2016 Brno MotoGP Preview Press Releases

Press releases from some of the MotoGP teams and Michelin ahead of this weekend's race at Brno:

Brno circuit according to Santi Hernandez and Ramon Aurin

Race engineers to Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa, respectively, run through the key points of the historic Czech circuit.

Repsol Honda Team en route to Brno for Czech Republic GP

With just a few days to rest following the Austrian GP, Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa are heading to the Czech Republic for the next race, round 11 of the 2016 World Championship. A very popular venue with both riders and fans, Brno is an undulating 5.4 km circuit with a challenging set of six lefts, eight rights and five straights, the longest of which is 636 m.

Both riders have enjoyed good results in the past at Brno, with Dani making the podium on 10 occasions, winning in 2003 in the 125cc class, in 2005 in 250cc, and twice in MotoGP: 2012, when he was involved in a memorable battle with Jorge Lorenzo, and 2014. Marc has been on the podium four times at Brno, taking victories in 2012 in the Moto2 division and in 2013 in MotoGP. Last year he took second.

A one-day post-race test is scheduled for Monday, 22 August.

Marc Marquez

Championship Standing: 1st – 181 points

“We had a challenging weekend in Austria but we did the best we could and, all things considered, we were able to get away quite well. The shoulder didn’t bother me during the race but it was a bit sore afterward, so these couple of days before Brno have been good to rest a bit. Brno isn’t one of my favourite tracks but we’ve been able to get some good results there in the past. We must be really focused and work well in order to be able to fight for the podium again.”

Dani Pedrosa

Championship Standing: 4th – 105 points

“In this second part of the season, we should find some more suitable tracks for us. Of course Brno has some long straights that can be demanding for us, but it’s a track that I’ve liked since I started racing, and I always have a good feeling there. It’s very wide, with some very fast corners, and you must be able to hit the best lines to set good lap times, as it doesn’t forgive the smallest mistake. I just hope that the weather is stable so we can use all the practice time and try to build up some more confidence and speed.”

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Bring the Heat to Brno


Fresh from a podium fight at the Austrian Grand Prix, the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP team heads to the Brno for this weekend's HJC Helmets Grand Prix Ceské republiky. After a strong ride from Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi last Sunday, the teammates aim to further their championship challenge during this weekend's race at the Automotodrom Brno.

Lorenzo arrives in Brno in second place in the championship standings and with a confident mind-set after a third place in Spielberg. Thanks to the 16 points he collected last Sunday he decreased the margin to the rider leading the championship to 43 points with eight Grands Prix left.

This weekend the current World Champion aims to deliver another top result to further strengthen his record at the Brno circuit. Previously he secured a 125cc victory in 2004, two 250cc first places in 2006 and 2007 and a MotoGP win in 2010 and 2015.

Rossi also underlined his fast pace last week at a track that supposedly didn't suit the Yamaha and increased his point-total to 124 points. He looks forward to delivering another strong performance by making the most of the YZR-M1's strengths this weekend in the flowing hills of the Czech Republic.

The nine-time World Champion has fond memories of previous events at the Brno track. He secured his first ever 125cc win at the Czech Republic track in 1996, now twenty years ago. He followed it up with a 250cc victory in 1999, a 500cc first place in 2001 and modern era premier class Brno win in 2003, 2005, 2008 and 2009.

The Brno track hosted its first FIM Czech Grand Prix in 1987 and has been a fans' and riders' favourite thanks to its great atmosphere and stunning location. The circuit has a fast layout consisting of 14 corners in total (six left, eight right), a 636m longest straight, and multiple changes in elevation to test the bikes' set-up. The hills surrounding the circuit also offer spectators an excellent view so they won't miss a moment of the thrilling racing action.

Massimo Meregalli - Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team Director

"After the race in Austria, we headed straight to Brno for the back-to-back race and we are determined to give it 100% as always. We are back at a track where we can definitely be strong: Brno is a very smooth track with fast corners, which suits our bike well. The team always enjoys this round and Vale and Jorge both have scored great results here in the past. They are both in good physical form and are looking forward to meeting the Czech fans again, who always give this Grand Prix a special atmosphere."

