Marco Melandri is hoping another World Superbike Championship win at Brno will further strengthen his title aspirations after a successful weekend last time out at Motorland Aragon.
Melandri notched up his and BMW's third win of the season in Spain, in turn lifting himself to second in the standings, albeit a sizeable 48 points behind countryman and rival Max Biaggi.
Nonetheless, while Brno is renowned as one of Biaggi's most successful circuits, the Czech venue has also been a happy hunting ground for Melandri in the past, not least in 2011 when he won on his WSBK debut with Yamaha.
“I really like Brno because it is a very fast and smooth circuit. The turns are not too fast, most of them are second gear corners and just a few times you turn in third gear. However, you can use all the power of the engine between the corners.
“The layout is really good fun because it is up and down and the track is very wide. Last year I was successful there and I am confident for this race weekend. I think that our RR will work quite well on this track. I am excited about going there. The weather could be a little bit unstable, so we will see.”
BMW come to Brno following the surprise announcement that it will restructure for the 2013 WSBK season, with the current satellite BMW Italia outfit assuming the running of the manufacturer's factory operation.