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Hanika: “It is the event I await most eagerly every year”

Hanika: “It is the event I await most eagerly every year”

A chance to race in front of his home fans has Hanika chomping at the bit for the bwin Grand Prix České republiky.

A strong run in recent rounds has seen Karel Hanika (Red Bull KTM Ajo) emerge as a strong qualifier, able to take two front row starts in the last three races. Hanika will be eager to carry this form on to his home round at the Grand Prix of the Czech Republic this weekend. Brno has seen Hanika take wins in the past, including in the Red Bull Rookies cup back in 2013.

Indianapolis was a tricky weekend for all of the Moto3™ World Championship riders due to the unique weather situations, Hanika able to salvage 12th at the end. Attention is now squarely focused on Brno where Hanika hopes to become the first Czech rider to finish on the podium since Lukas Pesek finished third in the 125cc class in 2007.

Karel Hanika: “Brno is my home Grand Prix, because I live just 10km from the circuit. It is the event I await most eagerly every year. It is the track where I grew up and started riding, as well as on the minimoto circuit that is beside it. Last year the race was interesting because we were 15th and just 1.8 seconds behind the winner, so we were very close to the top positions. I hope it's like that this year. If we find a good setup and do those things well in practice, I think we can get a positive result. I'm sure I'm going to have fun, because many fans will come and hopefully they will encourage me. If I had to highlight one area of the circuit it would be Stadion, which is a spectacular sector."

Moto3, 2015, bwin GRAND PRIX ČESKÉ REPUBLIKY, Karel Hanika, Red Bull KTM Ajo

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