2011 Brno World Superbike And World Supersport Press Release Previews

Press release previews of this weekend's upcoming World Superbike round, from the WSBK and WSS teams:


Brno The Go For Kawasaki Men

WSBK, Brno, Czech Republic, 5 July 2011

One of the most popular and naturally sculpted circuits on the Superbike World Championship trail beckons Tom Sykes, Joan Lascorz and Chris Vermeulen this coming weekend - Brno in the Czech Republic.

The 5.403km circuit, which superseded the old closed road track that originally made the name Brno famous, has been a favourite of almost all riders in the Superbike class since it first appeared on the calendar. A mix of up and downhill sections, fast chicanes and big radius hairpins, Brno is also incredibly wide compared to most other circuits, allowing passing opportunities in several places, but with the overtaken rider usually having enough track left to make a counter attack at the exit.

Tom Sykes, currently 13th in the championship rankings on his Kawasaki Racing Team Superbike Ninja ZX-10R, is a real fan of the Brno layout and after making progress in recent races and a post race test at Motorland Aragon he is more than ready to go to work again. Finishes inside the top five places are what Tom is working towards and even expecting at every single meeting from now on.

For Joan Lascorz, in his first year of WSBK competition, there have been some highs and lows, but his direction of movement is very definitely upwards of late. Having scored two fifth places (at Donington and Motorland) he has already shown he can hold his own in arguably the toughest season in the modern era of the WSBK series. Joan is now only one place behind Tom in the rankings, after seven rounds.

Chris Vermeulen is another rider who holds Brno in high regard. The Aussie, frequently luckless with injuries and extended recovery periods recently, is improving his physical condition all the time. For him anything better then tenth will be a season best. Like his team-mates he has not had the chance to do even a single lap of Brno on the new 2011 machine, so expects a busy time in practice and qualifying.

A test session at Motorland Aragon after the previous round found improvements in the areas of rear suspension and chassis geometry. Advances in the general set-up and balance allowed the team to make successful long runs on the softer race tyres and still find good results, opening up more options to the riders in real race conditions.

In the Kawasaki Pedercini Team Roby Rolfo and Mark Aitchison have been fighting for their points while riding their ZX-10Rs. Rolfo has been scoring the more consistent points of the two, but Aitchison has already been inside the top ten, at the Assen round. Currently Roby is 17th ranked, Aitchison 20th and on the same points score as Vermeulen.

Tom Sykes: "I am very excited and looking forward to racing at Brno. It has a great layout. It is one of the best circuits we go to and I'm very hopeful that the new ZX-10R will work well. I have a strong, positive mindset and on the back of our recent results and latest tests at Aragon, hopefully we can stay nearer the front. I am looking for top five or six all weekend, I would be quite happy with that. The fact is that last time out we were more consistent in our pace and that is my aim again. If anything we can up our game even more in the races, and I am just hoping we can maximize things when using a slightly softer tyre. The plan is to be able to have at least the option of the softer or harder tyres for the races themselves."

Joan Lascorz: "The feeling in Motorland was so good, especially when I did not get to test too much on that track before race weekend. I hope Brno will give me a good feeling from the beginning. Anyway, it will be new track with our new bike, like every race of this year, so let's see what happens. Our post-race Motorland test was good and we tried out some new ideas we could not test in the races, and we have little more information to work on. Considering all the things that happened around me last year, and beginning of this year, we can say our job is not so bad so far. Of course my idea when I started in Superbikes was to stay closer to the top and fight for top five places more often, but I'm sure Kawasaki is working well and I'm making steps in a good direction. Let's see what happens in the next races."

Chris Vermeulen: "Brno is a nice circuit, one of the best we go to, with some ups and downs, blind corners and it's just a really enjoyable track to race on. My elbow is a bit inflamed but the good news is that it shows up as no damage on the scans. Given what you have to do on the bike it is quite hard on that part of the arm, but when I support it with tape it helps the muscle work better. The new bike should work well at Brno and one of the Kawasaki's strongest points is the engine power. That can help going back up the hills at Brno. There are lots of chicanes there, but they are fast so you do not just go in and stop/start. You can pass in them, you can carry a lot of speed through them and overall Brno is a fun track."


Parkes And Salom Search For More Silverware

WSS, Brno, Czech Republic, 5 July 2011

Broc Parkes and David Salom sit second and third in the Supersport World Championship rankings at the halfway point of the year as they now approach the Brno round looking for more podium scores.

Parkes was unfortunate to fall while leading in the last round at Motorland Aragon but he is still ranked second overall in the championship and took his first Kawasaki mounted victory at Misano just less than a month ago.

After Salom scored his first ever WSS podium at Motorland he pulled himself up to third place overall, only 14 points behind Broc. His recent success, allied to the pole position he scored at PI, have proven to David he can run at the sharp end now that he is in possession of an officially-supported Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R.

For both Kawasaki riders Brno will offer plenty of opportunities but also lots of competition, as almost 30 regular riders will be hoping for a place on the Brno grid.

Part of the regular championship line up, the Lorenzini By Leoni Kawasaki team will be hoping for another weekend like Aragon for Massimo Roccoli, who moved into eighth place with a great fourth place finish Spain. His team-mate Vittorio Iannuzzo is looking for the top ten finishes he had in the first two rounds to move him up from 15th place.

For the Supersport class, which will have only 12 rounds in 2011, Brno marks the start of the second half of the season.

