Following an at times thrilling race in Indianapolis last weekend, MotoGP is heading straight to Brno in the Czech Republic this Sunday.
And, given the tremendous form shown by Honda’s championship-leading rookie Marc Marquez in his sensational win at the Brickyard, 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 team mate and main rival in the title race, Dani Pedrosa, also put in a great showing to finish second at Indianapolis and will be one week further into the healing process from his broken collarbone sustained in Germany.
Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo, also recuperating well after a similar injury, will hope to get back to winning ways at the fast and flowing Brno track after finishing third last weekend, which might be helped by the mid-summer test he and team mate Valentino Rossi carried out there a few weeks ago.
Rossi had a stunning ride to fourth place at Indianapolis after starting a lowly ninth on a circuit that isn’t one of his favourites, and the Italian legend is hoping to be among the leaders at Brno right from the start. Ignite Pramac Racing will be without the injured Ben Spies, MotoGP’s unluckiest rider, who dislocated his shoulder in practice at Indianpolis after making a long-awaited comeback following seven races off with injury. He will be replaced by Ducati factory test rider Michele Pirro. - Star Motoring
World Championship Standings
1 Marc Marquez (Spain) Honda - 188 points
2 Dani Pedrosa (Spain) Honda - 167
3 Jorge Lorenzo, (Spain) Yamaha - 153
4 Valentino Rossi (Italy) Yamaha - 130
5 Cal Crutchlow (Britain) Yamaha - 127