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"In Brno the riders spend a lot of time at full power"

Following a very short summer break, with just two clear weekends off, Team SUZUKI ECSTAR head to Brno for the second half of this intense 2018 season. 

Alex Rins’ Crew Chief, Manuel Cazeaux, talks us through some of the key elements of this classic track in the Czech Republic. The circuit, which was first used in 1932 has undergone many changes over the years, but still possess an unusual hilly layout, and its undulating corners offer unique challenges…

The layout means theres an average to low corner speed, because the turns are almost all second gear, despite being quite long. So this is the main characteristic of Brno, along with the fact that half of the track is downhill and the other half is uphill. Although theres nothing really, really special in the layout in the sense that theres not one element which really stands out.

 

You really have to pay attention to making a good gearbox set-up to maximise the performance

So what does that mean for set-up? Which areas of the GSX-RR must be focused on the most? Manuel explains that long corners and long straights require a fine balance in almost every aspect of the bike…

You have to have a bike which is balanced in every area. The power of the engine is important, and I think that could be the key to going fast at the Czech GP because of the straights - the riders spend a lot of time at full power.” 

Creating a ‘balanced’ bike comes down to both external and internal factors and, of course, rider confidence and feel are always important. 

You really have to pay attention to making a good gearbox set-up to maximise the performance. In addition, the suspension has to be in the right spot to allow the rider to have a good feeling when braking in the middle of the corner, and also to make the bike turn.

With the improvements I expect that it can be a good track for us

Team SUZUKI ECSTAR have high hopes for the Czech Grand Prix, not only due to the four podiums achieved during the first part of the season, but also because Brno seems to be a circuit which suits the characteristics of the GSX-RR.


We were already competitive in 2015 in the dry, so given the improvements weve made with the bike this year, I expect that it can be a good track for us. A big factor is the tyres; in past years there has been a lot of degradation and you had to work hard to save the tyre until the end of the race. But this year is different - some races were on the limit, and some races everything is OK. So well check the situation when we arrive there. I hope well get good results!

 We look forward to taking to the Czech track with Andrea Iannone and Alex Rins from August 3rd.

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