WSBK championship returns to racing in the Czech Republic after a nine-year break this weekend, but current leader, Troy Corser, will be looking to extend his lead especially since he vividly recalls crossing the line on the last outing…

WSBK championship returns to racing in the Czech Republic after a nine-year break this weekend, but current leader, Troy Corser, will be looking to extend his lead especially since he vividly recalls crossing the line on the last outing…

“I remember the circuit as being pretty fast and flowing and I hope the feeling of the track is the same," said Corser. "I went on to win the title after our last visit to Brno, so I'm obviously hoping the same will happen again."

Corser currently leads from Chris Vermeulen by 73 points, but is hopeful for a win after he was victorious in both races in 1996.

Vermeulen moved into second place overall after finishing as the runner-up in both races at the last round in Misano. And while he battles to dethrone Corser, he’s prospects will not be buoyed by the knowledge that factory Ducati rider Regis Laconi has won three of the last four events.

Laconi and his team-mate, reigning world champion James Toseland have recently completed a very successful test session as the Czech circuit. Although he has been somewhat off the pace this season and is currently in fifth position, Toseland will hopes he will be able to return to his race-winning form soon.

The team’s time on the track has also allowed Pirelli to gain more knowledge about the circuit’s surface, and its lap times are expected to be competitive this weekend.

While most teams appear competitive, Yamaha has experienced a tough season and has only secured one podium position to date. However, Noriyuki Haga, Andrew Pitt and Norick Abe will all put their MotoGP experiences to work on Sunday to produce the best possible result for Suzuki.

Steve Martin and Garry McCoy have not had a very good season aboard their Foggy Petronas’. The 900 cc, three-cylinder machines have been fairly underpowered against the rest of the field, though the more recent races have been more promising for the team.

Martin moved into the top 20 overall after the Misano round, while McCoy scored three points in one race, his best result of the season.