2011 Brno MotoGP Press Release Previews - Yamaha, Honda, Ducati On Brno, And What They Will Be Testing On Monday

The first batch of press release previews for the upcoming Brno round of MotoGP, from the factory Yamaha, Honda and Ducati teams containing details of the tests to be held on Monday. Also, a Bridgestone press release explaining the new tire rules starting from now:

Three in a row, two of a kind for Crescent BSB racers!

Publish Date: Thursday, August 04, 2011

When John Hopkins climbed onboard his Samsung Crescent Racing Suzuki GSX-R1000 at Silverstone in the UK last weekend, he joined an elite band of riders that have competed in three championships in the same season.

But Hopkins' challenge is even more amazing when it's considered that he is also currently competing in the three different competitions – British Superbike, World Superbike and MotoGP - over three consecutive weekends! The Anglo-American began the process at Silverstone for a WSB Wild-Card appearance with his Samsung Crescent Racing squad. The team impressed on the world stage, with Hopkins achieving an incredible pole-position followed by a fifth place finish in the first race and seventh in the second. He now faces a trip to Brands Hatch for a triple-race BSB weekend that sees Hopkins continue his attack on the BSB title and his final venture - and final championship - in a gruelling trilogy of races will see him compete as a Wild-Card for the Factory Rizla Suzuki squad at Brno on August 14th as team-mate to MotoGP regular Álvaro Bautista.

Hopkins has become the first rider to complete this incredible sequence of National Superbike-World Superbike-MotoGP races in the current 800cc MotoGP World Championship era. However, he is joined in the record-books by former Crescent Suzuki racer Yukio Kagayama from Japan as a rider that has also competed in BSB, WSB and MotoGP in one season and incredibly also in three consecutive weekends. Kagayama was a member of the successful Crescent Suzuki BSB team in 2003 when he made an astonishing run of nine races in nine weekends, including racing in a fourth Championship event when he competed in the Suzuka eight-hour in Japan! Kagayama's amazing run started at Silverstone in a WSB event, before taking in further BSB rounds, another round of WSB at Brands Hatch and two MotoGP events for Suzuki at Assen in the Netherlands and Donington Park - coincidentally he was Hopkins's team-mate in both of those Grand Prix outings! Just for the record, Kagayama also completed the hat-trick of three championships in one season previous to 2003, when he starred in the Japanese National Championship, WSB and then the Motegi round of the 500cc Grand Prix Championship alongside reigning Suzuki World Champion Kenny Roberts Jr in 2001.

Hopkins' return to the world stage completes and incredible comeback by the 28-year-old from Ramona in California. Just 12-months ago he was having corrective surgery to his wrist to save his career after several specialists had said he'd never race again. The operations and rehabilitation were successful and, alongside a personal drive to change his lifestyle and dedicate himself to rebuilding his career, Hopkins competed in the AMA championship towards the end of 2010, even making an appearance on the podium. He was offered the opportunity to re-establish himself in the UK with the Samsung Crescent squad – a team owned by current Rizla Suzuki GP Team manager Paul Denning – and eagerly took the chance. He is currently in second place in the BSB standings and his dedication and loyalty to Suzuki through this season has now seen him rewarded with a MotoGP ride at Brno. Like Kagayama in 2003, Hopkins will now make it three Championships in a row over three weekends for a Crescent Suzuki BSB racer!

John Hopkins:

"This has been an incredible run of races for me and it is a pretty big deal to do three different championships in three weekends! I know Yukio did it in 2003 and carried on with an amazing run of nine consecutive races, I just have no idea how he managed that! It was good to get back to World racing last weekend at Silverstone, we did ok there, but I think we deserved a little better after qualifying on pole. We'd know how to get a better race distance result if we went back now! The weekend was a boost for all of us as it showed we are good enough to be there. This week at Brands will be busy as we have three races over two days, so there will be little time for rest and relaxation, but the BSB title is my main goal this weekend so I am totally focused on that. Then we go to Brno for the MotoGP race, it's a really big pleasure to be given this opportunity by Suzuki and I am going there much better prepared than when I rode as a replacement at the start of the season.