Broc Parkes: "I'm really looking forward to Brno it has always been a good track for me and I really enjoy it. I was quite disappointed after Aragon but when I started to think about losing some points there I realized there is still along way to go in the championship and it is still wide open. I guess it is better to have crashed while battling for the win than to crash out of tenth position. So we are in a good situation still. This has been one of the toughest championships in WSS. There used to be just a few top guys in the past three years, but there are quite a few again and a lot more good bikes on the grid. I cannot say enough good things about our team, I have never had a team that works like this and I think this makes the big difference to the big picture. It's both the way they work and how much they work. They seem to make my job a lot easier because they let me focus on my job. Everything is organized around you all the time."

David Salom: "Aragon last time was a very good weekend and it gave me my first podium, so my confidence is high. It was great to take that podium in my home country and it was a good job from the team. I think it proved to us that we really can fight for the championship. Brno is a nice track for my riding style and there are no really hard braking areas, just lots of fast corners and chicanes. For our bike, this is a good track. In our post Aragon tests we tried out some new suspension parts and I was happy for this test because I think the new parts are already an improvement. We also worked on our electronics, so I hope we can see the results of all that in Brno.


Czech Republic – Brno. Preview.

Munich/Stephanskirchen, 5th July 2011. The FIM Superbike World Championship once again stops at a historic venue this weekend. The eighth round of the 2011 season will be held from 8th to 10th July at the "Automotodrom Brno" in Brno, Czech Republic.

This time, however, the BMW Motorrad Motorsport team will only be at half strength, with only works rider Leon Haslam (GBR) able to race. Injury means his team-mate Troy Corser (AUS), whose three victories in Brno make him – along with Max Biaggi (ITA) - the most successful Superbike World Championship rider at this racetrack, must take a break this weekend. The Australian broke the ulna and radius in his lower left arm in an accident two weeks ago at Motorland Aragón (ESP). Troy's recovery is making good progress, following an operation to set the clean breaks with two titanium plates and twelve screws. The team and he came to the joint decision that he would not return to action in Brno, as health and safety must take priority. Troy will most probably make his comeback at the next race weekend in Silverstone (GBR) at the end of July.

Leon is currently testing with the team in Mugello (ITA) in preparation for the coming race weekend and rest of the season. BMW Motorrad Motorsport test and development rider Steve Martin (AUS) is also in action there.

Last weekend, Leon and his BMW S 1000 RR were at the 2011 Goodwood Festival of Speed in Chichester (GBR), where he took part in the renowned hillclimb with other big names, including the legendary John Surtees. Troy visited the BMW Motorrad Days in Garmisch-Partenkirchen (GER).

After seven of thirteen race weekends, Leon currently lies sixth in the riders' championship on 120 points, with Troy in fifteenth place on 55 points. Together, the pair has already picked up 175 points for the BMW Motorrad Motorsport team. In the constructors' championship, towards which only the best result from each race counts, BMW lies in fourth place on 153 points.

Leon Haslam:

"We have not done a lot of testing between the last few races because they were all back-to-back. From Monza we went to the USA, to Misano and Aragón. When we left Monza we thought we would have the chance to win a race in the coming weeks. But the races were pretty tough and we struggled. It was quite difficult. So it is good to be able to get back into the swing of things with a test and set a few things straight for Brno.

It is a circuit I am looking forward to go to, because Ruben and Troy had good results there in the past. I am looking forward to riding there with the BMW because it might suit the characteristics of our bike."

Troy Corser:

"The BMW Motorrad Days at Garmisch-Partenkirchen were good fun. Everybody was quite relaxed, having a good day. I was pretty busy signing autographs and giving interviews.

My arm is recovering well. The operation went very, very well with no complications at all. Now we need to give the bone time to strengthen underneath the plate. The doctors said that I should nearly be back to full strength in time for Silverstone. Unfortunately, however, Brno has come too soon. I will probably end up coming to Brno just to be there, but not to ride. For Silverstone, however, I will be 100 percent ready."

Bernhard Gobmeier, BMW Motorrad Motorsport Director:

"After having experienced some difficult race weekends we want to turn over a new leaf again at Brno. It was good to have a little break after our journey overseas to the US and the back-to-back-races at Misano and Aragón. It gave the team time to catch its breath. Unfortunately Troy will not be with us at Brno, but our priority is that his fractures heal completely and he gets back to full fitness. We are in close contact and are happy that his recovery is progressing quickly. He will most probably be with us again at the Silverstone race weekend at the end of this month. We took the decision that nobody would ride Troy's bike in Brno.

We used the break to improve the areas, in which we recently had some issues. At the moment we are also testing in Mugello before travelling to the Czech Republic. The circuit in Brno should suit our BMW S 1000 RR as its layout demands a lot of engine power. We are going to Brno with a lot of confidence."

Background:

With over 400,000 residents, Brno is the second largest city in the Czech Republic. The city is located on the south-east edge of the Bohemian-Moravian Highlands, 256 kilometres from the capital Prague and 155 kilometres from Vienna (AUT). Brno is one of the most important university cities in the Czech Republic, a research centre, seat of the Constitutional Court and Supreme Court, and exhibition centre.

