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Repsol Honda Team head back across the pond to resume the Championship in Europe
Fresh from their domination in America, the Repsol Honda Team are already en route for this weekend's Grand Prix in the Czech Republic.
Brno is a popular circuit with both riders and fans alike, built in a natural bowl which is banked in places to offer spectators an excellent view. There are many elevation changes as the circuit navigates itself through the beautiful wooded scenery.
Dani enjoyed a memorable race last year, fighting with Lorenzo to the final corner and emerging victorious - claiming his first win at the Czech circuit in the MotoGP class where he's also won in 250cc (2005) and in 125cc (2003). For Championship leader Marc Marquez, it's his first visit to Brno on the MotoGP machine. Marc also won last year, in the Moto2 class, and will be looking for another strong weekend after three back-to-back victories.
Marc Marquez Championship Standing: 1st - 188 points
"After a great weekend in Indianapolis, there is no rest and we go directly to the Czech Republic. Brno isn't one of my favourite tracks but I won there last year so I still have a good feeling there! We will see when we get there, historically Yamaha have been very strong so I'm sure they will be very fast again this year, also considering they tested there a few weeks ago. We will wait to see our level and take the weekend at our own pace, work hard and try to take some more Championship points"
Dani Pedrosa Championship Standing: 2nd - 167 points
"Indianapolis was physically a very tough race for me, so it's important I can recover in time for Brno just few days from now! Let's hope the weather stays nice as it can be very unpredictable in that area. Brno is a fast track, with high speed corners and in the past the Honda has done performed well there. Last year we had a strong race there and I hope we can repeat the same this year!"
Ducati Team returns to Europe for Czech Republic GP
With the first round of a tripleheader behind them, the Ducati Team heads straight from Indianapolis to the Czech Republic for the eleventh round of the MotoGP championship, set to take place at the Brno Circuit this Sunday.
Constructed in the mid-'80s, the track presents a formidable challenge for the teams and riders, as it features a diverse collection of corner types and a number of climbs and descents. Fast, flowing, and wide, it is among the most popular circuits on the calendar.
Each of the Ducati Team riders has posted a premier-class podium finish at the Czech Republic GP, Andrea Dovizioso earning a runner-up result in 2011, and his American teammate Nicky Hayden finishing third in 2007. The Italian has also earned three runner-up finishes in the 125 and 250cc divisions.
Andrea Dovizioso - Ducati Team
"Brno is a circuit that's really nice and quite challenging. The track is very different from Indianapolis, and it will be interesting to see how my Ducati goes there. I like the up-and-down layout, and and I'm happy to go straight there for another race after Indianapolis. Still, although I've had some podiums there in the past, it's not one of my favourite circuits."
Nicky Hayden - Ducati Team
"I missed Brno last year with an injury, but it's one of the best tracks in the championship. It's very open and fast, and I like it a lot. We're in a busy stretch coming off Indy, but it's no secret that I like racing, so I enjoy back-to-back races. I expect a challenging weekend in the Czech Republic, but as always, we look forward to doing our best."
Vittoriano Guareschi - Team Manager
"After Indianapolis, we go straight to Brno, a circuit that has quite a bit of elevation change and is similar to Mugello in some ways. After the race in Indianapolis, we know that our riders are both very motivated! Brno is a track that we know quite well, and it will be important for us to start working well immediately, beginning on Friday morning."
Bridgestone MotoGP? Preview - Round 11: Brno
Thursday 22 August 2013
Bridgestone slick compounds available: Front: Soft & Hard. Rear: Soft, Medium & Hard (Asymmetric)
Bridgestone wet tyre compounds available: Soft (Main), Hard (Alternative)
Round eleven of the 2013 MotoGP season the series to Europe with the Czech Republic's stunning Brno circuit providing riders with technical corners and big elevation changes.