Jorge Lorenzo

Championship: 2nd, 138 points

"We achieved a great result in Austria after a difficult period for me, so I'm pretty happy to come back with a podium finish. I'm happy to ride again this week at Brno in a back-to-back race. That racetrack is beautiful and it suits the YZR-M1 perfectly. I like the Brno circuit a lot because it has plenty of high-speed corners and I have good memories there. Last year we dominated the race and I hope to have good feelings there again this time round. We need to stay in the fight again and try to recover some more points for the championship as we did in Spielberg."

Valentino Rossi

Championship: 3rd, 124 points

"I like that we go back on track immediately. In Austria I wanted to get on the podium but I wasn't able to so unfortunately. Anyway, it was a good race. After the tests we were a little bit in trouble but during the race we didn't do so badly. Now we go to Brno, a track that we know well and that I like very much. Last year Jorge was much faster than me and I'm curious to see if this year I will do better. We are working well and the Brno GP is close. I want to get back on track!"


Team Suzuki Press Office – August 17

First of two back-to-back races in the second-half of the MotoGP™ World Championship sees Brno in the Czech Republic host the 11th of the season this weekend.

Team SUZUKI ECSTAR riders Maverick Viñales and Aleix Espargaró approach the HJC Helmets Grand Prix Ceské republiky race with different feelings: While Viñales will try to repeat – and hopefully improve upon – his 2015 performance where he fought very close to a podium position, Espargaró will have to overcome the injuries suffered last Friday at the Red Bull Ring race in Austria, where he fractured his left hand.

Overall, the previous race was a positive one for the team; although Espargaró’s crash worried everyone, the improvements showed by both riders gave the Suzuki engineers added enthusiasm and more valuable data to work on.

Brno’s challenges include a number of elevation changes through forested hillsides as well as fast and slow corners, which test the rider’s skills and also engineering technology to the limit. The track has a length of 5.4 km (3.36 miles) with six left and eight right-hand corners.

Sunday's MotoGP race will take place over 22 laps for a total distance of 118.9 km (73.9 miles).

Maverick Viñales:

“I’m curious to go to Brno because it’s a track I like and last year I had a positive GP here. It is a fast circuit and yet technical, I think the GSX-RR can suit the circuit with its good-performing chassis and also the improvements we have done with the engine and the seamless; and compared to last year, I think this can give me further help for a positive weekend. Of course we still have some issues to face: The traction is not performing as well as I’d like, we are making some progress but it is not quite enough yet. The set-up will be crucial, but also the electronics will play an important role. My goal will be to work as hard as possible from the very beginning on Friday, and try to transform the positive feeling I have about the track into a positive result in Sunday’s race.”

Aleix Espargaró:

“The race in Austria was really tough for me, unfortunately the finger hurt a lot and I couldn’t keep proper grip on the handlebars when the tyre-drop started to make the bike move. This resulted in a retirement and it’s something I never like when it happens. I really tried hard until the very last lap because I wanted to finish the race, but it was impossible and I had to give up. We only had a couple of days of recovery before this Brno race, but I tried to work hard to recover as much as possible and I hope I will be in good condition for this weekend. The Brno track is a nice one, last year Maverick had a very good race and this year our technical package is even better, so I’m confident for a positive result. In Austria we made some improvements and steps forward with the machine, being competitive all weekend, so we will try to exploit that positive path we’ve found.”

Ducati Team arrives in Brno for Czech Republic GP after splendid 1-2 triumph in Austria

Hot off the heels of a superb 1-2 win in Austria last Sunday, which marked the return of Ducati to the victory rostrum in MotoGP for the first time since 2010, the Ducati Team has now moved about 300 km further north-east to the Czech Republic for the eleventh round of the 2016 world championship, which takes place at the Automotodrom circuit in Brno. Andrea Iannone and Andrea Dovizioso, first and second in the Austrian GP, are already gearing up to take to the track again for MotoGP’s next round.

The circuit offers a truly fantastic spectacle for the fans, but also for the teams and riders, with its main features being a succession of variable-radius corners together with numerous steep uphill and downhill sections. Fast and flowing with plenty of room for different trajectories, the Brno circuit is one of the most popular tracks on the calendar.

In last year’s edition of the Czech Republic Grand Prix, Iannone finished fourth overall, despite a technical problem that hampered the performance of his Desmosedici GP15, while Dovizioso was classified in sixth place after holding on to fifth until the final lap.

