After a three-week break, the 2011 MotoGP Championship convenes this weekend at Brno for the Czech Republic Grand Prix.
Leading the series after 10 of 18 MotoGP races is Repsol Honda’s Casey Stoner; the Australian has a 20-point lead over the reining Champion, Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo.
The penalties for an infringment of article 2.3.6 (Engine durability in MotoGP: a maximum of 5 engines may be used by each rider for the final 7 scheduled races of the season, that is from and including the Czech Grand Prix until the end of the season) are:
- The rider will start the race from the back of the grid
- The constructor will have 10 points deducted from its championship classification
Fresh off winning the Czech Grand Prix in Brno earlier this month, Nicolas "Nico" Terol and his Blackstone Tek (BST) wheel-equipped Aprilia come to America second in the FIM 125cc Grand Prix standings.
Terol, a 5’6", 127 lb. Spaniard who celebrates his 21st birthday today, persevered through a torrential rain storm at last year’s inaugural Red Bull Indianapolis GP to score his first grand prix win by 1.7 seconds. Riding the number 18 Jack & Jones WRB entry, he went on to turn his first podiums and race victory into a fifth-place championship performance.
2013 – Dani Pedrosa’s ninth place finish at Donington took his career points total to 2013 making him the Spanish rider who has taken most points in his GP career, just a single point more than Alex Criville.
159 – Valentino Rossi and Giacomo Agostini are the two riders with most podium finishes across all classes of Grand Prix racing each having stood on the podium on 159 occasions.
This year’s Czech Grand Prix will be the 40th to be held at Brno. Below is a brief history of Grand Prix racing at this famous venue. Only two other venues have hosted more Grand Prix events than Brno: Assen in The Netherlands, which has hosted an event in each of the 61 years of the motorcycling world championship, and Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium which hosted 40 Grand Prix events, the last of which was 1990. Known originally as the Czechoslovakian Grand Prix, the opening event was held at Brno in 1965 on the original 13.94 km long road circuit.