The "Automotodrom Brno" is a racetrack with a long tradition. The history of the circuit, which is known in the Czech Republic also as the "Masaryk-Ring", goes back to 1930 when the first race was held on a 29-kilometre track made up of public roads. After the Second World War, the circuit was reduced to 17.8 kilometres. The first car race to be held on the new layout was the Czechoslovakian Grand Prix in 1949. In the 1950s, however, the circuit primarily hosted motorcycle races. In 1965 the circuit underwent further modifications and was reduced to 13.9 kilometres. Between 1965 and 1982 the World Motorcycle Championship was held in Brno until the circuit, which by then was just 10.9 kilometres long, was judged to no longer meet the safety standards required. The curtain eventually came down on the old "Automotodrom" in 1986. The new "Automotodrom" was opened in 1987 – about ten kilometres from the old circuit.

The FIM Superbike World Championship first visited the 5.403-kilometre circuit in 1993. Brno has been a permanent fixture on the World Championship calendar since 2005. Brno is a technically demanding circuit with a unique character. The track undulates through expansive corners. As a result, the circuit requires a flowing riding style and only a few hard braking manoeuvres. However, the engineers are faced with an interesting challenge: because the riders are braking into a downhill corner one minute and an uphill bend the next, the set-up must be spot on in order to give the riders security. Most riders like Brno, as they have to handle the corners delicately. The bike must have a well-balanced set-up.

Along with Max Biaggi (ITA), BMW Motorrad works rider Troy Corser (AUS) is the FIM Superbike World Championship rider with the most victories in Brno to his name. The Australian has already won there on three occasions. However, injury means he will be unable to race there this year.


Bogdanka bound for Brno

BOGDANKA PTR Honda's Pawel Szkopek heads to Brno in the Czech Republic with high hopes for the seventh round of the World Supersport Championship which is the home race for the Polish ace.

James Ellison knows the spectacular, high-speed Brno circuit well too and is looking to show podium potential yet again. The team's Superstock 1000 rider, Marcin Walkowiak is hoping to improve on his season's best of 19th in Spain.

Pawel Szkopek: "I'm relaxed after the short break following Aragon but also very motivated as we've made good progress in the last two rounds. Brno is a track I've always done well at in the past and with it being pretty much our home race, I really can't wait for the weekend to start. I know many Polish fans are coming to support us and this will give me a massive boost. I'm confident we can do really well."

James Ellison: "We've had a bit of bad luck with the bike recently and I'll be trying to make up for that. I'm hungry for a good result for Bogdanka PTR Honda. We're up front all the time when everything's going good but we've just been a bit unlucky in a few races and missed on a couple of results that we know we're capable of. I really like the Brno circuit. I've been there a few times in the past and have a good experience with it. It's fast and fun to ride and should be good for the Honda as well."

Marcin Walkowiak: "Brno is a circuit I really like and have always done well at in the past - and it's a home round for us so the whole team is really motivated. I want to improve on my result from Aragon and if everything comes together for us, we can have a really good race on Sunday morning."

Simon Buckmaster, Bogdanka PTR Honda Team Manager: "Pawel is building in confidence as his strong points scoring performance in Aragon showed. He is gelling with his team and we are looking for another points scoring ride in what is his home race at Brno.

James dropped out of Aragon when his brakes faded suddenly. Despite this James is showing top five pace all the time and his first podium this year cannot be far away."


Ellison targets World Supersport and BSB

BOGDANKA PTR Honda's James Ellison will be on double duty for the remainder of the season, taking part in the British Superbike series along with his World Supersport commitments.

The 30-year-old from Kendal, Crumbia, former World Endurance, double European Superstock Champion and BSB runner-up with six wins in the series to his name, is set to ride for Robin Croft's Honda team starting from Oulton Park in two weeks time.

Ellison is currently 12th in the World Supersport Championship ahead of Bogdanka PTR Honda's home race at Brno in the Czech Republic this weekend. The team had no second thoughts to let James have more track time and show his potential in the BSB series.

James Ellison: "I'm very excited. Robin Croft is a very good friend of mine and he supported me for a long time. He was left without a rider lately and asked if I'm available. Simon Buckmaster, Michael Piasecki and the whole Bogdanka PTR Honda team had nothing against it as it won't take anything away from the World Supersport Championship and it will give me more track time on a bike. The CBR1000RR is a bike I'm comfortable with as it's pretty much the same bike I used last year. It handles similar to the CBR600RR to be honest and I'm very familiar with the team too so it's an easy transition. BSB is a tough championship and it won't be easy but I'm going out there to be at the front. I'd like to thank Simon, Michael and the whole Bogdanka PTR Honda team for allowing me race as not many teams would let their rider do that."

Simon Buckmaster, Bogdanka PTR Honda Team Manager: "James is fully committed to the World Supersport Championship and it is on those grounds that we have agreed he can also race in BSB. We think the additional track time will help him and he will wear Bogdanka branding in BSB, which is good for our sponsors, so it is a win for everyone involved. We are very interested to see how he can run on a Superbike - it has long been PTR's aim to run in World Superbikes and James is top of our rider list if we can gather the sponsorship to do so, good results here will help our shared ambitions I am sure."


World Superbike gears up for Brno classic

Brno (Czech Republic), Tuesday 5 July 2011 – The FIM Superbike World Championship moves into the second half of the season this weekend with the Czech Republic Round at the classic Automotodrom Brno circuit in the heart of Moravia. The 5.403 km track is full of ups and downs throughout and has a total of 14 curves; the spectacular nature of the track and its strategic location mean that numerous fans will undoubtedly come over from neighbouring Eastern European countries as well as from Italy and Germany.