"It's an amazing thing to be in this position when I consider where I was at with my physical condition just a year ago, and I'm so grateful to everyone that has helped me to get back to a decent level. I just hope that from these three race weekends I can produce some quality as well as quantity to repay the faith shown in me. One thing I can guarantee is 100% commitment!"

Double-headed attack for Rizla Suzuki at Brno

Publish Date: Monday, August 08, 2011

Rizla Suzuki will resume the 2011 MotoGP season at Brno after a short summer break with a double-headed assault at the Czech Republic circuit.

Álvaro Bautista will be joined by Wild-Card John Hopkins as the Spaniard plans to continue with the good vein of form that he has shown in recent races. Bautista looked to be heading for a top-six finish last time out at Laguna Seca – to follow his seventh at Sachsenring the weekend before – until a crash ended his hopes. Bautista has grown in confidence over the last few events and is now showing the kind of form that he displayed in pre-season testing, before a serious leg injury at the first race in Qatar halted his season before it had begun.

Hopkins will be making his second appearance of the year for the Rizla Suzuki team, after deputising for the injured Bautista at Jerez earlier in the season. Hopkins is now full of confidence following a successful season so far in British Superbikes with the Samsung Crescent Racing team and a competitive outing – including pole position – at the recent UK round of the World Superbike Championships. Hopkins last raced at Brno for Rizla Suzuki in 2007 when he recorded his best-ever finish in a Grand Prix of second, on his way to fourth overall in that season's standings.

The Automotodrom Brno is situated in the south-east of the Czech Republic in the area of Kyvalka, about 16kms from Brno city centre. Its close proximity to Austria, Hungary and Poland, enables Brno to be one of the best attended races of the season, with approximately a quarter-of-a-million fans expected to pass through the gates over the weekend. The present 5,403m Brno Grand Prix circuit was built in 1987 and is located in woodland near to the old street circuit which previously staged the event.

Rizla Suzuki MotoGP takes to the track with Bautista and Hopkins on Friday 12th August for the first two free practice sessions, with another 45-minutes of practice on the following morning. Saturday afternoon will see the all-important qualifying session where grid places will be decided for Sunday's 22-lap race. The Brno event signals the start of the second half of the 2011 season and round 11 of the 2011 MotoGP World Championship will get underway at 14.00hrs local time (12.00hrs GMT) on Sunday 14th August.

Álvaro Bautista:

"I've been relaxing since the last race with a few days at the beach and now I'm training hard and looking forward to Brno. The last two races have been very positive and I think as a whole we are in the best position we have been since I've been in MotoGP. We need to continue with the progress we've made recently and the results will start to come. I had an injured back at Brno last year and couldn't ride at my best, but I'm 100% now and will be pushing from day one. I hope John has a good weekend and enjoys himself; it will be good to have him there as it will give us the chance to push each other along. I'm sure we can work well together to get a good setting for the GSV-R and it will be nice to have a team mate again! I'm excited about the Brno race – I will be giving my maximum!"

John Hopkins:

"This is my third race in as many weeks and I am really looking forward to it! It's been very busy and doing these three different championships back-to-back is quite a challenge, but I am really excited to be back in amongst the big boys at MotoGP. When I rode at Jerez earlier in the year I'd had no real 2011 racing experience so it was a bit 'in at the deep end'. It was also the first time I'd raced with my wrist working properly since the operation, up until then it was still healing and the few times I'd been on a bike in 2011 had been for pre-season tests and the filming shoot at Qatar. Now I feel that I have gained more confidence and I'm riding better than ever. I'm really pumped that the race is at Brno because it is one of my favourite tracks and I hope I can go well. I'm under no illusions that it will be tough, because the other guys have been racing on MotoGP bikes all season and I'll need some time to get up to speed with the bike and tyres, but I'll be giving it all I've got to try to get a good result for the team."

