After 10 hard-fought races, the MotoGP riders got a nice mid-season break. Jorge Lorenzo and Ben Spies have used their time off to rest and recuperate, and are now ready to start the second half of the season at BRNO.
Lorenzo spent his time relaxing in the Domincan Republic but is now ready to get back to the track. Lorenzo is currently 20 points behind in the standings, but he's confident he can start the second half of the 2011 MotoGP season with a race a victory this weekend.
"After the long break we are going to Brno completely recharged and ready to fight and try to reduce the gap with Casey," Lorenzo said. "This is a track I like and where I won last year. I hope we can start the second half of the season on the podium."
Ben Spies also returns to a track that has been good to him in the past. Spies, who spent his break in Texas with his family, has a World Superbike victory at BRNO, and last year he had one of his best races of his MotoGP rookie season. Spies earned a front row position at the Czech GP in 2010 and eventually claimed fourth place.
"It's been really cool to hang out at home with my friends and family in Texas and take a break from the racing," Spies said. "I'm looking forward to getting back on the bike now, especially at Brno which is a track I really enjoy. It was good to me in Superbike and we showed a lot of potential there last year, I nearly had pole position and think I could have challenged for a podium if I hadn't suffered a frond end grip issue early in the race."
After the Czech GP, the Yamaha team will continue their work on the 2012 motorcycle with a one day testing session on the 1000cc Yamaha.