The rider they will all have their eyes on this weekend, and whose name is indelibly linked with the Brno circuit, is undoubtedly Max Biaggi. The Aprilia Alitalia man has a grand total of three wins and seven podiums in the eight races he has taken part in at Brno since his arrival in World Superbike. His results take on even more significance seeing as he has never qualified for and finished a race in lower than fourth position. Add to this his three wins in 500 cc/MotoGP and four in 250 cc, and it becomes clear that the 2010 champion must be the favourite for the eighth round this coming weekend.

While Max Biaggi is the rider with the best results at Brno, Carlos Checa (Althea Racing Ducati) will be called upon to maintain his 43 point lead in the standings, over his Aprilia rival. Checa has been on the podium only once in his six races at Brno, finishing second in 2009, but this year he has already put an end to numerous preconceptions about his and his Ducati's form.

Third-placed man Marco Melandri (Yamaha World Superbike Team) has never raced a Superbike at Brno, but he does have a best result of fifth place in 2006 in MotoGP, and did win the 250 cc race in 2002. Currently Melandri has a gap of 66 points from Checa in the standings. Team-mate Eugene Laverty is also lining up for his Superbike debut on this track. The Irishman has already raced Supersport here, with one fifth place to his name in 2009, and Laverty, twice a winner already in his debut season, will be out to defend his fourth place overall from fellow Brits Leon Camier (Aprilia Alitalia) and Leon Haslam (BMW Motorrad Motorsports) who are right behind in the standings.

Another British rider, the injured Jonathan Rea from Northern Ireland, will be replaced by Alex Lowes on the Castrol Honda CBR1000RR, the youngster having previously raced at Brno in Superstock. Another illustrious absentee will be Troy Corser (BMW Motorrad Motorsports), who will not be substituted in the team for this occasion.

Other Italians who have gone well at Brno in the past include Michel Fabrizio (Suzuki Alstare) and Ayrton Badovini (BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team). The former has seven podiums in ten races to his name, while the latter has twice won in Superstock in 2006 and in 2010. The BMW Italia squad will be back to full strength at Brno with the returning James Toseland, who won race 1 here in 2007, and Toseland is now on the road towards completing his recovery following a crash in private testing at Motorland Aragon.

Things are beginning to move in a positive direction for the Kawasaki Racing Team, with Tom Sykes following up his Misano pole position with a top 5 placement at Aragon. Joan Lascorz scored a similar result at his home round, while Chris Vermeulen is finally putting in the mileage required after recovering from injury.

Brno could also see a return to the leading positions for Noriyuki Haga (PATA Racing Team Aprilia), who has one win (race 2 in 2005) and two pole positions at the Czech circuit to his name. The Japanese rider has always been in the points in the twelve races he has taken part in, and always finished in the top 8, an impressively constant performance by any standards, and he currently lies ninth overall.

Brno will be a home race to all effects for the Effenbert-Liberty Racing Team, who have their base in Prague, a Czech Republic sponsor and a Czech rider amidst their ranks. Jakub Smrz has on occasions proved to be blindingly fast but still has to find the right consistency on his Ducati 1098R machine.

As well as regulars Pedercini Kawasaki (Mark Aitchison and Roberto Rolfo) and Supersonic Racing Team (Maxime Berger), the grid will be made up of wild-card entries for Italian Matteo Baiocco on his Barni Racing Ducati 1098R and Hungarian Viktor Kispataki on a Prop-tech Ltd Honda CBR1000RR.

Points (after 7 of 13 rounds): 1. Checa 261; 2. Biaggi 218; 3. Melandri 195; 4. Laverty 146; 5. Camier 125; 6. Haslam 120; 7. Fabrizio 108; 8. Rea 94. Manufacturers: 1. Ducati 273; 2. Aprilia 257; 3. Yamaha 235; 4. BMW 153; 5. Suzuki 112; 6. Honda e Kawasaki 111.


XAUS JOINED BY ALEX LOWES AS REA CONTINUES RECUPERATION

Ruben Xaus (Castrol Honda) will team up with 20-year-old British rider Alex Lowes (Castrol Honda) at Brno for the eighth round of the FIM Superbike World Championship this weekend as team regular Jonathan Rea continues his recuperation from injuries sustain in a warm-up crash during the sixth round a month ago.

After making some significant advances in machine set-up for the Miller Motorsports Park and Misano rounds, Xaus and his team were unable to find a solution to suit the most recent circuit on the campaign trail, Motorland Aragon. Xaus has now prioritised finding a chatter-free set up for his Honda CBR1000RR in the early sessions at Brno, before he takes on the challenges of superpole qualifying on Saturday 9 July and raceday on Sunday 10 July.

Alex Lowes, the twin brother of 2011 Supersport World Championship rising star Sam, has never competed in World Superbike before, but he knows Brno from his time in Superstock racing, and he has been competing in the British Superbike championship on a full spec Kawasaki this season.

Brno has hosted WSBK racing a total of eight times in the past, with the 5.403km circuit featuring on the calendar continuously from 2005 until now. During that time there have been two Honda victories, one for James Toseland on the way to the title win in 2007, and another first place for Jonathan Rea in race one last year.

