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Maverick Viñales at the 2018 Grand Prix of Czech Republic
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Into the East: time for Brno

Jul 312019

Few circuits sweep and turn like Brno. Even fewer have the deep history and connection with and location like the home of the Monster Energy Grand Prix de České republiky.

The howl of motorcycles and speed have reverberated around this zone of central Europe for a century and only one other place – Assen – has hosted more Grands Prix than the town of Brno. Why ‘town’? Prior to the creation of today’s permanent 5.4km motorsport facility in 1987, the Czechoslovakian Grand Prix was held on a course of more than 13km in length and along many of the public roads. The first edition was in 1965, the track was shortened in 1975 and was then considered too dangerous for bigger capacity bikes after 1977.

Ten years later the current Automotodrom was installed as the source of premium Grand Prix racing and the ‘pull’ for fans from countries neighbouring the Czech Republic and further afield. The 2019 show this weekend marks Brno’s half-centenary as a world championship host.

 

Brno is about braking, acceleration, flow and a wise choice of lines for prime overtaking. It has been the scene of some spectacular race action in the past and is the reason why fans home to the venue in droves, making the event one of the best attended of the calendar.

MotoGP’s latest instalment gets busy from Friday am with the very first Free Practice sessions and will stretch past the chequered flag on Sunday and into Monday. For the teams and riders post-Brno is the traditional first taste of the new machinery and ideas for the season-to-come; all those unmarked boxes and crates hidden in the paddock this week will be for the prime purpose of planning for the future while the current campaign forges ahead.

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