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Straight back to Europe for Brno battle

Straight back to Europe for Brno battle

Following a great race in Indianapolis the MotoGP™ grid have packed their bags and are heading straight to Brno to contest this weekend’s bwin Grand Prix České republiky.

Given the tremendous form Repsol Honda’s championship leading rookie Marc Marquez is in after another sensational win at Indy on Sunday, all eyes will be on the Spanish youngster once more as he takes to the popular Czech circuit for the first time on a MotoGP™ bike.

His teammate and main rival in the title race, Dani Pedrosa, is one week further into the healing process from his broken collarbone sustained in Germany.

Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo, also recuperating well, will hope to get back to winning ways at the fast and flowing track. He may be helped by the mid-summer test he and teammate Valentino Rossi carried out at the Brno track a few weeks ago.

Rossi will aim to have a better weekend than last at the circuit where he took his first ever world championship win, whilst Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Cal Crutchlow will be buoyed by the fact that he took his first GP podium there last year.

GO&FUN Honda Gresini’s Alvaro Bautista’s current form sees him heading into the race with optimism, whilst LCR Honda MotoGP’s Stefan Bradl will look to get back to the pace that saw him take his first podium in Laguna Seca last month.

Tech 3’s Bradley Smith showed great glimpses of form in Indianapolis, going as high as fourth at one point in the race, giving him confidence to once again battle it out with Ducati Team’s Nicky Hayden and Andrea Dovizioso, who had a spectacular coming together at the final corner last time out.

Ignite Pramac Racing will be without the injured Ben Spies, who will be replaced by Ducati Team test rider Michele Pirro, alongside Energy T.I. Pramac Racing’s Andrea Iannone. Heading up the CRTs will once again be Power Electronics Aspar’s Aleix Espargaro, who continues to impress on board the ART, whilst his teammate Randy de Puniet will be looking to make up for the disappointment of having to retire from the last race.

NGM Mobile Forward Racing’s Colin Edwards will be another one to watch closely, whilst Cardion AB Motoracing’s Karel Abraham should be back in action in front of his home fans after missing Indianapolis through injury. The rest of the CRT grid will be joined by wildcard Martin Bauer with the Remus Racing Team on a Suter BMW machine – the first time an Austrian squad will compete in the premier-class.


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