Max Biaggi's fearsome Brno record, combined with the power-hungry nature of the Czech track, means James Toseland expects the Italian title leader to be the firm favourite this weekend.
“I'm looking forward to the weekend. Brno is a track I've always had good results on," said the Englishman, who has raced both WSBK and MotoGP machines at Brno, taking a first and a second place finish on his most recent WSBK outing in 2007.
"Everyone knows its Max Biaggi's favourite circuit so it's going to be difficult for everyone here as it's probably going to be a strong weekend for Aprilia," admitted the Yamaha Sterilgarda rider.
"Having said that, we worked hard at last week's test in Imola so I'm looking forward to getting out on the track on Friday to see where we stand.”
Toseland starts round nine holding seventh in the championship, with four podiums to his credit. Rookie team-mate Cal Crutchlow has three podiums for tenth in the championship, and is out for 'revenge'.
“I've got unfinished business at Brno,” said Crutchlow. “I had a really strong qualifying there in Supersport last year and was only two laps from winning the race when an unfortunate mechanical issue forced retirement. I love the track; it's fast and flowing and should suit our bike really well.”