Refreshed Yamaha Factory Racing Ready for Brno GP

A well deserved mid-season two week break is nearly over and Yamaha Factory Racing is preparing to continue the 2011 MotoGP battle at Brno this weekend for the Grand Prix of Czech Republic.

Having spent his break relaxing in the Dominican Republic, defending World Champion Jorge Lorenzo is fighting fit and ready to continue his battle with Championship leader Casey Stoner for the title. The Mallorcan has four wins at the Brno circuit, one in 125cc, two in 250cc and a textbook maiden Brno MotoGP victory last year on his way to Championship victory. With eight races remaining on the calendar and a points deficit of just 20 to the lead, Lorenz has everything to fight for this weekend.

Ben Spies arrives at Brno this weekend fresh from time out in his home state of Texas, looking to improve on his impressive performance at the Czech circuit last year. The American has one World Superbike victory at Brno under his belt and was denied his maiden pole in his rookie MotoGP appearance last year by just 0.338 seconds from Dani Pedrosa. An impressive race run saw him finish just off the podium in fourth.

This year's race will mark the 42nd World Championship race on the Brno circuit, having first appeared on the calendar in 1965 as a road circuit. Now a fully closed track, the circuit is a favourite with many riders for its dramatic elevation changes and the fast close racing it generates.

Following the Brno race weekend Yamaha Factory Racing will remain at the circuit for a one-day 1000cc test in preparation for the 2012 Championship.

Jorge Lorenzo

"After the long break we are going to Brno completely recharged and ready to fight and try to reduce the gap with Casey. This is a track I like and where I won last year. I hope we can start the second half of the season on the podium. After the race we will be testing the 1000cc bike for one day. I am really looking forward to discovering the new Yamaha."

Ben Spies

"It's been really cool to hang out at home with my friends and family in Texas and take a break from the racing. I'm looking forward to getting back on the bike now, especially at Brno which is a track I really enjoy. It was good to me in Superbike and we showed a lot of potential there last year, I nearly had pole position and think I could have challenged for a podium if I hadn't suffered a frond end grip issue early in the race."

Wilco Zeelenberg

"We've had a nice short break for both riders and team which after ten rounds was necessary. We feel very positive for the rest of the season after the last three rounds; we are very competitive and Jorge is riding well and the bike is better than the first period. Brno is a very smooth track which Jorge likes a lot so we go there to challenge and try to close the 20 point gap to the lead. With eight races remaining anything is possible."

Massimo Meregalli

"We are all looking to Brno in good form having had a relaxing break. The team is refreshed and feels very motivated as we have had good results in Brno previously for both Jorge and Ben; the track definitely suits the Yamaha YZR-M1. Our package and performance has continued to get stronger over the season so we are looking to the last eight races determined to deliver on our potential."

Bridgestone MotoGP Preview - Round 11: Czech Republic, Brno

Tuesday 9 August 2011

Bridgestone slick compounds available: Front: Soft, Hard, Ex Hard. Rear (asymmetric): Soft, Medium

The Czech Republic's Automotodrom Brno circuit, located 200km south west of Prague, gets the second half of the 2011 MotoGP season underway on 14 August, but it is also a significant race because it is the first at which the new tyre supply regulations come into effect, giving riders a greater choice of softer compounds.

Compared to last year, this season Bridgestone have selected softer rear slicks for Brno and they are also asymmetric for the first time in the single supply era. Under the new tyre allocation rules every rider will also now have a choice of three compounds of front slicks with an additional soft compound option being made available for increased safety in the case of low ambient and track temperature.

Furthermore, every rider will also have a choice of rear slick tyre compounds – instead of being prescribed five tyres of each of the two available compounds, from Brno onwards each rider can now make a choice after FP2 of whether he wants six of the softer and four of the harder or vice versa, or five of each.

