No rest for Marc VDS as the championship battle moves on to Brno
Just hours after wrapping up a successful weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Scott Redding and Mika Kallio were on their way back across the Atlantic, bound for the Czech Republic and the Automotodrom Brno, venue for this weekend’s tenth round of the Moto2 World Championship.
Redding arrives at Brno having gone more than one win clear at the top of the Moto2 World Championship standings, which he now leads by 26 points after a hard fought third place finish last time out in Indianapolis. The 20-year-old Briton heads to the Czech Republic on a wave of confidence looking to extend his championship lead even further this weekend.
Kallio endured a difficult weekend in Indianapolis, but fought back superbly in Sunday’s race to take seventh at the chequered flag. The 30-year-old Finn is currently fifth in the championship standings, but is keen to close the 23-point gap to Tito Rabat in third this weekend, at a track that he counts as one of his favourites and where he’s finished on the podium three times in the past.
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.
Scott Redding #45:
“I had time for dinner, some sleep and a trip to the gym then it was back on a plane for the Czech Republic and Brno, for the second of three races on three consecutive weekends. I quite like the Brno circuit and I was fast there last year, but made a mistake in the race and crashed out at turn two. I had a good weekend in Indianapolis and we need to keep the same rhythm, keep trying to improve and bring home the points. In the last two races there have been some tyre issues for a lot of the riders, which cost me positions and points, so hopefully we won’t have a repeat this weekend at Brno.”
Mika Kallio #36:
“I like the Brno track a lot. It’s one of my favourite circuits on the Grand Prix calendar and one at which I’ve enjoyed some good results in the past. Indianapolis didn’t quite go according to plan, but I managed to fight back to seventh right at the end and I’m confident that I can be more competitive this weekend at Brno. At Indy the grip was both hard to find and unpredictable, whereas there’s an abundance of very predictable grip at Brno, which better suits my riding style. It will be interesting to see what impact the change in available grip has on the timesheets this weekend.”