Jorge Lorenzo is fully expecting to be back on race-winning pace at Brno after failing to challenge Dani Pedrosa last weekend. Lorenzo trailed home a distant second, losing five points of his championship lead but is confident of getting back on terms in the Czech Republic despite struggling here last year.

“After very little rest we are back in Europe at Brno, a track I really like and where I got a great victory in 2010 on my way to the title. Our tyre choice last year made it difficult to fight for the podium but think this year with the 1000cc we can definitely fight at the front.”

Yamaha teammate Ben Spies had a nightmare time in the United States as bad luck followed him across his home country but Spies is hoping a return to Europe will provide a change in fortunes.

“It was really cool to be back home in the US for a while and see family and friends but unfortunately the two US races were a disaster for me and completely out of my control. I’m looking forward to getting straight back on the bike here at one of my favourite tracks to see if we can finally have a good weekend with no issues.”

After being beaten by Repsol Honda in both American races, team director Massimo Meregalli expects the Brno circuit to play back into Yamaha’s hands.

“After a very disappointing two US races for Ben through no fault of his own we are here back in Europe determined to give it 100% as always. We know Ben has the talent and pace to perform well so we hope the bad luck is now behind us and we can deliver to our potential here. This track really suits the Yamaha so I am confident both Ben and Jorge will do well this weekend.”