Statistics-wise, the Austrian weekend marked a series of milestones in the history of the Borgo Panigale manufacturer in MotoGP since its debut in 2003: win #32, the third 1-2 win after Valencia 2006 (Bayliss-Capirossi) and Phillip Island 2007 (Stoner-Capirossi), the 35th pole position, the 35th fastest lap, the 100th and 101st podium, while for Dovizioso it was GP #250 in his career.

The Czech Republic GP weekend programme will get underway on Friday morning with the first free practice session at 9.55 am, while the 22-lap race is scheduled for Sunday at 14.00 CET.

Andrea Iannone (Ducati Team #29) – 6th (88 points)

“It is still very difficult to explain my feelings after the win in Austria, but I can only say that it was a truly incredible weekend. Now we go to Brno for the next race and I think that this circuit is also very good for us. Last year I finished fourth despite a technical problem but now we have a good pace for fighting for the podium at every round. For sure also our rivals are very strong at this track but I think there is a good chance for me to score a good result again.”

Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team #04) – 7th (79 points)

“After our 1-2 in Austria, Ducati must now take a lot of confidence into the next few races even though we must never stop working to improve the little details, because our rivals are very strong and the Yamahas at Zeltweg were able to finish the race close to us. In Brno it will be more difficult but in the last few races we have improved everything in the bike so I am sure that we can also be competitive in the Czech Republic.”



Just a few days after the Austrian GP, MotoGP is back on the track at Brno, the historic Czech Republic circuit. It is a race with high expectations for the Aprilia Racing Team Gresini following the progress demonstrated at the Red Bull Ring in terms of technical growth for the fledgling RS-GP.

Alvaro Bautista and Stefan Bradl, who both had their race in Austria compromised by a double ride through because of jump starts, showed absolutely respectable times during the race in terms of pace. On a track like Brno, theoretically more suited to the qualities of the Aprilia technical package than the Austrian track, all the conditions are there to aim for a good result.


“Brno is a track where we were able to bring home points last year with both riders. On paper, it seems to suit our bike well. We are coming from a weekend where tangible progress was seen. In the Czech Republic, we'll aim to confirm that progress by maximizing the result. Specifically, we will be working with qualifying in mind, a situation where we still have some limitations. We are looking good in terms of race pace, whereas in qualifying our rivals manage to improve their performance by about a half a second. By not succeeding in being incisive on the flying lap, we are often forced to start from behind and that makes managing the race much more complicated. In particular we will be working on the rear settings, looking for more grip that will allow us to exploit the performance of the qualifying tyre”.


“We are coming to Brno determined to bounce back. Despite the result, conditioned by the penalties assigned to both our riders for a jump start, at the Red Bull Ring we had excellent feedback on the competitiveness of the RS-GP. In fact, during the race, Alvaro made top-six lap times, demonstrating that a big step forward has been taken. The technical innovations Aprilia brought, including engine changes, proved to be effective and in the Czech Republic we would like to reap the benefits of this progress. We know that we can do well, so it will be important to stay focused and not make any mistakes”.


“We are coming to Brno highly motivated. Despite the jump start problem and the display issue, in Austria performance throughout the weekend was positive, especially in terms of our race pace. The track is very different. There are no demanding braking sections like at the Red Bull Ring, but you need to make sure the bike flows well. Technically, you need a bike that is both easy to handle and that has good acceleration. The straights are not very long, but they are rather demanding in terms of power. I think that the advantages we found in Austria with the new engine will also help us in Brno. We will start off focused straight away from Friday, with the goal of finding a good pace and perhaps also improving performance in qualifying”.


“Having a race straight away after the Austrian round gives us the chance to bounce back immediately. The circuit definitely suits the RS-GP better than the Red Bull Ring, so our chances of showing our competitive we are increase straight away. Last year, in my second race with Aprilia, I made a good finish in the points after a positive weekend. We will need to stay focused and set our sights on the best possible result”.‬

No rest for prepared Tech3 duo as Brno battle approaches

Monster Yamaha Tech3 Team riders Pol Espargaro and Bradley Smith head straight to the Czech Grand Prix primed for the round 11 sprint where they aim to compete for the leading satellite position once again. The pair, who finished inside the top ten after what was a tricky weekend at Spielberg, are eager to get back on track and fight as close as possible to the factory MotoGP bikes at Brno.

