Czech Republic GP, Brno: Repsol Honda Team Preview

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After a well-deserved break, this week the Continental Circus resumes the action on European soil. The Repsol riders go back to work with new energy and will look for new victories during the second half of the season. In the premiere category, the Repsol Honda Team reaches the technical track of Brno leading the championship and with three of the top four positions of the overall standings. Marc Márquez —second of the Moto2 World Championship—, will try to keep the good level shown in previous races and recovering points with reference to Bradl.

The leader of the MotoGP World Championship, Casey Stoner, used the summer break to rest and recover from the intense period of the World Championship they just had: six Grand Prix in eight weeks. The Australian arrives to the Czech Republic with the aim to keep the level shown in Laguna Seca, a race where the Repsol rider had to be patient and smart to wait for the perfect moment to overtake his rivals and cross the finish line in first position. He finished almost six seconds ahead of Jorge Lorenzo, which is also 20 points behind him in the overall standings.

After his third position in Laguna Seca, Dani Pedrosa started two weeks of holidays with the only aim to relax and recover his strength to keep setting good times and be able to sign results such as the ones he had in Germany and the US —first and third—. The Spaniard of the Repsol Honda Team will try to be again on the highest step of the podium at the Czech Republic, a track where he has been about to take victory twice —second in 2009 and 2010—. Since he returned after his injury, Pedrosa climbed to the fourth position of the World Championship, just behind his team mate at the Repsol Honda Team, Andrea Dovizioso.

The Italian was very consistent since the beginning of the season, achieving four podium positions in the first eight races —3 seconds and 1 third— which placed him in the third position of the overall standings. The Repsol rider arrives in Brno with the objective to keep advancing in the World Championship, start from a good grid position, be in the top group on Sunday and fight for his first victory of the season.

Casey’s View…

“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 [Lorenzo] 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”.