The Brno circuit is characterised by its dramatic changes of elevation which total more than 73metres from the circuit's highest point to its lowest, and this rollercoaster of tarmac creates specific challenges for tyres.

Weight transfer of the bikes is affected by the elevation, which consequently generates increased pressure on the tyres. Downhill sections throw weight forward, especially under braking, and so a strong front tyre is required for good stability. This is why Brno is one of only a handful of races all season for which Bridgestone have selected extra hard compound front slicks.

The importance of good corner exit speed is greater at Brno as it enables the machines to achieve improved drive and speed along the steep uphill sections of the circuit. This means good rear traction is very important to allow riders to open the throttle as early as possible. Here the uphill elevation changes actually help the rear tyres find even more grip by transferring weight to the rear of the bike, helping to force the rear tyre onto the tarmac.

Hiroshi Yamada – Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport Department

"The Czech Republic Grand Prix is the first for our new tyre supply system and I am confident that with it we will be able to answer satisfactorily what the riders have been asking for in terms of a greater choice of softer compounds specifically to improve warm-up performance. Brno is an abrasive circuit so grip is usually quite high, but I expect the softer compound options to be well used in the cooler morning sessions in particular. After a summer break since the last round at Laguna Seca, I'm sure everyone is recharged and eager to get back to racing and I hope that in changing our tyre supply system we can play our part in contributing to close competition and an exciting title race in the second half of this season."

Hirohide Hamashima – Assistant to Director, Motorsport Tyre Development Division

"The surface at Brno is very abrasive so poses quite a challenge for tyre durability, demanding harder compounds especially in the front. However from this race onwards our new tyre supply system comes into effect meaning that in addition to our ‘core' compounds we also provide every rider with softer front slicks. The weather in the region can be quite cool so I hope these changes will be well received and judging by their recent comments I think we will see quite a few riders choosing more of the softer compound options.

"The circuit is generally fast and flowing so the lateral loads generated are high, particularly in the right shoulders. The elevation changes challenge the front tyres, especially into the downhill corners where the weight transfer creates extra load. The medium speed corners require good shoulder stability from the rear tyres and good traction on corner exit, and excess sliding around the flowing lap can rapidly accelerate tyre wear given the abrasiveness of the tarmac."


After a two-week summer break the MotoGP season resumes this weekend with the traditional 'back-to-schoool' race at Brno. Marco Simoncelli stayed out for a much needed break in the USA following his latest disappointment at Laguna Seca as he aimed to recharge his batteries for the second half of the season. "Super Sic" has put his Californian nightmare behind him and is determined to finally achieve the results he has been threatening to pick up all season. At Brno, where he celebrated victory during his last season in the 250cc class, Simoncelli could not wish for a better circuit to restart at whilst for Hiroshi Aoyama the race also comes on the back of a much-needed break, as the Japanese continues his recovery from injuries picked up at Assen in June. His goal is to rediscover the promising form he showed in the early stages of the season as the championship enters the late summer at Brno. The Masaryk Circuit, named after the country's first president Tomas Masaryk, was opened in 1987 and made its first appearance on the Grand Prix calendar in 1993. It was built just a short distance from the old road circuit, which regularly pulled in crowds of over 200,000 to watch the likes of the legendary Phil Read, Mike Hailwood and Giacomo Agostini, who won seven times at Brno, do battle.

Marco Simoncelli "Obviously I would have preferred to go on holiday on the back of a different kind of result but that's the way it was and we just have to learn our lessons and move on from what happened at Laguna Seca. After a wonderful holiday in some fantastic American parks I go to Brno looking for the best possible result. We have to focus on the second half of the season and try to score some positive results. The circuit suits my riding style even though I didn't go so well there last year in MotoGP. I have won there before in the 250 class and I have also been on pole and on the podium in 125. Overall it is a track I like and I hope to do well. "

Hiroshi Aoyama "The result at Laguna Seca wasn't particularly pleasing but I still wasn't in good physical shape so now after this break I hope I am in better shape and form at Brno. I need to rediscover my confidence in myself and in the bike. It will be my first MotoGP appearance at Brno because I was injured here last year so it will be a new experience but I like the track and I was on the podium here in the 250cc class in 2006, as well as finishing fourth in 2009. I have the motivation to do well this weekend."

