For different reasons, the Yamaha Sterilgarda World Superbike riders Cal Crutchlow and James Toseland are looking to get back into the top finishing positions at Brno this weekend.
Each tested at Imola after the Misano round, like many of their motorcycle racing peers, with Crutchlow fastest of all.
Crutchlow is out to take the kind of result that eluded him on his only previous visit, in the Supersport class, while Toseland is looking forward to revisiting another track that he has won at in his previous WSB career, and believes this one will be a good venue for him.
For Toseland, there is one major obstacle in the way for all riders this WSBK weekend, a rider who has won at Brno in almost every imaginable class and form of racing – Max Biaggi.
James Toseland says: “I’m looking forward to the weekend,” said the double World SBK Champion. “Brno is a track I’ve always had good results on. Everyone knows its Max Biaggi’s favourite circuit so it’s going to be difficult for everyone here as it’s probably going to be a strong weekend for Aprilia. Having said that, we worked hard at last week’s test in Imola so I’m looking forward to getting out on the track on Friday to see where we stand.”
For Crutchlow, the 2009 Supersport World Champion, Brno was a road race he should have won, but for some unexpected bad luck.
Cal Crutchlow says: “I’ve got unfinished business at Brno,” said the other English rider. “I had a really strong qualifying there in Supersport last year and was only two laps from winning the race when an unfortunate mechanical issue forced retirement. I love the track; it’s fast and flowing and should suit our bike really well.”