Pol Espargaro seeks to produce a notable ride at the Czech circuit in order to consolidate his World Championship standing of 8th, as he currently leads the race for the top independent rider in the rankings. The Spaniard completed the challenging Austrian GP in 10th yet fully intends to go one step beyond in Brno with his sights firmly set on clinching a top eight finish on Sunday afternoon.

Whilst Bradley Smith aims to hit the ground running and repeat his expert performance from last year where he ended the race in 7th position and as the fastest independent rider. The British star, who just missed out on the top satellite honours in Austria despite riding at a notable pace in the round ten event, remains fully focused and confident about battling for a strong result on Sunday.

Pol Espargaro

Championship: 8th, 78 points

"I am excited about heading to the Czech republic because the circuit is great fun to ride and it also means that there is not long to wait until I can get back on my Yamaha to do my best on the track. The Austria weekend was tough and we always knew it would be due to the nature of the track, so to end up in 10th was kind of a damage limitation even though I obviously want to complete the race much higher up. I think that the Brno circuit will suit the Yamaha much more than Austria and I am sure that we can score a more rewarding result there which will help my championship position as the standings are getting more competitive all the time. I felt very comfortable on my M1 in Germany and I expect to regain the same confidence in the Czech Republic in order to be straight on the pace on Friday. I am confident that we can have a better time in Brno, and I'm looking forward to fighting near the front on Sunday."

Bradley Smith

Championship: 14th, 42 points

"As racing is a huge part of my life, I am pleased that there won't be any waiting around and I'm happy that we are heading straight to the Czech Republic for the Brno GP so that I can get back on my Yamaha and go for a positive finish. I was disappointed to just miss out on the top satellite position in Austria but I am convinced that I will have my chance this Sunday. This year will be the 11th time that I've raced in the World Championship at Brno and the circuit will never get boring for me, especially with the first corner which is definitely special to experience. Traditionally, the Yamaha's have been strong at that track due to its high-speed corners and layout so I am confident that I can use Yamaha's corner speed to my advantage. I will give my all to clinch a solid result, which will give me a boost ahead of the following GP which is my home Grand Prix at Silverstone."

Hervé Poncharal - Team manager:

“There’s not much rest for us because we head straight to the Czech Republic for the 11th round of the Championship which we are all pleased about. Despite the challenging start, Brad and Pol closed the weekend in Austria positively but now we are ready to push for top eight results, if not higher at Brno. Pol is currently leading the satellite battle in the championship and has ridden impressively all year, so we expect him to be fighting as close as possible to the Factory MotoGP riders and we hope he can seal the top independent position on Sunday afternoon. As for Bradley, we expect the same. He has a busy couple of weeks ahead of him with five races on the bounce as he is competing in the 8 Hours of Oschersleben in between Brno and Silverstone. However, we know that this busy schedule will not affect him and he will do his best as always. Therefore, we are certain that he will be competing for a top finish, along with his teammate. We are looking forward to the arriving in Brno as there is always a fantastic crowd for the Czech GP so we will do our best to put on a good show for them.”

Brno, next stop for Avintia Racing

Breathless, the MotoGP paddock packed up to take the road and drive from Austria to Czech Republic for the eleventh round of the MotoGP World Championship, at Brno circuit this weekend. The Avintia Racing riders, Hector Barbera and Loris Baz head the Czech venue eager to get a good result. Hector wants to forget his mistake at the Austrian Grand Prix start with a great performance at Brno; while Baz wants to build his confidence after last weekend Red Bull Ring race, where he scored some valuable points. His aiming for a Top 10 result on Sunday’s 22-lap-race.

Brno is a technical 3.36 miles track and it features 14 corners and 15 metres width, constantly changes in elevation as it sweeps across forested hillsides and its fast undulating corners test rider talent to the limit. It’s also one of most popular of the calendar with 100,000 people crowds coming every year watch the races at the Czech venue.

Hector Barbera

“Brno is a track that I like, in my first season in 125cc I was battling for the podium, and I have more great memories. I’m in great shape now, I feel strong physically and mentally. I have great feeling with the bike and I work really good with my team. I’m full of confidence about our potential and I head Brno with high expectations. Last year we were fast in practice and qualifying, but we made the wrong tyre choice and we struggled at the end of the race. But every year I’m fast at Brno, so I’m confident ahead this weekend. I want to forget Austria with a great result on Sunday.”