WSBK Rider Comments

Ruben Xaus, Castrol Honda says: "I am not sure what I am expecting at Brno, but we are looking for a set-up that avoids chatter. We could not avoid the problems at Aragon and I even came into the pit box, which I have never done before. As soon as we solve this problem there will be a big step up for us. At Misano we did this and we were fighting a lot, climbing up with good pace. Hopefully at Brno we can make a return to that form and to the improvement we showed Misano."

Alex Lowes, Castrol Honda says: "This is an awesome opportunity and I am really looking forward to getting out there and doing the best job I can. It is difficult to know what to expect, but I have ridden a slightly different version of the Honda before and I have ridden at Brno before, so hopefully I can do a good job for Castrol Honda. You get quite a lot of track time at World events so hopefully after a couple of sessions I should be ‘on it', as my brother Sam says all the time! As long as I do my best, work hard with the team and improve every session, then I think that would be quite good. That is what the team has said to me as well."

World Supersport Preview – ROUND 7

Brno Hosts Supersport Again As Honda Riders Aim For More Podiums

Fabien Foret (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda) crosses into the second half of the season as the leading Honda rider in the championship rankings as the series now heads to Brno for the Czech Republic for round seven of 12. Fabien holds fifth place and he is one of five Honda riders in the top ten places, in what is shaping up to be a particularly tough season.

A difficult race weekend for him in the most recent round at Motorland Aragon in Spain put Fabien fifth overall, but memories of a comparatively recent victory at Brno in 2009 will help motivate him to attempt to add to his win total of 12 in this always intense category of racing.

Despite losing some points through injury and misfortune in his rookie full season Sam Lowes (Parkalgar Honda) has battled his way back to sixth overall, only two points behind 2002 champion Foret. Armed with another Honda that has already proven to be podium capable Lowes is relishing the challenge of Brno. It is a circuit he knows well from previous seasons in Superstock and Supersport, despite this being his first full year as a permanent WSS rider.

Robbin Harms (Harms Benjan Racing Honda) has only recently relinquished his status as top Honda rider in the standings. Running his privateer machine on a modest budget in partnership with the Benjan team, Harms has been performing at a high level all season. The Dane feels that Brno will be a great leveller again, giving him another chance to fight for a podium finish.

Young Frenchman Florian Marino (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda) will go back to basics at Brno to recapture the kind of form that made him a candidate for rookie of the year in the early rounds. Now ninth overall, he and his multiple championship winning Ten Kate squad will ease into the Brno weekend with some new settings on his machine and will work towards a consistently fast performance on race day.

Gino Rea (Step Racing Team Honda) has had what can fairly be called an up-and-down season so far; with the high point of a podium at Donington contrasting sharply with some no-scores. Last time out Gino took a top six placing, but hopes to be in an even more competitive place on race day at his team's home race.

James Ellison (Bogdanka PTR Honda) is out to get back into the top ten this weekend, while the recently injured Miguel Praia (Parkalgar Honda) is back to full fitness and out to replicate his great Brno showing from 2010 when he took a career best at that time, in seventh place.

Polish rider Pawel Szkopek (Bogdanka PTR Honda) has no home race in 2011, but Brno is as close to it as he will get and he will count on strong support at this venue. Ondrej Jezek (SMS Racing Honda) is a series regular who hails from the Czech Republic, with his aim to get into the points once more and move up from 22nd place.

Alexander Lundh (Cresto Guide Racing Team Honda) continues his push towards a final top 15 finish, as does Vladimir Ivanov (Step Racing Team Honda). Currently Lundh is 17th, and Ivanov 18th.

Imre Toth (Team Hungary Toth Honda) will be partnered at this race by his fellow countryman Janos Chrobak, as Balazs Nemeth misses out.

The next round for all classes will take place in Great Britain, at the Silverstone circuit between July 29 and 31.

WSS Rider Comments

Fabien Foret says: "We did not have the best weekend in Aragon, besides my injuries this year it was probably my worst weekend. So we are really looking forward to going back to Brno and getting to the front. I have some good memories of 2009 when I won there and I do not mind the layout and design of the circuit at all. We have a strong bike, a good team and it is a nice track, so hopefully we should be able to fight for the win."

Sam Lowes says: "Misano and Aragon were good as we were on the podium each time. We could have been satisfied with the results, but we could also have done better. I crashed in Aragon during morning warm-up and hurt my shoulder again, but it does not feel bad and as I showed afterwards it does not interfere with my riding. My shoulder is strong, just a bit painful. So I just want to get to Brno and go for the podium or even fight for a win before I head to my home race at Silverstone. To me the Brno track suits my style and as always I am looking forward to riding with this team and on this bike. I just want to get there and start riding."

Robbin Harms says: "Brno is a really good track and it has a lot of corners that I can make up time in. There is still a big uphill section and you still need a lot of power. I like the fast sections and the combination of corners, so I have great expectations at this track. Our bike will be the same as before but with a lot of maintenance since Aragon to be sure it works at its best. We have not got the budget to test so we are keeping it for race weekend."

Florian Marino says: "I think that for Brno I will start from zero, because the last two rounds were not good races. I will arrive at a track that I know better than Aragon and my team will have some good set-up ideas to start the weekend with. I have been working hard to be stronger and more consistent in races, so hopefully I will be working better on the bike than recently. The track layout at Brno seems good for my riding style."

