favourable that we've been on so far and consequently we struggled a bit more than we had expected: at Brno we are hoping for an improvement, considering the fact that we can also count on a few technical changes in terms of the chassis. We'll continue with our development work and this weekend we hope to be able to take another step forward. At Indy we saw a good début by Bradl who was unfortunately slowed down in the race by his injured wrist. He doesn't have much time to recover, but we hope that he'll be more physically fit for Brno.”
“Brno is a very different track compared to Indy. We need to try to make the bike agile with all the direction changes, whereas on the uphill sections the engine counts a lot. We'll continue our development work with the goal of collecting as much data as possible and laying the foundation for the 2016 project. This weekend we hope to be more competitive and to take home some satisfaction.”
“We are going to a track that I know very well and where I have had good results in the past, so I can't wait to get back in the saddle. On paper Brno is also a physically less demanding track than Indianapolis, so I hope that my right wrist doesn't give me problems, also considering the fact that I'll have a few days to rest. I'll also be able to begin practice starting from a level of familiarity with the bike which is definitely higher, so I hope that we'll be able to do a good job this weekend.”
Smith and Espargaro confident of speeding to success at Brno
Monster Yamaha Tech3 Team riders Bradley Smith and Pol Espargaro confidently head to the Czech Republic ready to fight with determination as they intend to score two more top results at the 11th round of the 2015 MotoGP World Championship. Both riders, who jetted straight from Indianapolis to Brno for the back-to-back races, will seek to ride their Yamaha YZR-M1’s to glory in front of the Brno crowd, which normally has the largest spectator attendance in the entire World Championship. However, the 5.4 kilometre Czech circuit is not just a firm favourite for fans but also for riders and it has hosted a MotoGP race every year since 1987, apart from a one year absence in 1992. It’s undulating corners and rapid changes in elevation always provide an entertaining spectacle and this year’s 22 lap sprint promises to be another thrilling race for the Monster Yamaha Tech3 Team riders.
Bradley Smith fully intends to continue his impressive form aboard the Yamaha YZR-M1 as he looks to battle to another noteworthy finish in Sunday’s race. The British rider who arrives in the Czech Republic after a season of delights so far and fresh from concluding the Indianapolis Grand Prix in 6th position, will be gunning for the leading satellite position once again. Meanwhile Pol Espargaro aims to speed to a solid result at the bwin Grand Prix Ceske Republiky on Sunday in order to continue his climb up the championship standings. The Spaniard will be entering his 150th Grand Prix start at Brno and will aim to celebrate his record by finishing inside the top six.
Championship : 5th Points : 97
"Next up is the Czech Grand Prix at Brno, which is a circuit that I enjoy racing on. The big hills and undulating corners are good fun to ride on the Yamaha and I think we can do a thorough job there this weekend. It’s been a crazy couple of weeks going from the Suzuka 8 Hours in Japan, to Indianapolis and then straight to Brno, but fatigue is not an issue and I’m excited to put on a great show for the fans that come to the race. As always our plan is to get up to speed as soon as possible. The base setting that we have has been strong at every GP so far this year and with any luck that will be the same case at Brno. Nevertheless, there will be work to do but I am going to push as hard as possible so that I can hopefully cross the line as the leading satellite rider again. After the race we have a test day and then I will begin focusing on the next GP which is my home Grand Prix at Silverstone and it is definitely one of the highlights of my year."
Championship : 9th Points : 73
"I’m looking forward to the Czech Grand Prix, not only as it’s awesome to ride but also because it’s my 150th race start. Therefore, I am fully determined to get a strong result to celebrate this statistic. After a bit of an up and down season so far, I am confident about being comfortable on the bike and I am ready to get up to where I need to be, which is right behind the factory riders. I’ve had some great battles in Brno in the past as well as a few podium finishes so I hope that we can put on a good show again this weekend. Of course, we must get everything set up straight away in order to be prepared, especially for qualifying where we must be ready so that we can ensure a good grid position, as this is vital for the final race result. However, I fully trust my team and Yamaha as I know they will give me everything I need to be fast. I can’t wait to steer my M1 around the hills in the Czech republic and do my best to grab a top six finish!"
