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A brief history of Brno

A brief history of Brno

A review of some of the most notable milestones achieved at Brno, including stats and figures for races held at the original road version of the Czech Republic track.

The current Brno circuit was first used for Grand Prix racing in 1987, built to replace the original road circuit that had become too dangerous for world championship racing. Below are some facts and figures from the 38 previous Grand Prix events held at Brno:

- This year will be the 39th time a Grand Prix meeting has been held at Brno, originally as the Czechoslovakian GP and since 1993 as the GP of the Czech Republic.

- The first Grand Prix event at Brno was held in 1965 on the original 13.94 km long road circuit. Three MotoGP Legends won races that first year; nine-time World Champion Mike Hailwood won the 500cc race on a MV-Agusta, six-time titlist Jim Redman won the 350cc race on a Honda and seven-time World Champion Phil Read crossed the line first in the 250cc race on a Yamaha.

- In 1966 Hailwood won three Grand Prix races in one day; the 500cc, 350cc and 250cc races were all won by the Briton on Honda machinery. The combined race distance of these three races was 460 km, which was covered in total a time of 2 hours 55 minutes and 53 seconds.

- Another MotoGP Legend, Giacomo Agostini was the most successful rider on the old Brno road circuit with a total of seven victories -including four in the premier-class.

-Johnny Cecotto, riding a Yamaha, won the last premier-class race held on the road circuit at Brno in 1977. The circuit, which had been reduced in length to 10.92 km, was subsequently considered too dangerous for the large capacity machines.

- The smaller capacity machines continued to compete in Grand Prix races on the Brno road circuit until 1982, before it was finally completely removed from the Grand Prix calendar for safety reasons.

- The current circuit was first used for Grand Prix racing in 1987 and has been used every year since with the exception of 1992. This will be the 21st time that the current circuit has hosted a Grand Prix event.

- Max Biaggi is the most successful rider at the current Brno circuit, having won the 250cc race on four occasions and the premier-class competition three times. Valentino Rossi is the second most successful at the circuit with five victories; 1 x 125cc, 1 x 250cc and 3 x premier-class.

- Honda riders have won the premier-class race at the current Brno circuit on ten occasions.Yamaha are the second most successful with seven triumphs, and Suzuki have a solitary victory with Kevin Schwantz in 1989. Ducati riders have won for the past two years.

John Hopkins´ second place finish in the Czech Republic last year was the first time that a rider has finished on the podium at Brno riding the Suzuki four-stroke MotoGP machine.


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