Fausto Gresini "After a relatively short summer break we head to Brno for the start of a real 'tour de force' throughout the second half of the season. The Czech Republic Grand Prix is bound to be an interesting one for the future of MotoGP with a lot of negotiations ongoing but our goal is to carry forward the Simoncelli project with the same professionalism as always. Our objective remains to help him achieve the results that have so far escaped him for various reasons. Brno is a circuit that has always brought our team luck – I won my first 125cc World Championship here and we celebrated our first podium here with Alex Barros as well as the 100th last year with Toni Elias. It is friendly territory for us and we hope it brings us more good times this weekend."

Repsol Honda Team excited to resume after Summer Break

After a well deserved two week summer break, the Repsol Honda Team are looking forward to resuming racing in Brno this weekend.

Repsol Honda Riders, Dani Pedrosa, Andrea Dovizioso and Casey Stoner have all enjoyed some time off with family and friends as well as resuming their training programmes after a gruelling six races in just eight weeks. In Brno this weekend they will be hoping to carry on as they left off in Laguna Seca on July 24, where they celebrated another double podium.

Casey Stoner has experienced mixed fortunes at the Czech circuit, with a podium in 250cc Class (2005) and one win in MotoGP Class (2007), last year he took the final podium spot finishing third. With his strong win in Laguna, Casey arrives in the Czech Republic in high spirits and will be looking for his sixth win of the 2011 season.

Andrea Dovizioso's top finish in Brno has been second place (250cc - 2006, 2007, 125cc - 2004), so he will be hoping to repeat his fine form from this season and take his first MotoGP Class Podium at this circuit.

Dani Pedrosa has enjoyed good results in the past at the Czech Republic circuit, winning in the 125cc Class (2003) and also in 250cc Class (2005), and with three podiums in his five outings there in MotoGP Class, he will be looking to claim his first win in the top tier at the Brno circuit.

After this weekend's race, the Repsol Honda Team will make use of a testing day at the Brno circuit, using the opportunity to further develop the 1000cc 2012 machine. Contracted riders Dani Pedrosa and Casey Stoner will test the bike in the one day test on Monday August 15.

CASEY STONER – World Championship Position: 1st with 193 points

"I've really enjoyed this summer break. After a great race in Laguna, we decided to stay in California and visit some friends and enjoy some down time, mixed in with some training. Now I feel relaxed and ready for the second half of the season. I'm looking forward to going to Brno, it's a circuit I've always enjoyed and I believe with the results we've had in the past years we can expect to have a good race there. I've seen that the Honda can be very competitive at all circuits this year so I'm sure we will also be strong in Brno. The fact that it's very fast and flowing has helped the Yamaha's in the past seasons and I think Jorge will be strong there, so I will be watching for him. We'll be working on overcoming some of the issues we've had in the fast corners at circuits this year and we will certainly be looking for the win, or at the very least some more important Championship points".

ANDREA DOVIZIOSO – World Championship Position: 3rd with 143 points

"I spent the summer break with my family and friends at the seaside in Sardinia. Early in the morning I was training, then I could play with Sara, my little daughter. It was a new experience for me that I really enjoyed. It was a perfect time to relax and switch off and now I'm ready for the second part of the season. We arrive in Brno very motivated as we want to redeem the disappointing result of Laguna. Brno is a fast track, the curves have a long range so the speed in the mid corner is high. I'm confident that we can be competitive there, the Honda machine is working very well and the characteristics of the track suit my riding style too. It's similar to Mugello and we look for a good result. Casey, Dani and Jorge will be strong rivals, but I'm confident that we will be able to fight with them. We are determined to return on the podium. This is our target".

