The wide corners and testing uphill straight of Brno should prove a fertile venue for Yamaha World Supersport Team riders Fabien Foret and Broc Parkes this weekend and after a successful two day test last week each has a genuine chance of victory once again.
The top two Yamaha riders have scored one race win apiece on the new YZF-R6 so far in 2008, Parkes in round one at Losail and Foret at the speed bowl of Monza in round five. As round eight approaches, Yamaha's premier Supersport riders have every reason to think they can add to their winning totals at this recently resurfaced 5.403km circuit.
In the recent Vallelunga test, the team successfully found not only a stronger base set-up for the cutting-edge R6 but a wider spectrum of possible settings to match in with different track conditions, offering a greater margin of safety at the very limit.
In the most closely contested WSS series for some years, Andrew Pitt leads on 113 points right now, with Foret and Parkes in close company, on 97 and 87 points respectively.
Looking back on previous Brno form shows that each rider has been classified on the podium once; Parkes in 2006, and Foret last year.
Massimo Roccoli (Yamaha Team Italia Lorenzini by Leoni) made progress in the championship standings with his seventh place in the last round at Misano, the site of his only WSS win so far, in 2006.
The Yamaha Spain World Supersport Team has David Salom placed 23rd at present as David De Gea continues to recover from his complicated double leg break.
Foret "I think what we found at the test in Vallelunga could be a good solution to use at Brno, particularly in hot conditions. It could be hot there at this time of year, it usually is, so it is good to get more information on something that really works in testing, rather than during a busy race weekend. Our aim is to take more points and get closer to the lead rider. As always I will be trying to win the race."
Parkes, "Brno will be a little bit new because it has a fresh track surface and it's said to offer up a bit more grip. Our bike usually works well there so I'm looking forward to it. We got a good chance to work with the bike on used tyres at the test a week or so ago in Italy, and it went pretty well. That test was to let us find a bit more 'give' on the bike, to let us play around with lines a bit more during races. That's what we worked on before this race. Basically, to allow us more room for error. Brno is usually good for me and I'm ready for it. In general, bigger tracks are good for us, so you can use the horsepower at the top end on our Yamaha. Now, we need to claim some points back."
Wilco Zeelenberg, the Yamaha World Supersport Team Manager, sees the Brno round as a strong venue for the team's YZF-R6 machine. "We found out some very interesting things during our tests and we made some progress with both Fabien's and Broc's set-ups."
Michele Pirro (Yamaha Team Italia Lorenzini by Leoni) is the best-placed official Yamaha Superstock 1000 rider at present, overall fourth on 63 points, with the leader Xavier Simeon on 84. Pirro has two podium finishes to his credit so far in 2008, with only his Monza no-score holding back his championship challenge at the half-way mark.
Claudio Corti (Yamaha Motor Italia Junior Team) is tenth right now, while Sylvain Barrier (Yamaha YZF Junior Team) has been struggling this year, down in 25th place.
Loris Baz (Yamaha YZF Junior Team) continues to lead the 600 Superstock division, by 12 points from the other big find of the 2008 season, Patrick Vostarek.