Gino Rea says: "I am prepared, physically and mentally and I am really looking forward to it. I think we will have the same material as we had at Aragon, but with no big long straight this time, hopefully we can be closer to the front. I have ridden at Brno this year, but only on a track day, so we did not get any real testing in. We will treat Brno like another race, except that it is the home race for the team. It would be good to get a top result for them."

James Ellison: "I like every track on the calendar, but Brno is one of my favourites. I have been there on a MotoGP bike and I remember it being a big wide track, so it will probably feel even wider on a 600. The only really trouble free weekend I have had so far was Misano when I was running a good pace. I hope we can have another weekend like that, but with a better final result. I think our bike will work well at Brno, but we will have to make sure we have a good drive up the hill."

Miguel Praia says: "I am completely recovered from the shoulder injury and did a lot of work on it since Aragon, to get my fitness back. I like Brno and I was seventh there last year so my target will be to make my best ever race. I am dreaming of a top five because I am completely recovered and have been training very hard in the hottest part of the day in the Algarve, so the high temperatures we expect at Brno will not be a problem for me."

Pawel Szkopek: "I'm relaxed after the short break following Aragon, but also very motivated as we've made good progress in the last two rounds. Brno is a track I've always done well at in the past and with it being pretty much our home race, I really can't wait for the weekend to start. I know many Polish fans are coming to support us and this will give me a massive boost. I'm confident we can do really well."


THE ALTHEA RACING TEAM AND CARLOS CHECA READY FOR THE NEXT SBK CHALLENGE, THIS WEEKEND AT BRNO

Brno (Czech Republic), Tuesday 5th July 2011: this week the Superbike stop off at the Automotodrom Brno in the Czech Republic for the eighth round of the World Championship. Championship leaders, the Althea Racing team and rider Carlos Checa aim for two great results to defend their position in the overall standings.

Three weeks ago Checa raced at his home track of Aragon in Spain. A third place finish in Race 2 helped boost his points total and ensure that he arrives at Brno with a 43 point advantage over the second placed rider. Carlos' best result at the Czech track in recent years was a second place scored in 2009; the team hopes to be able to improve on that performance this weekend.

Davide Giugliano and Lorenzo Baroni, Althea Racing's riders in the Superstock 1000 category, line up at Brno for round five of their ten event championship. Giugliano continues to top the overall standings with 95 points.

Carlos Checa

"I've been on the podium here in SBK and really like the track. It's one of the most historic circuits of all and I always enjoy riding here. Last year we did not have such a great race but that was down to a tyre choice. I think we have great potential this year; of course we have a disadavantage when it comes to power, especially on the uphill and the straight but I am confident and I think the work we've been doing this year will help us."

Checa's Superbike form at Brno

2010: Race 1 – 9th, Race 2 – 6th

2009: Race 1 – 2nd, Race 2 – 5th

2008: Race 1 – 8th, Race 2 – DNF

Country: Czech Republic Circuit: Automotodrom Brno Length: 5.403 km Pole Position: left Race distance: 20 laps = 108.060 km

LAP RECORDS: Best lap – Crutchlow (Yamaha) 1'59.291 (2010). Superpole – Crutchlow (Yamaha) 1'58.018 (2010).

2010 RESULTS: Race 1 - 1. Rea (Honda); 2. Biaggi (Aprilia); 3. Crutchlow (Yamaha). Race 2 – 1. Biaggi (Aprilia) 2. Rea (Honda); 3. Fabrizio (Ducati)


An Eager Yamaha World Superbike Team Head to Brno in Search of Victory

Following the success of Aragon just over two weeks ago, the Yamaha World Superbike team are heading to the next round on the calendar, Brno (Czech Republic) eager to confront the challenges in store and optimistic to be on top form. Melandri's impressive victory in race one and second in race two closed the gap further on the championship leader, Carlos Checa, to 66 points. With 12 races to go in the season and everything to fight for, Melandri and Laverty, currently in third and fourth place in the Championship standing, are en route to Brno determined to have the strength to do what it takes to further reduce the gap to the title.

The Brno circuit, previously known as 'Masaryk Circuit', originally called after the first president of Czechoslovakia, Tomas Masaryk, is situated close to the city of Brno in the southern regions of the Czech Republic and has welcomed the World Superbike Championship since 1993. The current 5.403 KM permanent road racing layout was opened in 1987. Prior to that, all racing events were held on the street circuit which at its longest measured an impressive 31km.The newly renovated Brno circuit is host to some of the most prestigious international motorsport events: FIA Grand Tourismo Championship, World Touring Car Championship, A1 Grand Prix, World Moto GP Championship and World Superbike. Constant elevation changes, a 7.5% gradient uphill straight at the last chicane and featuring the fastest chicanes in WSB all guarantee a challenging weekend of racing, where the power and strength of the Superbike machines are thoroughly put to the test.

Marco Melandri arrives in Brno fresh from the historical track of Spa Francorchamps where he participated in an entertaining Yamaha track day which succeeded the Bikers Classics event, last Monday. Melandri lead a group of over 250 European Yamaha customers on a demo lap of the circuit, riding a Yamaha stock R1. The Italian enjoyed the experience and the opportunity to tackle the infamously difficult 'L'eau Rouge - Raidillon' curve. Two fortunate customers won the chance to follow and support Melandri and the Yamaha World Superbike Team at a race weekend later this year.

