Marc VDS Racing Team colleagues Mika Kallio and Tito Rabat will continue their Moto2™ World Championship battle this weekend, with the Finn having closed the gap on the Spaniard to just seven points at Indianapolis.
Rabat has four wins and six podiums to his name already this year, but has finished eighth, fourth and fourth in his last three races, just as Kallio has hit form. That the main threat to his championship ascendancy comes from within his own team only makes the title battle more intriguing.
The experienced Kallio is on a run of three podium results and he produced a masterclass at Indianapolis having secured pole on Saturday. The former MotoGP™ class competitor raced away from the top of the grid not once, but twice, as the Indy Moto2 race was restarted, leading from start to finish in the shortened 16-lap contest. Kallio also won last year’s race at Brno and he will arrive at round 11 with his confidence high.
Behind the Marc VDS Racing Team pair in the standings is impressive rookie and Moto3™ World Champion Maverick Viñales, who has adapted rapidly to the intermediate class. Viñales is the subject of much speculation about a potential 2015 move into MotoGP and it is easy to see why given the form which has taken him to second place in three of the last four races.
Viñales’ Paginas Amarillas HP 40 colleague Luis Salom was the Moto3 race winner last year in Brno and he will be looking for a decent points haul on Sunday after race incidents hindered his progress at Indianapolis. Salom currently sits eighth in the standings.
On the podium again at round ten was the impressive Dominique Aegerter
(Technomag carXpert), with the Swiss rider sitting fourth overall in the championship as he heads to Brno, where he has not achieved great results in the past. Meanwhile the experienced Simone Corsi (NGM Forward Racing) still searches for his first Moto2 victory from fifth in the standings having recorded his seventh top five result of the year at the Brickyard.
With Alex de Angelis mavign back up to MotoGP for the rest of the season he will be replaced in Moto2 at Brno by Riccardo Russo in the TASCA RACING Moto2 team.