Returning from a three-week break, the Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Team is set to start the second half of the season at the Automotodrom Brno.
Maverick Viñales is hoping to carry over the strong form he had before the break as he looks to reach the podium for the third straight grand prix.
“We‘re starting the second part of the championship in a very positive mood,” Viñales said. “After the victory in Assen and the second place at Sachsenring we went on holiday feeling very happy, with the conviction that we‘re on the right track and with the peace of mind that you get after a job well done. We have been able to rest a little bit during the summer break, but it was also helpful to complete a lot of training in order to arrive at this GP feeling physically and mentally strong.
“The next two rounds are held at two tracks that I like a lot but where we‘ll have to work hard to obtain positive results. I think that I can show all my potential there and confirm that we are working in the right direction. Brno is one of my favorite circuits, so I‘ll give it my 100 percent to continue improving step by step.”
Valentino Rossi, who captured his first 125cc victory in Brno in 1996 and has reached the podium 14 times at the circuit, is attempting to get back on the rostrum for the first time since the Grand Prix of the Americas.
“During this summer break it was important to take some time off after the first part of the season and rest a bit,” Rossi said. “But now I can’t wait to be back on track, back aboard my M1, and concentrate on this second part. We will have two consecutive GPs where it will be necessary to work well and get the best possible results. It will be an important second half of the season because we need to improve, and we’ll also begin preparing for 2020, starting with Monday’s test. Brno is a track that I’ve always liked. I want to work well with my team to make it a nice weekend. We need a good result, so we’ll do our best.”