Motorsport: Stoner looks to extend lead at Brno

Australia's Casey Stoner is looking to extend his lead in the MotoGP standings in this Sunday's Czech grand prix in Brno with his sixth victory in 11 races this season.

Bolstered by victory in the US GP at Laguna Seca on July 24, before a three-week summer break, Honda rider Stoner will seek to repeat his only Brno win from 2007, the year in which he won his only world championship title.

"I'm looking forward to going to Brno. It's a circuit I've always enjoyed and I believe with the results we've had in the past years we can expect to have a good race there," Stoner said on the motogp.com site.

But he will face tough competition from last year's winner, Spanish Yamaha rider Jorge Lorenzo, second in the overall standings, on the 5.403km circuit.

"The fact that it's very fast and flowing has helped the Yamahas in the past seasons and I think Jorge will be strong there, so I will be watching for him," said the 25-year-old Stoner.

The Australian, who was third in Brno last year behind his teammate Dani Pedrosa of Spain, is on 193 points in the overall standings, 20 ahead of defending world champion Lorenzo.

"After the long break we are going to Brno completely recharged and ready to fight and try to reduce the gap to Casey," said Lorenzo, who has one 125cc and two 250cc titles from Brno.

"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," added the Spanish rider who came in second at Laguna Seca.

Italy's Andrea Dovizioso of Honda is third overall, 30 points behind Lorenzo but with a solid advance on his teammate Pedrosa, who completed the podium at the US GP.

Italian Ducati rider Valentino Rossi, fifth overall, will come to Brno as the rider with the best record from the circuit with five MotoGP wins here.

- AFP

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