Press releases from the Moto3 and Moto2 teams ahead of this weekend's race at Brno:
BASTIANINI AND DI GIANNANTONIO BOTH GUNNING FOR GLORY AT FAST AND FLOWING BRNO
Right after the Austrian Grand Prix, the Gresini Racing Team Moto3 heads to Brno this weekend for round eleven of the Championship, the Grand Prix of the Czech Republic. An event in which both Enea Bastianini and Fabio Di Giannantonio will try to get another good result after the excellent performance displayed last Sunday at the Red Bull Ring.
On the third step of the podium in the last two Grands Prix, Enea Bastianini arrives on a track that has always seen him extremely competitive: the 18-year-old rider from Rimini, second placed at Brno both in 2014 and last year, has been working very hard with the team in recent times on his Honda NSF250RW machine set-up and he will keep working to progress further, particularly with regard to braking.
Also Fabio Di Giannantonio is optimistic ahead of the race on the fast and flowing Czech circuit: the 17-year-old from Rome, who has now 66 points in the standings thanks to the eighth place finish in Brno and fighting with Nicholas Bulega and Joan Mir for the Rookie of the Year trophy, is aiming to improve the result obtained in Austria.
“Brno is definitely one of my favorite tracks and the two podiums collected during the last two years prove it. In addition, we can use the data collected in the tests conducted here last July, although actually the track on that occasion was very slippery and if the conditions will improve over the weekend we will have to re-adapt the bike set-up. However, we can count on a good base that is allowing us to be fast, but as we could see in Austria we are still struggling a bit under braking. We need to work on this area if we want to be more competitive in the final stages of the race. However, I’m very happy with the work we are doing with the team and Honda is helping me a lot, so I hope we can have another good race”.
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO
“In Austria we enjoyed a very satisfying weekend, working well on the bike: in the race I could be fast and I could get more without the physical problem on my left arm. We got a rally good feedback from the two days of testing carried out last July at Brno, so we arrive in the Czech Republic determined to repeat the good performance shown recently, convinced that we can collect another good result. I think that we’ll have fun!”.
“In Austria it was important to start the second half of the season in a good way and we did it: after Germany, we brought home another great team result with Enea fighting for the victory and again on the podium, and a determined Di Giannantonio who finished eighth despite some physical issues. On the paper Brno is a track where we can do very well: Enea has always been very competitive in the last two years and also Di Giannantonio proved to like the characteristics of this track during the test carried out last July. As for Fabio, we hope he can solve the physical problems on his left arm he had in Austria, so we can be 100% with both riders and try to get another good team result”.
LOWES PRIMED TO MAKE UP FOR AUSTRIAN DISAPPOINTMENT AT BRNO
The fast and flowing Brno circuit, in the Czech Republic, is going to host this weekend the eleventh round of the 2016 Moto2 World Championship: fresh from the disappointing race in Austria, Sam Lowes and the Team Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 are determined to return to fight for the top positions on a track that on paper looks favorable.
Fifth placed in last year’s edition, Lowes will be back on his Kalex machine for the first Free Practice Friday, August 19 at 10.55 to begin to prepare for the 20-lap race to be held Sunday, August 21 at 12.20.
“In Austria we faced a very particular track without testing there before and during the race weekend we have been struggling in particular in a specific sector of the circuit, the T2. Now the Championship battle is very complicated, but we don’t want to think about it: from now on we will try to focus race by race. I like the track at Brno and the goal will be to have fun and enjoying riding my bike again. I think that the track, fast and really wide, will help us: we want to return competitive and we have two very good opportunities to do so, Brno and Silverstone, two circuits that I really like. We want to forget Austria and arrive in the Czech Republic with confidence”.
“We want to leave Austria’s disappointment behind our shoulders. Luckily this weekend we will have already the opportunity to come back on a track that on the paper suits Sam’s riding style. I have confidence both in the rider and in the team and I know that we can quickly get back on top: we must stay focused looking for a solution that will allow us to regain the competitiveness that has always distinguished us during the season”.
Confidence high as Morbidelli and Márquez head to Brno
Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS riders Franco Morbidelli and Álex Márquez make the short trip from Austria to the Czech Republic this week in confident mood that both can mount a serious challenge for the podium at the fast and flowing Brno track.
