Leopard Racing’s Joan Mir has called the shots so far this season, winning five of the races and grabbing a handful of rostrum finishes. He’s leading the Championship by thirty seven points – a healthy lead over his closest rival Romano Fenati (Marinelli Rivacold Snipers).
Fenati didn’t compete in Brno last year after his fallout with the Sky Racing Team, but in 2015 he finished in a respectable sixth position. He wants that championship and you can see it in his riding style, but catching Mir in the standings will be a struggle in itself, with the Leopard rider looking stronger than ever.
Aron Canet (Estrella Galicia 0,0) has had a hit and miss season so far, and third in the standings is nothing to be sniffed at. He didn’t place last year in Brno, but will be aiming to strengthen the second part of the season to catch up with Fenati and Mir in the Championship.
John McPhee (British Talent Team) won at Brno last year and has had a decent points haul in the first half of this season. The Scot certainly can’t be discounted for the win this time out. Jorge Martin (Del Conca Gresini Moto3) was injured during practice for the German GP and is aiming to return at Brno. He’s taken the most pole positions this year and currently sits in fourth overall. A top three finish in the Championship is not out of reach for the Spaniard. His team mate Fabio Di Giannantonio has taken a little more time to get to grips with the bike, but now he’s got it working for him he’s sure to be in with a chance of a rostrum finish.
The lights go out for the first time after the summer break on Sunday, with the first free practice on Friday at 9:00am (GMT+2).