MotoGP rider facts & stats Brno
>> Valentino Rossi scored his very first win in GP racing at Brno in 1996 in the 125cc class, after starting from pole for the first time in his GP career. From his nine starts in the premier-class at Brno, Rossi has had four wins and three second place finishes. The only two occasions he failed to finish on the podium was two years ago when he was seventh and in 2002 when he suffered rear tyre failure whilst battling for the lead with great rival Max Biaggi.
>> Jorge Lorenzo has an excellent record in the smaller classes at Brno with a win in the 125cc class in 2004 and followed by three successive podium finishes on a 250cc machine, including victories in 2006 and 2007. He also started from pole at Brno in each of his three years riding in the 250cc class. Last year he finished tenth after having a disastrous qualifying session when he missed the driest part of the session and his best lap was outside the cut-off time but he was allowed to start at the discretion of Race Direction.
>> Casey Stoner dominated the race at Brno in 2007 by qualifying on pole and leading from start to finish, finally winning by almost eight seconds. Last year he again dominated qualifying, ending up with more than a second advantage over the rest of the field and then led in the early laps before crashing out on lap seven.
>> Dani Pedrosa has won in both of the smaller classes at Brno; in the 125cc class in 2003 and on a 250cc machine in 2005. In his three years in the premier- class his only podium at the Czech GP was in 2006 from ninth on the grid. In 2007 he was fourth and last year he finished down in 15th suffering from grip problems with his Michelin tyres.
>> Colin Edwards has had less success at the Brno circuit, being one of just four where he has not had a top six finish in his Grand Prix career; the others are Misano, Indianapolis and Sepang. Edwards’ second place finish at Donington was his best result since he finished second at the same circuit two years previously.circuits, being one of just four where he has not had a top six finish in his Grand Prix career; the others are Misano, Indianapolis and Sepang. Edwards’ second place finish at Donington was his best result since he finished second at the same circuit two years previously.
>> Andrea Dovizioso has finished second at Brno on three occasions in the smaller classes – on each occasion behind Jorge Lorenzo. He finished 9th on his first ride at Brno on a MotoGP machine last year – the first rider across the line using Michelin tyres.
>> Marco Melandri made his GP debut at the Czech GP in 1997 shortly after his 15th birthday to become the youngest ever rider to compete in a Grand Prix at that time. Melandri is a three-time winner at Brno in the smaller classes; the 125cc race in both 1998 and 1999 and the 250cc race in 2002. Melandri did not start at Brno in 2007 due to injuries he had received in a crash at the previous event at Laguna Seca. Last year he finished 7th at the Czech GP, which was his second best result of 2008.
>> Randy de Puniet won the 250cc race at Brno back in 2003. In 2007 he finished eighth in the MotoGP race at Brno – the first of the Kawasaki riders to cross the line. Last year he crashed on lap six and then remounted to finish 16th and last, just 2 seconds behind Pedrosa.
>> Chris Vermeulen finished in fifth at Brno in 2007, after getting boxed in at the start and finishing the first lap down in tenth. Last year he was sixth at Brno after running as high as second on laps seven and eight.
>> Loris Capirossi will be making his 19th appearance at a Grand Prix eve nt at Brno across the three classes. Capirossi has finished in the top six ten times from his eleven races in the premier-class at Brno, which includes a victory in 2006 and three other podium finishes.
>> Alex de Angelis has had a single podium finish at Brno when competing in the smaller GP classes – third in the 125cc race in 2003. He finished in 8th place last year on his first ride at Brno on a MotoGP machine after starting in 5th place on the grid – his best ever qualifying result in the big class. De Angelis’ fourth place finish at Donington equals his best ever result since moving up to the MotoGP class.
>> James Toseland’s sixth place finish at Donington is the best result in the premierclass by a British rider at the British Grand Prix since the introduction of the 4-stroke MotoGP class in 2002. Toseland was 13th last year on his first race at Brno on a MotoGP machine after Race Direction had given him permission to ride in spite of being outside the cut-off qualifying time.
>> Nicky Hayden’s third place in 2007 was his first podium finish at the Brno circuit. Last year he missed the event having cracked his right heel practising on a Supermoto machine.
>> Toni Elias qualified in 13th place at Brno last year and then went on to finish second, which was his best result of the year. Elias won the 125cc GP at Brno back in 2001 but before last year had never previously finished in the top ten at the circuit on a MotoGP machine.
>> Mika Kallio has been on the podium three times at Brno riding in the smaller classes.