Hervé Poncharal - Team manager :
"It’s always a pleasure to go to the Brno circuit with MotoGP and we have seen some truly memorable battles there over the years. For this year, we fully expect to see both Brad and Pol as close as possible to the factory riders. It’s always a bit tricky doing a back-to-back race, but we will give the guys the best possible bike so they can do a super job. Brad has raised some eyebrows and really impressed us all with his maturity and determined efforts this year so we know he will be aiming to score a strong result in the 22 lap race in order to increase the deficit to Andrea Dovizioso and the other riders behind him in the world championship standings. As for Pol, he will give absolutely everything he has got, as usual, so therefore we expect him to be right up there with his teammate and fighting inside the top six in the race on Sunday. We all look forward to entertaining the massive crowd that goes the track and cannot wait to get the ball rolling!”
Forward Racing will get back on track at Brno
We are pleased to announce that Forward Racing will get back on track from the Brno Grand Prix scheduled on August 16th on the Czech circuit.
Following the arrest and the charges against Giovanni Cuzari, director and owner of Forward Racing, we agreed with IRTA - International Racing Teams Association - not to deploy our riders at the start of the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix on August 9th, in order to gather all the resources and to better organize the upcoming trips. This painful decision was necessary in order to try to ensure our participation to the World Championship until the end of the season.
Thanks to DORNA and IRTA and some partners and sponsors, that despite the objective concerns, they continued to support us – today we are proud to announce that we will get back on track, in both categories, from the bwin Grand Prix České republiky.
In MotoGP Loris Baz will ride the Yamaha Forward alongside his new teammate Claudio Corti, who will replace Stefan Bradl. For the Italian rider this is a return in the premier class of motorcycle racing, after the Sachsenring race in July, where he replaced the injured Stefan Bradl. Corti has already been with Forward in 2010 in Moto2 riding a Suter bike and in 2013 in MotoGP with Colin Edwards riding a FTR-Kawasaki.
In Moto2 we are proud to confirm the Italian duo composed by Simone Corsi and Lorenzo Baldassarri on Kalex.
Avintia Racing ready for the heat at Brno
12/08/15 Avintia Racing MotoGP - Czech Republic GP - PREVIEW
The Avintia Racing team arrives to the Czech Republic straight from the United States for the eleventh round of the 2015 MotoGP World Championship. Hector Barbera is very strong after dominating every practice session and winning the Open Class race at Indy. His aim in Brno remains the same and he hopes to repeat and increase his leading on the standings.
Mike Di Meglio also heads the Brno round with high motivation after a strong weekend at Indianapolis, where he had good feelings with his Ducati Desmosedici GP14. The Avintia Racing’s French rider is looking forward to make a step and try to be close to his teammate and score some Championship points in the Czech Republic.
HECTOR BARBERA #8 / @HectorBarbera
We come to Brno straight from Indy and the weather forecast will be tough like in America, with very high temperatures and thunderstorms predicted for Sunday. We have to keep working like in Indianapolis and try to get into the race with a perfect set up. I like Brno and I have really good memories from this circuit, I got my best result in my debut season in the World Championship, I was in 125 and I finished the race fourth after leading for some laps. I’ve been always fast there and I think our bike will suit perfect because it’s a fast and flowing track. We have to work as usual and try to win again in the Open Class.
MIKE DI MEGLIO #63 / @Mikejpp63
Brno is a very nice circuit and I like it, and after a good weekend in Indianapolis I’m looking forward to jump on my bike again. Last year I made the race with Hector, so my target is to repeat that race and try to fight with him for the Open Class win. We will see how it goes as I didn’t check yet Ducati’s data from last season, but I think the track will suit to our bike. If I get good feeling from the bike we will be strong, Brno is a width and flowing track, so I think that is possible to archieve a good result.
Brno turns up the heat for Redding
Brno, Czech Republic – 12 August 2015: There will be no rest for Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS as they head straight from Indianapolis to Brno, venue for round 11 of the MotoGP World Championship this weekend.
For Scott Redding the Brno race will be an opportunity to put behind him the frustrations of Indianapolis, where he was unable to translate a strong start to the weekend into a top ten finish in the race on Sunday.
The 22-year-old Briton has endured a troublesome first half of the season aboard the factory Honda RC213V, which is taking longer to master than he had anticipated. Redding has secured just two top ten finishes so far this season, with his best result coming at the Grand Prix of Catalunya, which he finished in seventh place.
The Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS crew arrive in the Czech Republic with a number of changes to evaluate during free practice, while Redding will continue working to adapt his riding style to get the best from the bike.