Morbidelli is in the form of his life after finishing on the podium in two of the three last races, which includes an outstanding career best second place finish last weekend in an entertaining battle at the Spielberg track in Austria.
The 21-year-old was happy with progress with the set-up of his Kalex machine during a rain-hit test in Austria on Monday and he is determined to continue his decent sequence of results going into Brno after he finished eighth in 2014 and 10th last season.
Márquez is certainly relishing the prospect of tackling the undulating and demanding 5.4km Brno this weekend. The Czech Republic venue is the favourite track for the former Moto3 World Champion on the 18-round schedule and he arrives in Brno full of optimism after claiming only the third top six finish of his Moto2 career in Austria last weekend.
Márquez claimed a hard fought and richly deserved sixth place in Spielberg, which was his best result in almost a year when he finished fourth in the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.
Márquez also took a fourth place in Brno last year, and he is aiming to put up a strong fight for his first Moto2 podium in Sunday’s 20-lap race.
Brno first staged a Grand Prix back in 1965 on a 13.94km road course and it has been staged on the current layout in all but one year since 1987.
“Brno is a very different track to Austria but I really like it because it is very fast and flowing. I hope to go there and be as strong and competitive as I was in Spielberg because it was fantastic to get my best ever World Championship result last weekend. We were able to experiment with a few things at the test at Spielberg on Monday. What we tried worked well at that track so hopefully I can also feel a benefit when we get to Brno. Brno is long and wide and really fast with a lot of flowing sections and it seems to suit my riding style. I also like the undulations but there is no real secret to being fast there. You can be fast in Brno in many different ways and that is why I like it so much.”
“Brno is my favourite track and right from my first year in the World Championship I have always enjoyed riding there a lot. It has always been a positive circuit for me but I go there with the same mentality like any other race and that is to give my maximum and try and get the best result possible. We can’t think it is going to be easy but of course our expectations are high, particularly after a very strong result in Austria last weekend. That gave me a lot of confidence and I also had a very successful test at Brno during the summer break where I was really fast, so I expect to be competitive this weekend.”
Zarco targets fifth win from six races as Moto2 hits Brno
Reigning Moto2 World Champion and current series leader looks to extend advantage in the Czech Republic.
08/17/2016 - Automotodrom Brno, Czech Republic
Johann Zarco is indisputably the rider of the moment in Moto2 -and possibly across all three classes of the World Championship. The Ajo Motorsport leads the way in the overall standings, coming into a second consecutive weekend of racing. This weekend’s venue is the Automotodrom Brno, where Zarco was victorious last season.
The Frenchman has taken four wins from the last five rounds, plus second position. This translates to 120 points from the 125 available, and has made him the outright leader of the Moto2 standings since the German GP. He will defend his 34 point advantage in the series at Brno, where he has taken both a podium in 125cc (in 2011) and a win last season with Ajo Motorsport.
The Czech Republic round will be the 400th Grand Prix for the World Championship. The Moto2 race begins at 12:20pm on Sunday.
5 JOHANN ZARCO
"The season doesn’t stop and it is time to think about the Czech GP. Despite having planned to test on Monday at the Red Bull Ring, we finally decided on Sunday that we would skip it so as to be 100% fit. I like having two Grands Prix in two weeks, and I prepared well during the summer break for them, but you need to be fresh physically and mentally. It will not be the only time this happens in the second half of the season, so we should not force things more than necessary. The Automotodrom Brno is a different track to Spielberg, because it is much longer, but at both you have to ride very smoothly. We will try to repeat the performance from last weekend and move forward in the fight to retain the title."
Red Bull KTM Ajo in action for second consecutive weekend
Brad Binder and Bo Bendsneyder take on Czech Republic Grand Prix this weekend, following Moto3 World Championship’s first GP in Austria.
08/17/2016 - Automotodrom Brno, Czech Republic
After racing last weekend at the Red Bull Ring and testing the day after at the Austrian track, the Red Bull KTM Ajo riders will be back on their bikes again this Friday -this time at the Automotodrom Brno. The historic Czech track hosts the eleventh round of the Moto3 World Championship, at which Brad Binder will attempt to further consolidate his lead of the series and Bo Bendsneyder will aim to keep up his momentum following his best result of the year.
