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2014 MotoGP, Brno - Preview
Posted by: newsla on Aug 14, 2014 - 06:19 AM
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2014 MotoGP, Brno - Preview


Fresh from an impressive ride at the Indianapolis Grand Prix last weekend that delivered a double podium, the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP team head to Brno this weekend for Sunday’s Grand Prix of the Czech Republic.

 

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Valentino Rossi arrives in Brno in confident mood after a strong performance in Indianapolis that saw him leading the race in the early laps and ultimately taking a third place podium finish. The Italian nine-time world champion has a stunning record in Brno, claiming a 125cc race win in 1996, a 250cc win in 1999 and one 500cc victory in 2001. In the modern MotoGP era Rossi also counts premier class Brno victories in 2003, 2005, 2008 and 2009.

Jorge Lorenzo arrives in Brno with his confidence and fitness both back at peak levels. His performance in Indianapolis firmly re-established the four-time world champion as a key protagonist with a second place finish on the podium. Lorenzo also has a strong record at Brno, claiming one 125cc victory in 2004, two 250cc victories in 2006 and 2007 and a maiden GP win in 2010. Lorenzo missed out on victory by just 0.178 seconds after a stunning duel with Dani Pedrosa in 2012 and continued his Czech podium run with third place last year.

Valentino Rossi
Championship Standings: 3rd / 157 points
“I really like the Brno circuit. In the past I really did good races although in the last couple of years I’ve not had a great performance there. In Czech Republic we will have to repeat what we did in Indianapolis; concentrate, study corner by corner in every practice and do the maximum to fight with Marc and Jorge. It would be great to return to the podium there.”

Jorge Lorenzo
Championship Standings: 4th / 117 points
“I think Brno could be good for us like in Mugello or Montmeló. It will be difficult because Marc is pretty constant in all the tracks. We have improved a lot from Barcelona and we found some little things that permit us to be more constant and competitive as well. Physically I feel already in a good shape and I can keep a good pace during the race. Maybe in Brno with this bike we can fight for the win but to be more competitive in all the tracks we need more efforts to get some more tenths. Anyway I’m happy after the race at Indy and we will keep fighting until the end.”

Massimo Meregalli - Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team Director

“We are all excited to be back in Europe after a great performance in Indianapolis. Both Vale and Jorge are in very competitive shape and we know that Brno is a track that can suit us pretty well so we want to get to Friday and begin to work as soon as possible.”

Espargaro and Smith ready to surge high in Brno
Monster Yamaha Tech3 riders Pol Espargaro and Bradley Smith will this week contest the 11th round of the 2014 MotoGP World Championship at the picturesque Brno circuit as the paddock returns to Europe. The race action will resume instantly from the previous round with the MotoGP ensemble heading straight to the bwin Grand Prix České Republiky, where both riders fully intend to continue their positive starts to the second half of the season. 

The Czech Republic round is firm fan and rider favourite with its roots in motorcycle racing stretching back as far as the 1930’s where events took place on the public roads in the surrounding area before the Automotodrom Brno’s construction in 1987. The undulating, fast flowing track is built in a natural amphitheatre and the asphalt flicks between six left corners and eight right with various changes in elevation at the impressive 5403 meter circuit.

Pol Espargaro will once again be aiming to battle the factory MotoGP bikes, after finishing as the leading satellite bike for the second time this year with a fifth placed finish at Indianapolis, as well as inching towards the elusive debut podium. Britain’s Bradley Smith, who heroically brought his Yamaha YZR-M1 home in sixth despite a finger injury which was sustained in the qualifying practice in America, will be aiming to build upon his result and go one higher to challenge inside the top five in Sunday’s 22 lap sprint.

Pol Espargaro
Championship Standings: 6th / 78 points
“The first thing I must say is that it was good to finish Indy with a strong result after the summer break. I am feeling more confident every time I run with the Yamaha YZR-M1 and for round 11 in the Czech Republic I intend to step it up further. The Brno circuit is great fun to ride especially with the hills and flowing corners, so for me I am very excited to see what the Yamaha and I can do here this weekend with my results at Brno being good in the past, including qualifying on the front row here last year in Moto2. At beyond the mid point of this season I am still learning. Although I'm enjoying myself a lot, for sure it will be a long race weekend where we will have to work hard to get everything set up for a strong qualifying on Saturday then the Grand Prix on Sunday, but I can’t wait to get going and ride the hills at Brno!”

Bradley Smith
Championship Standings: 9th / 58 points
“After a good summer break, it was a decent way to commence the second half of the season with a sixth placed finish in Indy as this is where I need to be. There is no rest this time as we went straight back to Europe for Brno, which I am really fired up for and where I will once again be doing my best to get close to the factory MotoGP bikes. My finger is healing gradually and as always I will be giving my all to get a top result in the Czech Republic with my confidence high. I qualified well last year where I achieved my joint highest qualifying result of my rookie year in sixth and even though the race didn’t go to plan, this year I am aiming to continue the good form found at Indianapolis. The fast sweeping corners of Brno should suit the Yamaha YZR-M1’s character, so I hope to qualify in the top six and then really go for it on Sunday.”

Alex De Angelis alongside Aleix Espargaro at Brno
After the Indianapolis GP, where Colin Edwards announced his retirement from the racing competition, the NGM Forward Racing Team heads straight back to Europe for this weekend's Grand Prix at Brno, one of the most historic venues on the calendar, where racing have been held since the 1930’s.

With the Texan rider continuing to be a key figure of the team, 30-year old Alex De Angelis will race alongside Aleix Espargaro on board of a Forward Yamaha starting from Brno. The San Marino rider has already been part of NGM Forward Racing Moto2 team in 2012 and 2013 claiming a win (Sepang 2012) and a podium finish (Sachsenring 2012).

After the unlucky race at Indy, Spaniard Espargaro looks forward to Brno to get a good result and get important points for the championship. Aleix lost the sixth place in the standing for just one point and he aims at recovering this position at Brno.

Aleix Espargaro
Championship Standings: 7th / 77 points
“After the zero at Indy, we want to return even stronger at Brno. It was a pity because I lost important points, so now we need to recover. My target is to catch Dovi who is currently fifth in the championship. I like Brno, it’s a track with many elevations changes, similar to Mugello. There is a long uphill, so we know that we will suffer a bit. Anyway we will go back on track to get the best possible result.”

Alex De Angelis
"I’m excited to start this new adventure with the Forward Racing Team on board of the Forward Yamaha. It’s great to return racing in the premiere class and I’d like to thank the NGM Forward Racing Team for this opportunity. I will try to use at the maximum the free practices to start learning this new machine.”

2014 MotoGP Czech Republic
Brno 13/08/2014

Circuit Length:
5403
Lap Record:
1'56.274
(Jorge Lorenzo, 1-1-2012)
Fastest Lap Ever:
1'55.527
(Cal Crutchlow, 25-8-2013)
Last Years Winner:
Marc Marquez


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