The Brno weekend promises to be a physically demanding one for all the riders, as the Czech Republic is currently enduring an extended heat wave. Temperatures will approach 40°C on all three days this weekend, with the weather forecast currently predicting that race day could be disrupted by thunderstorms.
"It looks like we’re heading into a similar situation to Indianapolis this weekend, with extremely hot weather on Friday and Saturday and the possibility of a thunderstorm just to keep us guessing on Sunday. We had some problems on race day in Indianapolis, despite using a similar set up to the Sachsenring where I was strong, but we already have some ideas as to where we can improve this weekend in Brno, which is a very different track. We left Indianapolis a little frustrated but, like always, we will continue working hard to improve our results in Brno this weekend.”
Michael Bartholemy: Team Principal
“We’ve been talking about the need to improve for a few races now, but we don’t seem to be able to make the next step. All we can do is to keep working and trying to find the improvements we need with the bike, while Scott continues to work on adapting his riding style. It will come, we know that, but it’s true that it’s taking longer for Scott to adapt to the bike than we anticipated, although not through want of effort on his part and that of the team.”
HIGH HOPES FOR CRUTCHLOW IN BRNO
Cal Crutchlow returns to one of his most successful circuits on the MotoGP calendar this weekend, as the world championship continues apace with the Grand Prix of the Czech Republic.
The CWM LCR Honda rider is a fan of the Brno track, which flows beautifully through the woodlands above the country’s second city. In the past the British rider celebrated his first podium finish in MotoGP here in 2012, as well as taking a pole position in 2013, so he remains hopeful that it will be kind to his factory spec Honda over the race weekend.
Cal Crutchlow #35
“We have had some great results this season in Argentina and Jerez and there’s no reason we can’t get back there for this second half of the year now. We’ve got over 7,500 kilometres on the Honda, so it’s time to start getting faster again. We still need to reduce the gap to the front guys, although we have had some bad luck along the way and I made a couple of mistakes, but hopefully this weekend can be the start of getting back to where we want to be.”
“Honestly, Brno has treated me well in the past and I’ve had some great races here, as well as my first MotoGP podium. However, I only managed a lap of this race last year so hopefully we’ll do better this season. The faster corners here at Brno suit me more than the tighter ones at Indy, and they should suit the Honda as well - over the last few years Honda have won here so hopefully that will work in our favour.”
MILLER HOPING TO BOUNCE BACK AT BRNO
After disappointment just four days ago at Indianapolis, Jack Miller is hopeful of rectifying things straight away as he and the CWM LCR Honda Team take on the Grand Prix of the Czech Republic at Brno this weekend.
The Australian rookie looked good throughout the weekend in the USA, and were it not for tyre issues during the race, would have been certain of an excellent result. Miller still remains the top Open Honda rider in the MotoGP World Championship standings, and so he will hope to strengthen his hold on that accolade at one of his favourite circuits.
Jack Miller #43
“I’m really looking forward to this weekend. It was such a shame to finish the last race as we did so I hope to bounce back in the Czech Republic. I had a really good feeling with the bike up until the race, so I look forward to start again in the same way.”
“We’ll be working in the same direction this weekend, and then aim to get a much better result come Sunday. Brno is one of my favourite tracks, it’s big, it’s wide and I can’t wait to ride a MotoGP bike around here.”
Bridgestone MotoGP™ Preview - Round 11: Brno
Thursday, August 13 2015
Bridgestone slick compounds available: Front: Soft, Medium & Hard; Rear: Soft, Medium & Hard (Asymmetric)
Bridgestone wet tyre compounds available: Soft (Main), Hard (Alternative)
MotoGP™ returns to Europe as round eleven at the Czech Republic’s stunning Brno circuit, where technical corners and big elevation changes create a challenging circuit that often delivers close racing.
The Brno circuit measures 5.4 kilometres in length and has numerous straight sections joined together by a series of left-right corner combinations. The circuit also features an elevation difference between its highest and lowest point of over 70 metres. The elevation changes necessitate high levels of stability from the front tyre, particularly into the downhill braking sections. Exceptional grip from the rear tyre is also required to ensure optimum drive onto the straight sections of the circuit. Adding to the technical complexity of this circuit for tyres is the abrasive tarmac which demands superior durability.
