The weekend in Germany didn't go as well as expected after the positive signs seen in the qualification runs, so now the Ducati Team faces the first race of the second part of the season with Dovizioso and Lorenzo in fourth and sixth place respectively in the overall standings.
For the rider from Forlì the first part of the season began with success in Qatar, then continued by earning more points in Argentina and the United States. The return to Europe then saw the Italian rider as an innocent victim of an unfortunate crash in Jerez while in the subsequent race at Le Mans he picked up a few more points. Mugello saw Andrea's return to the podium with a solid second place, while in Barcelona,due to a fall, he collected his second DNF of the season. At Assen and Sachsenring Dovizioso earned some more points with two showings.
Things have gone quite differently for Jorge Lorenzo, who, after experiencing some difficulties at the beginning of the season, at Mugello exploded back into contention with a decisive first place in the Italian leg and then repeated 15 days later at his home circuit in Barcelona. In Holland, after having held the lead until half way through the race, he was forced to deal with some problems with the tyres that dropped him to seventh place, and things went similarly in Germany.
Now the two riders of the Ducati Team face the second part of the season set on climbing to the top of the standings starting from the race held this weekend in the Czech Republic.
The Brno circuit is located in the woods about 20 kilometres from the capital of Moravia. The track is one of the most complete in Europe with a dynamic elevation profile and long-radius curves where entering and riding through the bend require special attention. Braking on the track is not particularly demanding, but the tyres are tested by long corners. Power is also an important factor, bearing in mind that the entire final part of the track is on a steep climb, and so a particularly efficient engine is a good help for achieving competitive times. Ducati has had two successful races on this track, with Capirossi in 2006 and Stoner in 2007.