Marco Melandri

Yamaha World Superbike Team

"Brno is a track that I really like and I'm glad to be going there this week. This is a good moment for me, after encountering a few difficult tracks. I got my confidence back in Aragon and had a great weekend. I think Brno is a suitable track for my Yamaha R1 and I'm pretty sure that I can do well there again. It's a track where I have managed to pocket some good results even in very difficult circumstances in the GP and I've also come away victorious in 125cc and 250 cc."

Eugene laverty

Yamaha World Superbike Team

"The last few rounds have been difficult for me. I've been struggling with a wheelie issue, but that should be resolved now. Brno is a nice flowing circuit which suits my bike so I'm confident I'll be back in a position to fight for a win. I feel as positive heading to Brno as I did before Monza so hopefully that's a good omen. I won't be satisfied with anything less a podium!"

Brno technically speaking according to Silvano Galbusera

Marco Melandri's crew chief

"Brno should be a good track for Yamaha. There are less tight corners and pretty good grip which suits our bike. Marco already knows the track, unlike quite a few other places on the calendar and that's an advantage. I hope we will have nice weather for the weekend! We'll start with the basic bike setting that we used at Aragon and see how that goes and then decide how to proceed in search of a suitable race set up. I also hope Pirelli supplies the medium soft tyres which should work well in Brno."

Brno technically speaking according to Frankie Carchedi

Eugene Laverty's crew chief

"Brno has many elevations and undulations, you need good handling as there are many change of directions. Hopefully our breakthrough with the front of the bike will allow us to use the power of the Yamaha to its full advantage, especially on steep climbs. Eugene picked up some valuable points in Aragon, after two bad starts off the grid. We have had difficulty most of year so far on keeping the front of the bike down. On race day in Aragon, we made a big breakthrough and we will be working more on this setting in Brno to further improve."

Andrea Dosoli - Yamaha World Superbike Team Manager

"We are starting the second half of the season in Brno with our riders in third and fourth place in the standings. Both this track and Silverstone are two places where we should be very competitive and be able to reduce the gap to Checa. Brno is a flowing track where a combination of the chassis and the strength of our R1 engine will be the key to victory for our riders. We expect to be very competitive in the Czech Republic, also thanks to the motivation driving the team and the riders and we want to provide a fantastic performance for our numerous fans."


PBM Look To Continue Form At Brno

The Kawasaki Superbike Racing Team heads for the Czech Republic this forthcoming weekend aiming to replicate their strong showing at Aragon last month when round eight of the World Superbike Championship takes place at Brno.

Last time out aboard the Paul Bird Motorsport Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10Rs at the Spanish track, Joan Lascorz celebrated the first race meeting at his home circuit with a seventh and a fifth place, his best combined points score of the season so far, whereas British rider Tom Sykes, who started from fifth place on the grid, took fifth position in race one before sliding off in the second race. Aussie Chris Vermeulen also scored 12th in race one before battling to 14th and more important points in race two.

With all three riders now fit, Yorkshireman Sykes is best placed in 13th in the series, the two races will provide a stern test for the team once again as they go in search of their first podiums of the season. Sykes only managed an 11th place finish at the corresponding World Superbike race last year although Lascorz came within a tenth of a second of winning the World Supersport race the same day.

Paul Bird, Team Owner: "Hopefully we have turned the corner with a solid performance at Aragon and we can now continue this forward for the rest of the season. We showed we had good pace earlier in the season but things didn't work out for us for a few rounds but I feel we have made good progress recently. Both Tom and Joan are now pushing each other and I feel a podium is just around the corner and with another home race at Silverstone coming up after this round, we need to be challenging at the front from now on."

The opening race gets underway on Sunday 10th July at 12.00 with race two at 15.30 and British viewers can catch the action live on British Eurosport.


FABRIZIO AIMS FOR BRNO WSB PODIUM

Team Suzuki Press Office - July 5.

Team Alstare Suzuki's Michel Fabrizio will be going all out for a podium at this weekend's eighth round of the World Superbike Championship at Brno in the Czech Republic.

The Italian likes the spectacular 5.403 kilometre track and has enjoyed many successes there on previous visits with seven podiums from 10 races.

Michel Fabrizio:

"I like the Brno circuit very much because it is a real race track; full of ups and downs and many fast corners. I particularly like the fast corners and I think my bike will go very well there. It's been a bit of a time since my last podium, but I think Brno is the kind of track where I can get on the podium.

"Of course my race-day plans would be helped if I could actually qualify on the front two rows of the grid. This has been a problem for me this season and it is very hard to get a good result if you have to start a race from rows three or four. I would be happy if qualifying tyres were scrapped because that would get rid of the element of luck in the three Superpoles. I think, if the qualifying tyres were scrapped, I would have a much better chance of qualifying on the first two rows of the grid. However, this is not going to change this season, so I and the team just have to manage the situation and qualify better. It is as simple as that.

"I am really looking forward to Brno and am thinking of at least one podium. If things go well on Friday and Saturday, then who knows what could happen on Sunday. But whatever happens in practice and qualifying, I shall be doing my very best to get on the podium on Sunday."


Lowes ready to step up

PARKALGAR HONDA'S Sam Lowes is ready to take the step to the top of the podium at Brno in the Czech Republic this weekend in the seventh round of the World Supersport Championship - after taking a personal best second place at the last round in Spain.