DANI PEDROSA – World Championship Position: 4th with 110 points

"These two and a half weeks have flown by for me, but I really enjoyed this break. The truth is that I needed it, first of all to rest after the last few races that were physically hard for me but also to disconnect a little and to train, to get back my physical strength and be fit again. My holidays have been a combination of all. When I got back from Laguna I spent some days doing nothing just to relax the whole area of the neck, arms and back. After this I've been combining physical training with relaxation exercises to avoid over stressing the area. Now I'm looking forward to competing again and enjoying the races until the end of the season. The bike is working very well this year so I hope we can get good results and win races in this second half of the Championship. Brno is a track I like, I've won there in 125 and 250, and I've had some podiums also in MotoGP so to fight for the victory is a challenge for me and I'm very motivated. I'm also looking forward to the test at Brno with the 1000cc. bike. I missed the first one in Jerez due to the injury and I'm excited to see to see how the new bike works".


Héctor Barberá returns to action following a two-week break looking to continue good form at Brno

After a two-week break following their visit to the shortest circuits on the MotoGP calendar, the teams and riders this weekend return to action at one of the longest. They will need every bit of recharged energy as they look to tackle a challenging circuit over 5km in length that plays host to the eleventh round of the season. Casey Stoner and Jorge Lorenzo will resume their battle for leadership of the premier class, with Andrea Dovizioso and Dani Pedrosa also sure to play pivotal roles in the destiny of the title, as Valentino Rossi aims to complete his adaptation to the Ducati. All these ingredients make for an intriguing second half to the season.

Recovered, motivated and ready to continue with the excellent form that he signed off from the first half of the season with. That is the half-term report for Héctor Barberá, who showed a clear step forward in performance levels at Mugello, Sachsenring and Laguna Seca over the past three rounds. The MAPFRE Aspar rider is keen to continue that form at Brno, a talismanic circuit for the Spaniard, who finished a stunning fourth here during his rookie 125cc season back in 2002.

Héctor Barberá: "Brno is a special circuit for me - I managed to finish fourth here in my first season riding in the 125cc World Championship after qualifying in ninth, which is still one of my best ever races and one I will always remember. We were riding on standard kit and managed to fight with the factory riders. I love Brno and I am perfectly prepared for this one. I have done a lot of physical training over the break and I am looking forward to giving 200% on track. There are a lot of fast corners which are good for me and the goal is to improve on my best finish this season, which was sixth at Jerez, and continue the good form we have shown at Mugello, Sachsenring and Laguna Seca".


The two-week break that followed the Laguna Seca Grand Prix gave Valentino Rossi and Nicky Hayden time for a short vacation that both riders spent close to home, though the American rider took a brief excursion to Indianapolis. Hayden spent August 5 at Indy, splitting his time between promotional activities for the upcoming Grand Prix there and riding the track aboard a Ducati 1198 SP, using the opportunity to try out the new surface that was recently applied to part of the track.

This week the championship returns to action at Brno, the Czech Republic circuit that traditionally opens the second half of the season. It's a popular round with all the riders because the track, which was constructed in the mid-'80s, offers a great mixture of turns and elevation changes, and is fast, flowing and very wide. Valentino Rossi has claimed four podiums and seven wins across all the classes, while Hayden has one podium.

A test will take place on the Monday after the Grand Prix, and the Ducati Team will dedicate that day to working on the 800.


"After Laguna I took a few days of vacation, at the beach close to home. It was a short break but enough to recharge the batteries following an intense period. Now we'll spend a nice mid-August at Brno—classic! Seriously, I'm always happy to go there. I like the track not only because it's very nice, wide and fast, and I've always gone well there, but also because it's a special place for me since it's where I earned my first pole, my first win and my first world championship. During both the race weekend and the Monday test, we'll continue concentrating on the bike's setup, with the goal of reducing the gap to the lead group.


