About the Race
Motorbike racing in Brno dates back to 1930 when the 'City Circuit' was used, but it wasn’t until 1965 when the first Czechoslovakian Grand Prix took place in the town. Then, the 500cc class raced over thirteen laps of the original 13.94 km long road circuit. The track we know today was first used for Grand Prix racing in 1987, hosting the Czechoslovakian GP until 1991.
In 1993, the event was revived as the Grand Prix of the Czech Republic and has taken place every year since. Brno has always attracted large crowds, but the presence of local riders, Lukáš Pešek, Karel Abraham and Jakub Kornfeil, have helped swell numbers further and increase the excitement in recent years.
Marc Marquez, the current championship leader, is once again the strong favourite at odds of 9/20. Fellow Spaniard, Jorge Lorenzo, is the 5/1 second-favourite with Valentino Rossi a 9/1 third-favourite hope.
Marc Marquez goes for a hat-trick of wins after successes in the championship’s last two contests at Assen and Sachsenring. He is looking too good for anyone else at the moment and has finished on the podium at the Automotodrom Brno on each of the last three occasions, winning the race last year. He’s once again the rider they all have to beat.
Valentino Rossi was runner-up at Sachsenring last time out but now trails Marquez by 46 points. He has finished on the podium at Brno in three of the last four years, but you have to go back to 2009 for his last win. Recent form and an unspectacular record in the Czech Republic don’t bode well for him or his Yamaha team.
Maverick Vinales has struggled for podium finishes so far this season, winning second place in Texas in April but then going four races without finishing any higher than sixth. His form, however, might be on the up, as he raced to consecutive third-place finishes in the last two races, in the Netherlands and in Germany. It might be a bit of a stretch to see him competing for the top step with Marquez, but Vinales will be looking for his third podium finish in a row in Brno.
Jorge Lorenzo enjoyed podium finishes at Brno in 2012, 2013, 2014 before winning the race in 2015. He has struggled here the last two years though, so it is a surprise to see him as second-favourite.
Sports.net's Top Tip
The record might sound broken by now, but it would be a huge surprise if anyone other than Marc Marquez was to win again, but with odds of 9/20 for him to do so, you won’t see much of a return. At 18/1, Dani Pedrosa is an interesting each-way bet that could provide some good value. He was second in Brno last year and in 2013, and he won the race in 2012 and 2014, so he has the form to compete.
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