Rossi currently lies in second place in the championship standings and starts the tenth MotoGP round filled with determination to decrease the 46-point gap to first place. Having secured second place in the previous race at the Sachsenring, he is aiming for one step higher this weekend and – as he holds a stunning record at this track – the odds are in his favour.
Generally speaking, Brno is a good track for the nine-time World Champion. He secured his first ever 125cc win at the Czech Republic track in 1996. This was followed by a 250cc win in 1999, a 500cc victory in 2001 and modern era premier class Brno victories in 2003, 2005, 2008 and 2009, and multiple podium finishes.
Teammate Viñales arrives in Brno with good confidence after his great third place at the Sachsenring, that earned the Yamaha Factory team a double podium. He hasn’t been sitting still over the last few weeks, as he is fully aware that the upcoming round will be crucial for him to climb up from third place in the championship standings.
Last year, the youngster stood on the podium after securing third place, his best MotoGP score there in the MotoGP class. He also graced the rostrum once before in 2013 in the lower classes, having secured second place in the Moto3 race.
The first GP event in Brno was held in 1930. Racers would ride through the villages and western parts of the city on a road track, until the new circuit was built during the ’80s. The Brno track hosted its first FIM Czech Grand Prix in 1987 and became popular with both fans and riders thanks to its great atmosphere and location. The natural bowl in which the circuit is situated offers spectators an excellent view and provides changes in elevation and fast corners, testing the riders’ and engineers’ talents to the limit.