News 3 Aug 2018

Rossi not relying on former pace as Czech grand prix looms

Factory Yamaha ace hopeful of season-first victory this weekend.

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Multi-time MotoGP world champion Valentino Rossi says he isn’t relying on former pace at the Brno circuit that will host round 10 of the prestigious series this weekend in the Czech Republic.

Rossi, who holds down second in the championship standings, was fourth in last year’s Czech grand prix and displayed competitive pace, although he acknowledges the unpredictability of MotoGP racing as he endeavours to secure his first victory of the season.

“Brno is a great track,” says Rossi. “Last year I was fast, but with MotoGP you never know. We’ll just have to see what happens. On Monday we’ll also have an extra day of testing at this circuit, which will be important.

“It’s going to be a busy couple of weeks, especially now that we have two GPs in a row. It will be crucial for the championship and also for Yamaha that we’ll do some good races here and in Austria. We want to secure our first race win of the season.”

The Italian ace has scored five premier class victories at the venue amongst a host of podium finishes, his most recent triumph at the Brno circuit coming in 2009.