There are eight right-hand and six left-hand corners at this circuit and although asymmetric rear slicks with harder rubber on the right shoulder are provided at this circuit, the loads imposed across the left, centre and right of the rear tyre are similar. The rear slick tyre options for the Factory Honda and Yamaha riders at Brno are the medium and hard compounds, while the rest of the field can use the soft and medium compound rear slick options. Front slick options for the Czech Grand Prix are the soft, medium and hard compounds. The main wet tyre for Brno is the soft compound option although every rider will also be able to select up to two front and rear wet tyres in the alternative hard compound as part of their allocation.
Hiroshi Yamada - Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport Department
“The Brno circuit has a history of hosting some very close races in the past, so I hope this trend continues with this weekend’s Czech Republic Grand Prix. This race always draw a huge crowd and this combined with the amazing forest setting of the circuit create a very special atmosphere. The championship battle is getting more competitive with Marc winning the last two races and the points gap between Valentino and Jorge now in single figures, so there is a lot of anticipation ahead of this race. It looks like weather conditions for this weekend could be extremely hot, but our tyre allocation for this race has been developed to work over a wide range of conditions so I am looking forward to seeing how our tyres perform at Brno.”
Shinji Aoki - Manager, Bridgestone Motorcycle Tyre Development Department
“The Brno circuit features quite abrasive tarmac and elevation changes which place considerable stress on the tyres, particularly the front. There are fast corners, as well as some mid-speed left-right combinations so a balanced bike setup that uses the tyres effectively is important here as excessive sliding from the rear can hurt lap times and also rapidly accelerates tyre wear at this circuit. The elevation changes means our front tyres have to provide high levels of stability under braking, while also giving good warm-up performance in the cooler morning sessions. The need for strong acceleration through onto the straight sections of the circuit means good drive grip from the rear tyre is desired by riders at this circuit.”
bwin Grand Prix of the Czech Republic - Preview
ROUND ELEVEN 2015 MotoGP™ WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP SUNDAY 16TH AUGUST
KENT PUTS INDY DISASTER BEHIND HIM
Moto3™ World Championship leader Danny Kent returns to Brno for round 11 of the championship determined to put the disappointment of the previous round at Indianapolis behind him at the bwin Grand Prix of the Czech Republic. The 21 year old Wiltshire rider still leads the title chase by an impressive 56 points despite difficult weather conditions pushing him down to a non-points scoring 21st place finish in America. Last year he was third in the Brno race behind French veteran Alexis Masbou and Italian teenager Enea Bastianini.
Twenty one year old Scotsman John McPhee would love a repeat of the Indy conditions after brilliant second place on the Racing Steps Foundation supported RTG Honda. It was his first ever grand prix podium finish and the ideal start to the second half of the season after a difficult first half.
Oxfordshire’s Bradley Smith continues his brilliant MotoGP™ season with his fifth sixth position of the season at Indianapolis. The Monster Tech3 Yamaha rider consolidated his fifth place in the world championship and will pushing for at least a fifth place after almost pipping Andrea Iannone last time out. It’s a tough season for Isle of Man – based midlander Cal Crutchlow. The CWM LCR Honda rider is eighth in the Championship, 23 points behind Smith and just one point in front of Smith’s team-mate Pol Espargaro.
Gloucestershire’s Scott Redding needs a change of fortune riding the factory-supported Marc VDS Honda. He was 13th at Indy and lies 14th in the Championship, while Irish Aspar Honda rider Eugene Laverty missed out on the points in Indy finishing 19th and lies 22nd in the Championship, one point behind his team-mate Nicky Hayden.
After his crash at Indy, 24 year old Lincolnshire rider Sam Lowes slipped two places down to fifth in the Moto2™ World Championship. The Speed Up rider is just two points behind former 125 cc World Champion Tom Luthi.
LORENZO CLOSING IN ON TEAM-MATE ROSSI
Just a slender nine points separate Movistar Yamaha team-mate Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo as they fight for the world title at the bwin Grand Prix of the Czech Republic at the legendary Brno circuit on Sunday.
Lorenzo pulled back another four precious points after finishing second in the previous Indianapolis round, but faces Rossi who has a great record at the undulating 3.357 miles circuit. The nine times world champion has won five MotoGP™ races at the circuit and won his first ever grand prix in the 1996 125 cc race at the circuit. Lorenzo has won once in the MotoGP class at Brno and finished second last year behind the Repsol Honda of Dani Pedrosa, who recorded his second win there in the top class.
World Champion Marc Marquez arrives 56 points behind Rossi but chasing his third successive win. Last year he finished fourth, his first non-victory of the season, and he is in great form but may be just too many points adrift to catch the Yamahas with eight rounds remaining. He moved into third place in the Championship after his Indianapolis win and like Lorenzo has one MotoGP victory at Brno.
