The extended break will have also given the 125cc riders plenty of time to take stock of the first nine rounds of the 17-round season, in which Nico Terol built up a 32-point lead at the top of the standings.
The Bankia Aspar rider has won for the past two seasons at Brno and will therefore be confident of further extending his advantage, although Johann Zarco (Avant-AirAsia-Ajo) in second position is edging ever closer to taking his first GP win. The Frenchman was denied by a photo finish in Germany and has now placed second in three of the last four races, whilst Maverick Viñales (Blusens by Paris Hilton Racing) already has two victories to his name in his debut campaign. The Spanish rookie has started from pole position three times in the last four rounds, and is hot on the heels of Zarco in the Championship.
Jonas Folger (Red Bull Ajo Motorsport), who has not finished higher than seventh since taking his first GP win at Silverstone, will be another rider eager to start the second stint with a strong result at a track he placed fourth at last year, and his German compatriot Sandro Cortese (Intact Racing Team Germany) will be looking for a first podium result since the third round at Estoril.
Héctor Faubel’s (Bankia Aspar) first win of the 2011 season in Germany will have given the Spaniard a huge confidence boost, and he can be expected to be pushing his team-mate Terol and the rest of the frontrunners at Brno.
Home rider Jakub Kornfeil (Ongetta Centro Seta) will inspire the home support, and he scored his best ever World Championship result of fifth at last year’s Brno GP. Additional home interest via wild card riders Ladislav Chmelik (RJR Racing) and Miroslav Popov (Ellegi Racing), with Luca Gruenwald (Freudenberg Racing Team), Manuel Tatasciore (Phonica Racing) and Jakub Jantulic (AMK Brno Junior Team) also riding as wild cards.