"It's been a bit of a break, but fortunately not all of it was away from bikes! On August 5 I had an opportunity to ride a Ducati 1198 SP at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where the entire infield section has been resurfaced, from Turn 5 to 16, in order to eliminate the bumps that used to limit our line options. Indy was already a great track, but now it's safer and even more fun. A big thanks to Ducati North America and IMS for all the hard work to make the test possible. I'm ready to get to Brno now. It's a very different circuit to what we've been to for the last two races at the Sachsenring and Laguna Seca. Those are tight with short lap times, and Brno is definitely a big, open track. We know it won't be easy, but we've just got to keep chipping away. It's clear that everybody at Ducati is doing the maximum, so we'll go there and try to get a good result. Obviously the test on Monday will be really important for us. I'll probably just ride the GP11 on the race weekend and then test the new bike on Monday."


"After Laguna Seca the team had the chance to rest for a few days, even though the work at Ducati never stopped. The Test Team tried some electronics updates at Mugello, and we'll use them in the post-race test at Brno to continue improving the setup and reduce the gap to the lead group. Filippo [Preziosi] will be on hand Monday, and we'll continue the development work on the GP11.1 with both Valentino and Nicky."

Circuit Record: Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha – 2009), 1:56.670 – 166.716 km/h
Best Pole: Valentino Rossi (Yamaha – 2009), 1:56.145 – 167.469 km/h
Circuit length: 5.403 km
2010 MotoGP race: 22 laps (118.866 km)
2011 MotoGP schedule: 2:00 p.m. local time
PODIUM 2010: 1st Jorge Lorenzo, 2nd Dani Pedrosa, 3rd Casey Stoner
POLE 2010: Dani Pedrosa (Honda – 2010), 1:56.508 – 166.948 km/h

2010: 3rd (Stoner)
2009: 6th (Hayden)
2008: 7th (Melandri)
2007: 1st (Stoner)
2006: 1st (Capirossi)
2005: 2nd (Capirossi)
2004: 5th (Capirossi)
2003: 3rd (Bayliss)


Bike: Ducati Team Desmosedici GP11.1

Rossi's MotoGP track record at Brno
2010: Grid: 5th; Race: 5th
2009: Grid: 1st; Race: 1st
2008: Grid: 2nd; Race: 1st
2007: Grid: 6th; Race: 7th
2006: Grid: 1st; Race: 2nd
2005: Grid: 4th; Race: 1st
2004: Grid: 3rd; Race: 2nd
2003: Grid: 1st; Race: 1st
2002: Grid: 3rd; Race: DNF
2001: Grid: 2nd; Race: 1st
2000: Grid: 5th; Race: 2nd

Rossi's 250 track record at Brno
1999: Grid: 3rd; Race: 1st
1998: Grid: 2nd; Race: DNF

Rossi's 125 track record at Brno
1997: Grid: 3rd; Race: 3rd
1996: Grid: 1st; Race: 1st

Bike: Ducati Team Desmosedici GP11

Hayden MotoGP track record at Brno
2010: Grid: 8th; Race: 6th
2009: Grid: 8th; Race: 6th
2008: Grid: DNS; Race: DNS
2007: Grid: 2nd; Race: 3rd
2006: Grid: 4th; Race: 9th
2005: Grid: 2nd; Race: 5th
2004: Grid: 7th; Race: DNF
2003: Grid: 7th; Race: 6th


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"The Czech Republic Grand Prix is bound to be an interesting one for the future of MotoGP with a lot of negotiations ongoing...."

What's he referring to?

Saw that as soon as I went back to the front page.


Ducati has already done a bunch of testing on the 1000 (5 of the 8 permitted days), and so are saving the rest up for after Misano, when they'll have more new stuff to test. They should be able to get an idea of where they stand against Honda and Yamaha, though: they will be testing their 800 on Monday, and they know how much faster their 1000 is (approximately half a second around Mugello) than their 800.