moto3 / Joan Mir heads to Brno with championship lead as the season turns
The Majorcan and his team-mate Livio Loi are ready and determined for the Grand Prix České republiky, the tenth round of the 2017 Moto3 World Championship, resumed after the long summer break.
Finally it’s here! The wait is over! After more than a month, the MotoGP World Championship circus is set to reopen with all the riders ready and anxious to put their wheels back on track. The Leopard Racing Team are ready to resume where they left off: from 2 July at the Sachsenring, where he celebrated his fifth win in nine races, Joan Mir is ready to fight once again to increase his lead in the championship.
The fastest rider, but also the most consistent, the 19-year-old from Palma de Mallorca currently has a personal score of 165 points (already exceeding his 144-point threshold reached throughout the 2016 season), with a gap of 37 points from his pursuers. The result of unrivalled consistency and superb technical assistance from his team, wisely led by Christian Lundberg, have allowed him to be the only Moto3 rider to have completed all the races to date.
The 2017 season is now booming and restarts from the Brno Automotodrom, the classic European host of the tenth round: the modern track is 5.4 km, with 6 corners to the left and 8 rights. Popular with both fans and riders, the new circuit was built around a natural bowl, offering spectators an excellent view as well as producing a dramatic and beloved race track. Brno constantly changes in elevation as it sweeps across the forested hillsides and its fast undulating corners test rider talent and engineering to the limit.
The tradition of motorcycle racing in Brno dates back to 1930 on the so-called ‘City Circuit’. The first Czechoslovakian Grand Prix was held in Brno in 1965, with the 500cc class racing over thirteen laps of the original 13.94 km long road circuit. The current circuit was first used for GP racing in 1987 and hosted the Czechoslovakian GP until 1991. In 1993, the Grand Prix of the Czech Republic was born and Brno has been host to it ever since. In fact, the only venue to have hosted more Grand Prix events than Brno is Assen.
Livio Loi is looking to make up for lost ground in the second half of the season after a confidence raising ride in Germany when he recovered to seventh. The Belgian has always run well in Brno and in 2016 he managed to finish in the points. The goal is to raise his game and aim at the Top 10 … or even higher!
Moto3™ Schedule (Local Time, GMT +2):
Friday, August 4th:
09:00-09:40 – FP1
13:10-13:50 – FP2
Saturday, August 5th:
09:00-09:40 – FP3
12:35-13:15 – QP
Sunday, August 6th:
08:40-09:00 – WarmUp
11:00 (19 Laps) – Race
Moto3™ World Standing 2017:
1 – Joan MIR 165
2 – Romano Fenati 128
3 – Aron Canet 110
4 – Jorge Martin 89
17 – Livio LOI 24