Red Bull KTM Ajo arrive at Brno with series lead and positive feeling21/08/2013
The Moto3 World Championship continues this weekend with a return to Europe, at Brno in the Czech Republic. This Grand Prix will be the first of four races held in the continent, before a three-round visit to Asia. The Red Bull KTM Ajo team come into this race with Luis Salom leading the Moto3 overall standings –despite injuring his left foot last weekend– and Arthur Sissis and Zulfahmi Khairuddin satisfied with the work done carried out the summer break.
After nine Grands Prix, Luis Salom heads to Brno in the lead of the Moto3 class with 183 points. He holds an advantage of 9 points over rival Maverick Viñales and, even though he suffered a severe sprain to his left foot which forced him to ride under the influence of painkilling injections at Indianapolis, he will attempt to get back on the podium this weekend. He has placed on the rostrum eighth times this season and did so last year at Brno with second place.
Zulfahmi Khairuddin and Arthur Sissis are tied on 49 points in seventh place in the overall standings. The Malaysian rider was back in the points last weekend, after two zeros at the pair of races prior to the summer break. Last season he failed to finish at Brno, in a race that he had started from the front row. In both of his other two appearances in the Czech Republic, he has scored points.
Arthur Sissis achieved the best qualifying position of his Grand Prix career at Indianapolis with sixth place, and his best finish of the year with the same position. He temporarily lead the Grand Prix, in a positive development. The Red Bull KTM Ajo rider has put together a run of four top ten finishes for the first time in his career, and finished fourteenth last season at Brno in his rookie year.
Circuit information – Brno
Length: 5.403 m / 3.357 miles
Width: 15 metres
Left corners: 6
Right corners: 8
Longest straight: 636 m / 0.395 miles
“We are trying to work hard and take care of my left foot in order to come into this weekend in the best possible condition. I am still hurting, but I hope that this gradually improves. I know that I will not be at 100%, but we will try to be as strong as possible on Sunday. I like Brno and have always gone well there, but it will be difficult this time out with this handicap.”
“I really like this track. It is one of my favourites on the calendar, so I hope to do well. It is a wide, really fast track that I can’t wait to ride at again. After the good weekend that we had at Indianapolis, I hope to be able to continue in the same way and continue improving day-by-day.”
“Brno is one of my favourite circuits. In the last three years the races have been good for me at Brno, despite me not finishing the most recent one. This is a complete track, which I hink suits my riding style. I hope to repeat my performance and feeling from last weekend at Indianapolis. We will try to do a good job from Friday on and place amongst the top ten. However, the most important thing is to be focused on giving 120% every lap.”