The Czech GP press conference features lead rider Marc Marquez, Danilo Petrucci, Valentino Rossi, Maverick Vinales and Alvaro Bautista and with a home rider, Karel Abraham.
Automotodrom Brno hosts the MotoGP’s actions after a three-week intermission from sachsenring.
Marquez starts, “Summer break has been good like always.”
“Time to relax and analyse the first part of the season, which has been good but there are a few mistakes we can improve. Now it’s time to get back to the office and find that same mentality again because it was the right one. I hope we can start in a good way, get the feeling and achieve the same results.”
So far into 9 rounds, Marquez leads with 5 wins out of 9 races while Rossi – 46 points submissive to leader - has 5 podiums and Viñales grabbed back to back podiums ranks respective 2 and 3 on the table.
Marc adds about championship battle, “It’s good we start the second half on top with the advantage but the season is long and we need to keep the same mentality, they’re (Yamaha) improving every race.”
“We need the same speed and concentration, there will be some circuits that are more difficult but we’ll try to manage it – what we did in the first half.”
Valentino, who ranks second, points out some positives about opening rounds, “I’m happy in some ways – five times on the podium in nine races isn’t bad, and second in the Championship is quite good, but the problem is that I wasn’t strong enough in the first half to try to win.”
Doctor’s teammate Viñales says, “It’s important to understand the bike, race by race I feel better every time.” He’s hoping to have a next step at Yamaha, which would provide the required competitiveness.
“And I can start pushing on the limit. There’s a lot to still improve but we have a good bike and if we manage it we can be very competitive. We’re riding our bike at the best level, we just need to make another step. I’m very happy with the last two races and in the box, and we need to continue like that,” explained the Spaniard.
Alma Pramac’s Danilo Petrucci expects no too much from current season as he hopes next championship would be the best one for him. And he expands his difficulties about Assen and Sachsenring races. He’s curious about tyre consumption which is higher this weekend and says, “very different to manage the things in place. Anyway, we have to deal with.”
Alvaro Bautista had the best result in the Germany in this season so far. He adds, “started to work with the setup and with some adjustments, we started in moving faster and faster.”
About his future, “There are no places in the MotoGP. But still I don’t have any options. Nothing is clear.”
The other Angel Nieto rider – Karel Abraham – has confused with 2016 Ducati and current spec, as former has yielded quite performance and many good results last year. On a Contrary, this year has some gaps and not able to get things into the place.
Top-3 riders has complained current short period of holidays and wish to have one more in addition. They hope Dorna would consider this things in upcoming seasons.
"First of all, I needed a longer holiday!" said Rossi. "Everybody is saying this, but this is the way it is. I took one week off, and I would have enjoyed some more time, but now we need to focus again.
Let’s hope the race fills with all the ingredients of utter ruthlessness and mindful of actions.
Czech GP actions begin for the premier class riders at 09:55 local time (GMT +2).