MotoGP, Brno: Rossi challenges both Marquez and Biaggi

Past and present on the Czech track for the Doctor, who holds the same number of wins as the Corsair, both at seven


The holidays are now a distant memory, and the engines of the World Championship will be back on Friday on the Brno track. It'll be the first round after the summer break and, consequently, everyone is waiting to figure out what the actual numbers will be in the field. Here are some facts on the Czech World Championship.

- It will be the 50th time in history that the World Championship will be racing on the Czech track in Brno. Only Assen has welcomed more Grand Prixs, precisely 71. The first GP was disputed in 1965, when Mike Hailwood won riding the MV Agusta in 1 hour 11 min 23 seconds and two tenths of a second. In those years, the track was a good 13.94 km long.

- In 1975, it was then shortened to 10.92 km for safety reasons. The Brno circuit was the last road circuit in the MotoGP calendar, and Ceccotto won the last edition on the Yamaha. Due to safety issues, the track was removed from the calendar in 1982 and then added again in 1987. From that year on, it was always included, except in 1992 when the dissolution of Czechoslovakiaoccurred.

- This year will be the 32nd consecutive time that the track will host the Czech Republic GP. Following the changes made to the track, it now measures 5.403 km.

- A total of 162 races to date we disputed: MotoGP -17, 500cc -25, 350cc -17, Moto2 -9, 250cc -40, Moto3 -7, 125cc -38, 80cc -3, 50cc -6.

- It might seem strange, but the most successful riders in Brno have been Max Biaggi and Valentino Rossi, with seven wins each: Max Biaggi (4 x 250cc, 2 x 500cc, 1 x MotoGP) and Valentino Rossi (1 x 125cc, 1 x 250cc, 1 x 500cc, 4 x MotoGP).

- The record of successes with regard to teams belongs to Honda with 18 wins, the last in 2017, thanks to a super Marc Marquez.

- Yamaha has won 12 victories in the premier class in Brno, with six in MotoGP since 2002 with Max Biaggi (1), Valentino Rossi (3), and Jorge Lorenzo (2).

- Ducati has instead reached three wins in the MotoGP on the Brno circuit, with Loris Capirossi in 2006, Casey Stoner in 2007, and Andrea Dovizioso last year, ahead of Jorge Lorenzo. That was the sixth double win for Ducati in the history of the premier class.

- The latest win for Suzuki in Brno dates back to the 500cc class in 1989 with Kevin Schwantz, while the best result for an Aprilia rider in Brno was A. Espargarò's eighth place in 2017.



Translated by Leila Myftija

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