Measuring 5.4 kilometres in length, Brno is one of the longer circuits on the MotoGP calendar and has numerous straight sections joined together by a series of technical corners including four left-right corner combinations. The circuit also features an elevation difference between the highest and lowest part of the circuit of over 70 metres which make braking into the downhill sections challenging, thus requiring the front tyre to provide excellent stability. A high grip levels from the rear tyre is also important to ensure good drive onto the straight parts 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 though asymmetric rear slicks are provided, the loads imposed across the left, centre and right of the rear tyre are similar. The rear slick tyre options for CRT riders at Brno are the soft and medium compounds, while the works riders get the medium and hard compound options. Bridgestone originally planned to introduce a new hard compound rear tyre at the Czech Republic Grand Prix, but after recent testing at the Brno circuit has decided to change supply. Another hard tyre specification which has a softer compound on left side with current hard compound on the right side will be supplied this weekend and this change was made in agreement with the Grand Prix commission at Indianapolis. Front slick options for the Czech Grand Prix are the soft and hard compounds and the main wet tyre is the soft compound option.
Hiroshi Yamada - Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport Department
"For good reason Brno is one of the favourite tracks on the calendar for MotoGP racers and fans as it is a wide circuit with a technical layout that has produced many thrilling races over the years. There is always a huge crowd in the Czech Republic for MotoGP races and this also adds to the allure of the event. Last year at this circuit we saw an amazing last-lap battle between Jorge and Dani and I expect both these riders to be very competitive this weekend as they continue their recovery from injury, and focus on closing the championship points gap to Marc who is riding extremely well at the moment."
Shinji Aoki - Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport Tyre Development Department
"The Brno circuit was resurfaced in 2008 and since then has been quite abrasive on tyres, posing more of a challenge for tyre durability and requiring harder rubber compounds, particularly for the front tyre. The corners are generally fast and flowing so the lateral loads generated are high - particularly on the right shoulders - and the elevation changes also present a challenge for the front tyres, especially into the downhill corners where the weight transfer under braking places them under extreme loads. The medium speed corners require good shoulder stability from the rear tyres and good traction on corner exit. Finding a good setup at this circuit is important, as excessive sliding from the rear at this circuit can hurt lap times and also rapidly accelerates tyre wear given the abrasiveness of the tarmac."
BAUTISTA AIMING TO CONTINUE GOOD FORM AT BRNO
The second half of the MotoGP World Championship continues at a frenetic pace this week as the series heads directly from the USA to the Czech Republic for the eleventh round of the season at Brno. Team GO & FUN Honda Gresini rider Alvaro Bautista returns to Europe aiming to continue his excellent recent form that has seen him challenging at the front of the pack at both Laguna Seca and Indianapolis. Alvaro's positive feeling with his Honda RC213V reflects the optimism flowing through the team at the moment, after a long period of hard work that is starting to bear fruit. Brno is a demanding circuit due to its frequent changes in direction and elevation and its fast corners but Alvaro is convinced that his current form and confidence can lead to another top result. After struggling at a series of circuits that he was riding for the first time Bryan Staring finally returns to familiar ground this weekend and the Australian rookie is hoping his prior track knowledge of Brno will give him the opportunity to focus on machine set-up from the opening session.
Alvaro Bautista "We go to Brno this week feeling happy after the great job we did at Indianapolis, when we fought for fourth position despite struggling for rear grip at the start of the race. It was a really positive weekend and now we go to Brno feeling confident that we can do another good job. We had a few problems last year but we have made notable progress since then so I think that we can be competitive again in the Czech Republic. We are working in a really good way at the moment and everything is coming more easily. Brno is more suited to the Yamaha because of the wide, fast corners and changes in direction and elevation but this year our bike has improved so much and I think we can keep this run of good results going."
Bryan Staring "Unfortunately at Indianapolis all the positive things we did in practice came to nothing in the race. I didn't have the same confidence with the bike and it was disappointing. Now we go to Brno, finally a circuit that I already know, and we have an opportunity to put that disappointment behind us. I like the circuit at Brno so hopefully that means we can get started on the bike set-up from the first session."
Fausto Gresini "Finally we have started to show our hand and I am happy to have scored good results in back-to-back races on American soil because it shows the good work being done by our team along with Showa, Nissin and of course Honda who have given us a very competitive bike. If we keep going like this we have a lot to look forward to and we are confident that we will see Alvaro running at the front again at Brno. He is in good form and we want to see that translated into more good results."