Loris Baz

“I really like Brno, and I have good memories. I archived my first World Superbike podium there. I also love the place, the environment is amazing and is always full of fans, racing weekends are always good at Brno. Last year I won the Open Class ahead of Hector and Nicky (Hayden), and my race was quite good. I think that due to the track characteristics, the problems we had during the first half of the season will appear, but in the other hand, I think we’ll compensate, because it’s a fluid track and there are not many slow corners with hard accelerations. We have to keep the same line from Austria and build on that, I’m motivated and I have good feeling ahead this weekend.”

No Brno race for Jack Miller

Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS rider Jack Miller will not participate in this weekend's Czech Republic Grand Prix, after sustaining a back injury one week ago in Austria.

Miller was passed fit to ride by medical staff at the Brno circuit but in conjunction with HRC and the rider's management, the team took the decision to withdraw the Australian from this weekend's race to allow him more time to recover, not just from the back injury but also from the wrist fracture he sustained in the same crash.

Miller will return to action for the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

Michael Bartholemy: Team Principal

"Jack is a racer, so he obviously wanted to race after being passed fit today. However, after discussions with both HRC and Jack's management team, we have made the decision to withdraw him from the Czech Grand Prix. For us it's more important that he has more time to recover from the crash in Austria, because we want him back to full fitness as soon as possible. Our priority is to have a fully fit rider back on the bike and that's why we made this decision."


Fresh off the back of a demanding weekend at the first Austrian Grand Prix in 19 years, the LCR Honda Team get a chance to make amends straight away as they arrive at the Brno circuit for the Grand Prix of the Czech Republic.

Crutchlow was forced to take a ride-through penalty after a marginal decision that he had jumped the start in Austria. However, the British rider is a big fan of the flowing Brno layout and can be buoyed by the fact that he took the first podium of his MotoGP career here in 2012.

#35 Cal Crutchlow

“I’m excited to be racing at Brno, I feel that in the last few races we have got a lot stronger, especially during practice. Qualifying has been a bit of a disaster, but I feel good on the bike at the moment, and we know we are struggling in the acceleration areas. It’s not going to be the easiest race here with the drag up the hill and out of turn two the hill there, so I expect other bikes will have an advantage in this area but there are some long hard-braking zones too where the Honda should be stronger.”

“That’s what we hope anyway. I’m looking forward to racing as much as ever, it’s one of my favourite tracks, as it is for lots of the riders. We’re trying our best and the LCR Honda Team are doing a great job. I made a stupid mistake with the jump start in Austria, and I’ve apologised to them for that. Honda are working hard for us too and we hope to keep improving the bike for the end of the year and on into next year.”

MotoGP makes short trip from Austria to Czech Republic

Tuesday, 16 August 2016 07:13

Pull&Bear Aspar Team riders Eugene Laverty and Yonny Hernández relishing the early opportunity to put Austrian results behind them

The return of MotoGP after the summer break continues at a relentless pace this weekend as the Czech Republic GP follows just a few days after the last race in Austria. The teams only have a short journey to make from Spielberg to Brno, from a circuit that hadn't hosted the World Championship in almost two decades to one that has been a fixture on the calendar since 1987. The 30th anniversary of this event welcomes a MotoGP title battle that has featured five different winners from the last five races, with Jorge Lorenzo, Valentino Rossi, Jack Miller, Marc Márquez and Andrea Iannone having all topped the podium since Mugello. Another 22 laps of battle will decide the latest winner on Sunday, with Lorenzo and Rossi probably the most desperate to return to winning ways as they look to close the gap down to Márquez at the top of the standings. The Spaniard currently holds a 43-point lead over his compatriot, with the Italian some 57 points adrift.

Pull&Bear Aspar Team rider Eugene Laverty dropped out of the top ten in the championship after a final corner to forget in Austria, where he was knocked to the ground by Danilo Petrucci. However, the Irishman picked himself up to cross the line, the only rider other than Marc Márquez to have done so in every race this season, and he is determined to resume a points-scoring run that had been unbroken from the start of the season prior to Austria. Laverty admits he is concerned about the way his Ducati will handle the long corners at Brno although he is confident of recent improvements made in the test and race weekend in Austria. He is also still part of an intense battle to be the top Independent Team rider in MotoGP, with just twelve points separating three riders. Yonny Hernández's objective will be a return to the points, which he was denied by a jump-start in Austria. The Colombian is focusing on the good work done by his team in recent weeks and he is buoyed by good memories of Brno, where he was eleventh last season, a result he would love to repeat on Sunday.

