The MIE Racing Honda Team is already on site at the Most circuit in the Czech Republic, where round six of the 2022 Superbike World Championship is taking place this weekend, the last round before the series takes a six-week summer break.
Rider Leandro ‘Tati’ Mercado has competed at the Czech track just recently, taking part in a round of the IDM German Superbike championship, and so will have valuable knowledge heading into this weekend’s event. For Hafizh Syahrin on the other hand, it’s another new track and so the goal is again to try and get to grips with the layout as quickly as possible on Friday. After an uphill climb at the latest UK round at Donington Park, both team and riders would like to make progress this weekend.
The Autodrom Most was constructed between 1978 and 1983. Located in the north-east of the country, the circuit lies approximately 100 km from Czech capital Prague. The track measures 4212 metres, incorporating a total of 21 varied turns, and featured on the WorldSBK calendar for the first time last season.
“Last year I couldn’t compete in the WorldSBK round at Most because I caught Covid just few days before, but I actually raced at the track just last month, reaching the podium, third, in race 1 of the German Championship with the FIREBLADE, so I’m really looking forward to heading back there now. The circuit is a bit unusual, very technical and quite different to the others on the calendar. Let’s say it’s an “old school” circuit with a bit of everything, very strong braking areas and some very fast sections. I know I can be very fast at this track, so hopefully we’ll be able to start well on Friday and do a good job also with the bike setup.”
“Most is the same as Donington in that I’ve never been there in my racing life so it will be another interesting one for me. Looking at it, it doesn’t look to have any real up or downhills and appears quite flat. The layout looks similar to Donington, very flowing, short and with changes of direction. We’ll try and find good feeling, working to improve every time we go out. We know it will be tough, but the target is always to do better and hopefully have some new updates with which to improve the bike setup”.
Country: Czech Republic
Name: Autodrom Most
Length: 4.212 km
Pole position: left
Corners: 7 left-hand, 14 right-hand
SBK RECORDS: Best lap: Rea (Kawasaki) 1’31.996 (2021). Superpole – Rea (Kawasaki) 1’31.684 (2021).
Race 1 – 1. Razgatlioglu (Yamaha); 2. Redding (Ducati); 2. Locatelli (Yamaha).
Superpole race: 1. Razgatlioglu (Yamaha); 2. Redding (Ducati); 3. Rea (Kawasaki).
Race 2 – 1. Redding (Ducati); 2. Razgatlioglu (Yamaha); 3. Rea (Kawasaki).