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Championship race back on as Brno summons MotoGP™

Championship race back on as Brno summons MotoGP™

The MotoGP™ grid has less than a week to regroup before the bwin Grand Prix Ceské Republiky this weekend, where the premier class will be contesting the popular Czech track for championship positions for the 43rd time.

The competition was blown wide open once again after Repsol Honda Team’s Dani Pedrosa recorded a stunning victory in Indianapolis to close the gap to championship leader, Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo, to a mere 18 points. Pedrosa, who is the only rider to have scored points in every race this season, will be looking to dispel memories of his last outing at the track, where he crashed out of the lead half way through the race. Lorenzo, who has not placed lower than second this season, will be hoping to be on the pace, in a bid to extend the gap over his compatriot.

Pedrosa’s teammate Casey Stoner, who fought his way to fourth last weekend despite a fracture and torn ligaments in his right ankle, will find it tough to repeat his win at Brno from last year. Yet, the Australian never one to give up, will no doubt be quick from the off. Lurking close by will be top satellite performer Andrea Dovizioso on board his Monster Yamaha Tech 3 bike, who has been in impressive form this season, taking five podiums so far. His closest challenger and teammate Cal Crutchlow will hope to turn around his fortunes in the Czech Republic, as he looks to make amends for his DNF last time out.

Another satellite battle to keep an eye on will be that of LCR Honda MotoGP’s Stefan Bradl and San Carlo Honda Gresini’s Álvaro Bautista, who are now only separated in the championship table by two points. Bautista, who got the upper hand in Indianapolis, crashed out of last year’s Brno race, and will be trying his upmost to get a good result this time around. Ducati Team’s Valentino Rossi, who has won at the Czech circuit a total of six times, will aim to put his Desmosedici further up the field after struggling with rear grip issues in the U.S. His teammate Nicky Hayden, who suffered fractures in his right hand and a concussion in a big crash, will not race this weekend and will not be replaced by the team.

Yamaha’s Ben Spies, who once again suffered wretched luck when his engine blew whilst in second place in Indy, will be thinking that his time for some good fortune should come soon. Last year he finished fifth in Brno, which is no doubt a result the American would settle for right now. Pramac Racing Team’s Héctor Barberá, who suffered a fracture to his no.6 vertebra during practice at the Brickyard, will be replaced by stand-in rider Toni Elías, as he has been the last two races. Someone who has been getting back to full fitness is local rider Karel Abraham with his Cardion AB Racing team. He will no doubt look to put on a good show for his home fans and kick-start his season with a good result.

Amongst the CRT riders, Avintia Blusens’ Yonny Hernandez and his teammate Iván Silva will be ones to watch, after a surge in performance at the last round. Their biggest rivals will remain the Power Electronics Aspar duo of Randy de Puniet and Aleix Espargaró, who continue to lead the CRT standings. They will be joined on the grid once again be San Carlo’s Michele Pirro, Speed Master’s Mattia Pasini, Came IodaRacing Project’s Danilo Petrucci, NGM Mobile Forward Racing’s Colin Edwards and Paul Bird Motorsport’s James Ellison.

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MotoGP, 2012, bwin GRAND PRIX ČESKÉ REPUBLIKY

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