WSS: Yamaha Racing Brno preview

Following on from his participation in the recent Vallelunga test, Jason O'Halloran will ride as Curtain's replacement for the Yamaha World Supersport Team this weekend. Jason put in a solid performance at Vallelunga, using the two day test to get...

Following on from his participation in the recent Vallelunga test, Jason O'Halloran will ride as Curtain's replacement for the Yamaha World Supersport Team this weekend. Jason put in a solid performance at Vallelunga, using the two day test to get to know the bike and tyres, and impressed the team with his maturity and ability. The 19 year-old R6 rider has been drafted in from the Australian Supersport Championship where he is currently lying in second place, and only six points behind the leader, with one round to go. FIM Superstock 1000 Cup Brno marks the seventh round of the FIM Superstock 1000 Cup and the return of the Team TTSL-MGM Racing rider Didier van Keymeulen. Didier suffered back and wrist injuries at Silverstone in May when he crashed in free practice, breaking one of the lower vertebrae in his back as well as his wrist. He has recently started training again following a six week recovery period and is keen to make up time and lost points from the Misano round, which he was forced to miss. Van Keymeulen currently holds the best lap and pole records in Superstock at Brno and he will be keen to shake off his injuries and get back to racing.

Misano proved a very good round for Matteo Baiocco who took his second win of the season for the Team Umbria squad and reclaimed his championship lead. Yamaha Team Italia rider Claudio Corti also had a successful weekend, finishing fourth despite picking up an elbow injury in practice earlier in the weekend. His team mate, Michele Pirro could only manage 13th following a crash in qualifying which lost him valuable set up time.

Unfortunately, Corti's race luck didn't extend to the fourth round of the Italian Championship, which took place at Misano a couple of weeks later. He took a tumble during the weekend and broke his right foot and was unable to participate in the race. Following a period of recovery, he tested last weekend at Monza to see if the injury is repaired enough to allow him to race. After eight laps Corti and the Yamaha Team Italia squad were satisfied and have declared him fit enough to ride at Brno this weekend. "My foot hurts a little when I change position on the bike but the most important thing is that I am able to ride without too much difficulty," Corti says.

With Van Keymeulen back in the saddle, there will be several Yamaha-shod riders all keen to fill the podium this weekend but with Didier holding two records and Baiocco's fourth finish there last year, the Yamaha Team Italia riders are certain to show their fighting spirit right to the finish line. Track Data Track length: 5403m

-credit: yamaha-racing

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Series World Superbike
Drivers Matteo Baiocco , Claudio Corti , Michele Pirro , Jason O'Halloran