Binder missed out on victory last Sunday, but the twenty points earned from second position in Austria were very well received by the South African. With eight races remaining, Binder has a 67 point advantage over his nearest rival in the overall standings. His points tally for 2016 -179- is already his best ever in the World Championship. He was on the podium last season at Brno.
Bendsneyder’s progress in his rookie season continues apace, and a run of two Top 10 finishes and a further two Grands Prix in the points has been a positive haul from the past four rounds. The Dutchman reached his peak so far this season in Austria, where he placed seventh. Last year at Brno, Bendsneyder claimed a win and a second place in the two Red Bull Rookies Cup races held in the Czech Republic.
This weekend the World Championship celebrates 400 Grands Prix. The Moto3 race will take place at 11am on Sunday.
41 BRAD BINDER
"On Monday we finished four days of work at the Red Bull Ring, and this Friday we start a new GP. We arrive at the Automotodrom Brno after a podium there last year, and this is always good. In last Monday's test we tried out new setups that we are sure will be useful this weekend. Brno is one of those circuits where there will definitely be a big fight in the big leading group, but our idea is to follow exactly the same philosophy with our work that we used at the Red Bull Ring: Focus on myself and just do my work. If we can do that, we will get good results. The goal, as at every race, has to be the victory."
64 BO BENDSNEYDER
"The Automotodrom Brno is a track that I like and I think it suits my riding style fairly well. It has very fast corners, long straights and some steep gradients. It will be a difficult weekend but I love the fast sections. The memories I have of the track could hardly be better, as last year I took a second place and a win there in the Red Bull Rookies Cup. I can’t wait to get there and repeat a position in the Top 15 or Top 10 at least."
THE SKY RACING TEAM VR46 IS READY FOR BRNO
After the ninth place in Austria, Bulega is motivated to reduce the gap with the strongest. Migno wants to leave behind the difficult Austrian weekend.
Brno (Czech Rep.), August 18th, 2016 - Just seven days from the Austrian GP is time to back on track for Sky Racing Team VR46 at Brno. Andrea Migno and Nicolò Bulega are looking forward to ride their KTM on the historic Czech circuit, one of the most difficult and technical tracks of the entire championship.
After the day of testing at Spielberg, where the team has been working on setting and confidence in wet conditions, Nicolò is ready to fight with the front guys. The young rookie, who had the opportunity to discover the track last spring - during a KTM test - is motivated to show to all his potential.
Motivated to do his best also Andrea, thirteenth last year under the checkered flag and he has always been fascinated by the Czech track. For the Italian rider the goal is clear: Top15 and points.
Length: 5.4 km
Left turns: 6
Right turns: 8
Longest straight: 636 m
Race laps: 19
Race distance: 102.7 km
2015 Moto3 Podium: Niccolò Antonelli, Enea Bastianini, Brad Binder
PABLO NIETO - Team Manager
After the test on Monday at the Red Bull Ring we are motivated to do our best on a very difficult and technical track as Brno. Both riders know the track and I'm sure they will be able to be in the front group. Nicolò did a good job in Austria and certainly he will fight with the strongest guys. Andrea needs to forget the last weekend so he is looking forward to back on his KTM. Romano, as previously announced, has broken his relationship with the team and he will not race in Brno. For this race there is not a replacement: Lorenzo Dalla Porta will join the team from Silverstone.
ANDREA MIGNO - Pilota Sky Racing Team VR46
I'm happy to back on track: it is important to get behind the difficult weekend in Austria. Some technical problems have stopped me, but the day of testing at Spielberg helped us to complete our planning. I like Brno and I'm confident: we can fight in the top group for points.
NICOLÒ BULEGA - Pilota Sky Racing Team VR46
At the beginning of the season, Brno had to be one of those completely new tracks for me, but in April, I had the opportunity to discover the circuit during a KTM test. The weather was not the best, the track temperature was low, only a few degrees, but I could take confidence with trajectories and lines. So I can fight with the fastest guys right from the FP1 this weekend.
Forward Racing - Onboard Lap split screen Luca Marini and Lorenzo Baldassarri