Ducati Team returns to Europe for Czech Republic GP

Ducati Team

21 August 2013
With the first round of a tripleheader behind them, the Ducati Team heads straight from Indianapolis to the Czech Republic for the eleventh round of the MotoGP championship, set to take place at the Brno Circuit this Sunday.
Constructed in the mid-’80s, the track presents a formidable challenge for the teams and riders, as it features a diverse collection of corner types and a number of climbs and descents. Fast, flowing, and wide, it is among the most popular circuits on the calendar.
Each of the Ducati Team riders has posted a premier-class podium finish at the Czech Republic GP, Andrea Dovizioso earning a runner-up result in 2011, and his American teammate Nicky Hayden finishing third in 2007. The Italian has also earned three runner-up finishes in the 125 and 250cc divisions.
Andrea Dovizioso – Ducati Team
“Brno is a circuit that’s really nice and quite challenging. The track is very different from Indianapolis, and it will be interesting to see how my Ducati goes there. I like the up-and-down layout, and and I’m happy to go straight there for another race after Indianapolis. Still, although I’ve had some podiums there in the past, it’s not one of my favourite circuits.”
Nicky Hayden – Ducati Team
“I missed Brno last year with an injury, but it’s one of the best tracks in the championship. It’s very open and fast, and I like it a lot. We’re in a busy stretch coming off Indy, but it’s no secret that I like racing, so I enjoy back-to-back races. I expect a challenging weekend in the Czech Republic, but as always, we look forward to doing our best.”
Vittoriano Guareschi – Team Manager
“After Indianapolis, we go straight to Brno, a circuit that has quite a bit of elevation change and is similar to Mugello in some ways. After the race in Indianapolis, we know that our riders are both very motivated! Brno is a track that we know quite well, and it will be important for us to start working well immediately, beginning on Friday morning.”
Brno Circuit Records
Circuit Record: Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha – 2009), 1:56.670 – 166.716 Km/h (103.593 mph)
Best Pole: Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha – 2012), 1:55.799 – 167.970 Km/h (104.372 mph)
Circuit Length: 5.403 km (3.357 mi)
2013 MotoGP Race: 22 laps (118.866 km/73.860 mi)
2013 MotoGP Schedule: 14:00 p.m. Local Time
2012 podium: 1st Dani Pedrosa (Honda), 2nd Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha), 3rd Cal Crutchlow (Yamaha)
2012 pole: Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) 1:55.799 – 167.970 Km/h (104.372 mph)
Ducati Team Results at Brno Circuit (best finish)
2012: 7th (Rossi)
2011: 6th (Rossi)
2010: 3rd (Stoner)
2009: 6th (Hayden)
2008: 7th (Melandri)
2007: 1st (Stoner)
2006: 1st (Capirossi)
2005: 2nd (Capirossi)
2004: 5th (Capirossi)
2003: 3rd (Bayliss)
Ducati Team – Rider Info
Andrea Dovizioso
Bike: Ducati Team Desmosedici GP13
Race number: 04
Age: 27 (born in Forlimpopoli, Italy, 23 March 1986)
Residence: Forlì, Italy
Number of GPs: 196 (98 x MotoGP, 49 x 250cc, 49 x 125cc)
First GP: 2001 Italian GP (125cc)
Number of wins: 10 (1 x MotoGP, 4 x 250cc, 5 x 125cc)
First GP win: 2004 South African GP (125cc)
Poles: 14 (1 x MotoGP, 4 x 250cc, 9 x 125cc)
First pole: 2003 French GP (125cc)
World Championships: 1 (1 x 125cc)
Dovizioso’s MotoGP track record at Brno Circuit
2012: Grid, 5th; Race, 4th
2011: Grid, 7th; Race, 2nd
2010: Grid, 6th; Race, DNF
2009: Grid, 6th; Race, 4th
2008: Grid, 14th; Race, 9th
Dovizioso’s 250cc track record at Brno Circuit
2007: Grid, 3rd; Race, 2nd
2006: Grid, 2nd; Race, 2nd
2005: Grid, 4th; Race, 6th
Dovizioso’s 125cc track record at Brno Circuit
2004: Grid, 2nd; Race, 2nd
2003: Grid, 10th; Race, 6th
2002: Grid, 21st; Race, 21st
Nicky Hayden
Bike: Ducati Team Desmosedici GP13
Race number: 69
Age: 32 (born in Owensboro, Kentucky, USA, 30 July 1981)
Residence: Owensboro (Kentucky, USA)
Number of GPs: 176 (176 x MotoGP)
First GP: 2003 Japanese GP (MotoGP)
Number of wins: 3 (3 x MotoGP)
First GP win: 2005 USA GP (MotoGP)
Poles: 5 (5 x MotoGP)
First pole: 2005 USA GP (MotoGP)
World Championships: 1 (6 x MotoGP, 2006)
Hayden’s MotoGP track record at Brno Circuit
2012: Grid, -; Race, -
2011: Grid, 9th; Race, 7th
2010: Grid, 8th; Race, 6th
2009: Grid, 8th; Race, 6th
2008: Grid, DNS; Race, DNS
2007: Grid, 2nd; Race, 3rd
2006: Grid, 4th; Race, 9th
2005: Grid, 2nd; Race, 5th
2004: Grid, 7th; Race, DNF
2003: Grid, 7th; Race, 6th
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