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Hanika concerned by Brno rumours

23 July 2014

Moto3 rookie Karel Hanika is conscious that next month's Brno round could be his first and last home Czech Republic Grand Prix appearance.

The circuit is yet to agree a contract extension beyond 2014 and, speaking to Crash.net, the Red Bull KTM rider admitted: "Hopefully not, but it looks like this could be the last year.

“It will be a special grand prix for me and I know the track well,” he continued. “I'll do everything to make a good result at Brno and because I live so close to the track all my fans will be there."

Hanika, the reigning Red Bull Rookies champion, has a best finish of tenth so far this season.

Four DNFs, including last time at the Sachsenring, have hurt Hanika's chances of a higher placing but the 18-year-old was satisfied to have featured in the 'second group' and battled with the likes of Efren Vazquez and Miguel Oliveira in Germany.

"To be in the second group and fighting a lot was good," said Hanika. "We couldn't catch the first group because we were all fighting with each other and slowing each other down but it was a good fight and I had a lot of fun!

"I stayed sixth or seventh for most of the race but a few laps from the end I tried to overtake Miguel. He was braking quite late and when I finally made it I lost it into his rear so it was unlucky to crash with him.

“I'm happy because here at Assen we have showed that we can fight for the top positions so it's really good and if we don't make these mistakes we can finish the race in these positions so it was really positive."

Adapting to the Moto3 championship has been difficult for many Rookies Cup riders and Hanika admitted that he was no different, with the key difference being the increased strength in depth of the World Championship.

"There's a lot of changes between Moto3 and the Red Bull Rookies. What has surprised me is that the pace is always so high and more riders can fight for the victory or top positions.

“This year is especially competitive so I'm just trying to stay there and keep learning. Maybe if I raced in Moto3 last year we would have been more to the front but this year I will keep learning and maybe one day it'll come."


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