Miguel Praia is riding confidently on his Parkalgar Honda and scored a well-deserved ninth at the last round. He has high ambitions for Brno. There are practice and qualifying sessions on Friday 8th and Saturday 9th July before the race takes place at 1330CET on Sunday 10th July.

Sam: "I raced at Brno a few years ago and really liked the track, it suits my style with fast flowing corners and high corner speeds, I think it will be good for us. I am determined to win coming off Aragon (second) and Misano (third) where we showed our speed and I am hoping to go one step better at Brno. We are building towards a win and that's our main aim."

Miguel: "I am enjoying racing right now and taking ninth at Aragon was very good for me, I beat a lot of good riders and it gives me motivation. Brno is a track that should suit the Parkalgar Honda and I like it, so I will be wanting to challenge for my best ever result again, which means sixth or better."

Simon Buckmaster, Parkalgar Honda Team Manager: "Sam has the speed and the bike to take the next step to victory. He is gaining experience in track craft all the time and has a dedicated team supporting him all the way.

"I think Miguel is riding better now than he ever has and credit has to go to the relationship he has built with his new for 2011 Crew Chief Paul Williamson, they make a good team. We want him well inside the top 10 this weekend and there is no reason he cannot achieve it."


Brno Battle Royale expected in Supersport and Superstock

Brno (Czech Republic), Wednesday 6 July 2011 – The Automotodrom Brno, the venue for the Superbike World Championship round this weekend, has always offered spectacular racing not only in the top class but also in the other classes that make up the weekend's event programme.

World Supersport

The only rider who has won at Brno in recent years present in this season's race is Fabien Foret (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda). The Frenchman was victorious in 2009, while Superbike's Jonathan Rea, who scored the win in 2008, is currently out of action with a crash injury, and last year's winner Kenan Sofuoglu has moved on to another category.

Attention in the Czech Republic round will be mainly on the ParkinGO Yamahas, which have won five of the six races held so far, three wins going to points leader Chaz Davies and two to Luca Scassa, but the Italian has had a series of setbacks that have slipped him down to fourth place in the table. The other team in the limelight at the moment are the Spanish-run Kawasaki Motocard.com outfit, with Broc Parkes and David Salom currently lying second and third in the standings. The Australian won at Misano but he then crashed at Aragon, leaving the win to Davies.

The third major players are Honda, and after two positive results at Misano and in Spain, sixth-placed Sam Lowes (Parkalgar Honda) is another man to watch. He has a second and two thirds to his name and lies just behind Foret, who has twice finished second.

Massimo Roccoli (Lorenzini by Leoni Kawasaki) and Roberto Tamburini (Bike Service R.T. Yamaha) have both been close to the leaders on occasions, while Britain's Gino Rea is still waiting to kick-start his season into life for the Step Racing Honda team.

Points (after 6 of 12 rounds): 1. Davies 105; 2. Parkes 85; 3. Salom 71; 4. Scassa 70; 5. Foret 65; 6. Lowes 63; 7. Harms 59; 8. Roccoli 39; etc. Manufacturers: 1. Yamaha 135; 2. Honda 108; 3. Kawasaki 101; 4. Triumph 16.

Superstock 1000

With four wins in four races for Italian riders, as well as last year's victory for Ayrton Badovini, all signs point to more of the same this upcoming weekend. Davide Giugliano (Althea Racing Ducati) is currently in control of the FIM Superstock 1000 Cup with a 26 point lead over Danilo Petrucci (Barni Racing Team Ducati) and 27 over Lorenzo Zanetti (BMW Motorrad Italia Superstock Team), who was second here last year. The Spanish race saw a return to the front for Niccolò Canepa (SS Lazio Motorsport Ducati), while both Andrea Antonelli (Lorini Honda) and Fabio Massei (Piellemoto BMW) cannot be counted out in the fight for the podium places. The foreign interlopers hoping to spoil the Italian party will undoubtedly include Frenchman Sylvain Barrier (BMW Motorrad Italia Superstock Team), Australian Bryan Staring (Pedercini Kawasaki) and the young German Markus Reiterberger (Garnier Alpha Racing Team BMW).

Points (after 4 of 10 rounds): 1. Giugliano 95; 2. Petrucci 69; 3. Zanetti 68; 4. Barrier 40; 5. Canepa 37; 6. Antonelli 28; 7. Magnoni 26; 8. Massei 26; etc. Manufacturers: 1. Ducati 95; 2. BMW 77; 3. Kawasaki 39; 4. Honda 36; 5. Yamaha 9.

Superstock 600

The fifth round of the UEM European Superstock 600 Championship also takes place at Brno. The current standings see young Frenchman Romain Lanusse (MRS Yamaha Racing France) in the lead with 20 points advantage over Australian Jed Metcher (MTM-RT Motorsports Yamaha). In third place is the leading Italian Dino Lombardi (Martini Corse Yamaha), who scored a podium here last year. With Misano winner Giuliano Gregorini absent, the battle for the remaining top positions will now be between Michael Van der Mark (Ten Kate Junior Honda), Gauthier Duwelz (Falcone Yamaha) from Belgium and the American Joshua Day (Racedays Kawasaki).

Points (after 4 of 10 rounds): 1. Lanusse 81; 2. Metcher 61; 3. Lombardi 46; 4. Vd Mark 41; 5. Duwelz 38; 6. Gregorini 35; 7. Day 31; 8. Russo 29; etc.


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