Andrea Iannone slipped to fourth on the factory Ducati with Bradley Smith consolidating his fifth place after his fifth sixth position of the season. He is three points in front of Andrea Dovizioso who in turn leads Pedrosa by 14 points. Just one point separate Pol Espargaro and Cal Crutchlow in their fight for eighth. The Forward Yamaha Racing duo of Loris Baz and Claudio Corti will return after missing Indianapolis.
Frenchman Johann Zarco has opened up a massive 71 point lead in the Moto2™ World Championship and is going to take some catching. His second place at Indianapolis was his ninth successive podium finish of the season. Nineteen year old Spaniard Alex Rins won his first Moto2 race at Indy and moved into second place in the championship in front of world champion and last year’s winner Tito Rabat. The experienced Tom Luthi moved into fourth in front of Sam Lowes who crashed out.
Moto3™ Championship leader Danny Kent arrives at Brno, where he finished third last year, determined to put the disappointment of Indianapolis behind him. The Leopard Racing Honda rider still leads the title chase by 56 points despite being caught out by the change of weather and finishing 21st. Seventeen year old Italian Enea Bastianini pulled back ten points on Kent after finishing sixth with Romano Fenati moving into third after a fourth place finish in Indianapolis. Eighteen year old Belgian Livio Loi won the Indianapolis race but only some more freak weather on Sunday would give him the chance of a repeat victory.
• This year’s Czech Grand Prix will be the 46th to be held at Brno.
• The only venue that has hosted more grand prix events than Brno is Assen in The Netherlands, which has hosted the Dutch TT in each of the 67 years of the motorcycling world championship.
• The first Czechoslovakian Grand Prix was held at Brno in 1965. The 500cc race held over thirteen laps of the original 13.94 km long road circuit was won by Mike Hailwood (MV Agusta) in a time of 1hr 11 min 23.2 sec.
• The circuit was shortened to 10.92 km in 1975 in an effort to improve safety.
• The last premier-class race held on the road circuit at Brno was in 1977 and was won by Johnny Cecotto riding a Yamaha. The circuit was subsequently considered too dangerous for the large capacity machines.
• The smaller capacity machines continued to compete in grand prix races on the Brno road circuit until 1982 before it was removed from the grand prix calendar for safety reasons.
• The current circuit was first used for grand prix racing in 1987 and hosted the Czechoslovakian GP through until 1991. Brno did not appear on the calendar for 1992, but the event was revived in 1993 as the Grand Prix of the Czech Republic and has taken place every year since.
• This will be the 28th time that the current circuit has hosted a grand prix event, during which time the circuit has remained virtually unchanged; minor modifications were made to the circuit in 1996 which extended the length from 5.394 km to the current 5.403 km.
• Since the introduction of the four-stroke MotoGP class in 2002, Honda have had six victories at Brno, Yamaha have had five and Ducati two.
• Honda riders have won at Brno for the last four years, the last Yamaha win was by Jorge Lorenzo in 2010.
• There has only been one podium finish by a Czech rider at the current Brno circuit across all classes – Lukas Pesek’s third place in the 125cc race in 2007 riding a Derbi.
• The best result by a Czech rider in the MotoGP class at the Brno circuit is Karel Abraham’s ninth place finish in 2012.
• The two riders with most grand prix wins at the current Brno circuit, each with seven wins, are Max Biaggi (4 x 250cc, 2 x 500cc, 1 x MotoGP) and Valentino Rossi (1x 125cc, 1 x 250cc, 1 x 500cc, 4 x MotoGP).
• The last time that a rider qualifying on pole has won the MotoGP race at Brno was Valentino Rossi in 2009. Since 2009 no rider qualifying higher than third place on the grid has won the MotoGP race at Brno.
• Alexis Masbou took his maiden GP victory at Brno last year in what was his 133rd Grand Prix start, all of which have been in the Moto3/125cc class, a record for the number of race starts in the lightweight class to the first grand prix win in the class.
• Last year at Brno, the last point scoring finisher in the Moto3 race, Czech rider Karel Hanika, crossed the line just 1.838 seconds behind race winner Masbou; this is the closest top fifteen of all-time in the 67 years of motorcycle grand prix racing.
• Dani Pedrosa won the MotoGP race at Brno last year, ending a run of ten successive wins by Marc Marquez.