Loi on the hunt for points as Danilo returns at Brno
Livio Loi heads to the tenth round of the Moto3 World Championship at Brno looking for more World Championship points, while Jules Danilo is keen to showcase his talents aboard the Kalex-KTM, as he returns for his second wildcard appearance of the season with the Marc VDS Racing Team.
Indianapolis may have been a new circuit for Loi, but that didn’t stop the 16-year-old Belgian from putting in his best performance of the season so far. After qualifying in 11th position on the grid, his best yet aboard the Kalex-KTM, Loi went on to collect two more World Championship points in the race with a 14th place finish. The Marc VDS rider heads to Brno with his confidence restored and with his sights set firmly on the top ten, both in qualifying and the race.
Brno will mark Danilo’s second appearance for the Marc VDS Racing Team, having already contested his home race at Le Mans earlier in the year. The 18-year-old Frenchman heads to Brno with far more Grand Prix experience under his belt this time around though, having stood in for the injured Danny Webb at Ambrogio Racing for both the Sachsenring and Indianapolis rounds.
It promises to be a busy weekend for Danilo in the Czech Republic. Not only must the Frenchman adapt once again to riding the Kalex-KTM after two races on a Suter Honda, he’ll also face learning his way around the 5.403km Brno circuit, having never raced there previously.
Located 200 kilometres southeast of the Czech capitol, Prague, the current Brno circuit was constructed in 1987. Before that, Grand Prix races were held on a public roads circuit, with literally hundreds of thousands of Czech motorcycle racing fans turning out to watch from the roadside.
While the crowd for this weekend is likely to somewhat smaller, the enthusiasm of the present day Czech race fans can be relied upon to easily match that of their predecessors from the 1970s.
Livio Loi: #11
“Indianapolis was the best weekend so far for me in the Moto3 World Championship, at a track I only saw for the first time on Thursday. Brno will be different this weekend because it’s a circuit I know, having raced to a win and a podium finish in the two Rookies Cup races there last season. Only a mistake early in the Indianapolis race cost me a top ten finish, so we know a top ten finish is a realistic goal at Brno this weekend.”
Jules Danilo: #95
“Sachsenring and Indianapolis were two hard races, as it was difficult for me to adapt to the Suter Honda. It was good experience, but I’m excited to be back aboard the Kalex-KTM this weekend, as it suits my riding style better and it’s also more competitive. I don’t know the Brno circuit; I’ve ridden around it but never raced there, so the first priority on Friday will be to learn my way around the track while reacquainting myself with the bike. I’ll be on a steep learning curve this weekend, but my goal is to show my potential and to finish inside the top 25 in the race on Sunday. If I can do that, then I’ll be happy.”