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Rossi and Lorenzo head for Czech showdown

Rossi and Lorenzo head for Czech showdown

Fresh from the Indianapolis race last weekend which delivered a double podium, the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP team now arrive at Brno for the bwin Grand Prix České republiky.

Valentino Rossi is in a confident mood after a strong performance in Indianapolis which saw him leading the race in the early laps and ultimately taking a third place podium finish.

The nine-time World Champion has a strong record in Brno, claiming a 125cc race win in 1996 (his first career victory), a 250cc win in 1999 and one 500cc victory in 2001. In the MotoGP™ era Rossi has also achieved premier class Brno victories in 2003, 2005, 2008 and 2009.

“I really like the Brno circuit. In the past I really had some good races although in the last couple of years I’ve not had a great performance there. In Czech Republic we will have to repeat what we did in Indianapolis; concentrate, study corner by corner in every practice and do the maximum to fight with Marc (Marquez) and Jorge (Lorenzo). It would be great to return to the podium there,” commented the Italian.

Jorge Lorenzo arrives in Brno with his confidence and fitness both back at peak levels. His performance in Indianapolis firmly re-established the four-time World Champion as a key protagonist with a second place finish on the podium.

Lorenzo also has a strong record at Brno, claiming one 125cc victory in 2004, two 250cc victories in 2006 and 2007 and a MotoGP win in 2010. Lorenzo missed out on victory by just 0.178s after a duel with Dani Pedrosa in 2012 and continued his Czech podium run with third place last year

The Spaniard commented, “I think Brno could be good for us like in Mugello or Montmelo. It will be difficult because Marc is pretty constant at all the tracks. We have improved a lot from Barcelona and we found some little things that permit us to be more constant and competitive as well. Physically already feel in good shape and I can keep a good pace during the race. Maybe in Brno with this bike we can fight for the win but to be more competitive in all the tracks we need more efforts to get some more tenths. Anyway I’m happy after the race at Indy and we will keep fighting until the end.”

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