Eugene Laverty: “Brno is a very flowing track, which worries me a little because it has some long corners where our Ducati seems to struggle the most this season but we made some big steps in between the test and the race in Austria. Confidence is a big thing in this sport and if we maintain the positive thinking from Austria and put the last two hundred metres of the Spielberg weekend behind us we can be competitive again at Brno.”

Yonny Hernández: “We are working in a positive direction but we haven't been able to consolidate it with a result, so hopefully we can come away from the Czech Republic GP with a good finish. Having back-to-back races in just seven days is positive because you are still in the flow from the last race. Brno suits the style of the Ducati and it has been good to me in past seasons, so hopefully I can back that up with a good race. We have had a difficult season so far but we are still confident we can do well at Brno.”

Michelin ready to take on the marvels of the Masaryk

Michelin will take the short journey from Austria across the border to the Czech Republic this week with the rest of the MotoGP™ field as they head to Brno for round 11 of the championship and the HJC Helmets Grand Prix České Republiky.

Following last weekend’s event at the new venue in Spielberg in Austria, the MotoGP field now returns to a more familiar circuit and one which has a history of producing close and exciting racing. The Brno track features long straights, fast and slow corners, big elevation changes and downhill braking sectors, all added to a medium level abrasive surface which gives a complete test to riders, machines and tyres. With such a complex number of factors, Michelin will supply tyres to cope with the stresses that will be placed upon the rubber, both from the stability needed for good braking and the grip required to power the bikes out of the corners. With six left turns and eight right-handers, the layout has a more symmetrical appearance than some of the recent tracks MotoGP has visited, but the extra rights and the speed of these turns means Michelin will supply asymmetric rears, both of which will have a harder right shoulder to combat the extra demands that will be generated around the circuit.

With the technical demands that will be faced, Michelin has a range of tyres designed to perform in all conditions and for all riders and machines. A selection of three front tyres in soft (identified by a white band), medium (no band) and hard (yellow band) will be available. These will be matched with two brand-new rear tyres that were first used at the Barcelona test and are aimed at providing the riders with increased traction. Available in soft (white band) and medium (no band), these rear MICHELIN Power Slicks will make their racing debut at Brno. The full range of MICHELIN Power Rain and Power Inter tyres will also be available to provide the best options for changeable or inclement weather.

The Automotodrom Brno, also known as the Masaryk Circuit, is situated in the south-east of the Czech Republic in the area of Kyvalka, about 20km from Brno city centre and 200km from the country’s capital Prague. Its position is in close proximity to many neighbouring countries such as Hungary, Slovakia and Poland, making Brno one of the best attended races of the season and a huge crowd is expected to gather around the hillsides of the natural amphitheatre that forms the setting for this beautiful circuit. The present 5,403m Brno Grand Prix circuit was built in 1987 and is located in woodland near to the old street circuit which originally staged road-racing events from its inception on the 1930’s right up until the end of 1986.

Michelin and the riders will take to the track on Friday 19th August for the first two free practice sessions, with another free practice the following morning. Saturday afternoon will see the all-important qualifying sessions where grid places will be decided for Sunday’s 22-lap race. The main event will get underway at 14.00hrs local time (13.00hrs BST, 12.00hrs GMT) on Sunday 21st August.

Piero Taramasso – Manager of the Two-Wheel Motorsport Group:

“The Brno circuit is certainly a big test for tyres, as it features just about every type of corner, a medium abrasiveness and lots of changes in elevations, with over 70 metres of difference from the lowest to the highest points on the track, so we need to have tyres that can cope with the stresses that are placed upon them. The front tyre needs to be very stable under braking and the rear has to have a high level of grip to give the best drive out of the corners. We did test at the circuit last year, but it rained so we don’t really have any valuable data – unless it’s wet! We have already come a long way this season with the development of our tyres so we think that with the information we have gained over the first 10 races of the season we are in a good position to supply the correct tyres for the circuit, despite the lack of dry testing that we had when we came here. The Brno event is always a special one on the calendar and attracts a huge crowd, but sometimes the weather can be very unpredictable, we just hope that this weekend stays dry and warm, unlike some of the recent races we’ve had.”

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