Fabio di Giannantonio has his first World Championship win in the bag after a hard-fought race in the Czech Republic. The Italian started from the second row of the grid after being one of a number of riders caught out by the chequered flag at the end of qualifying yesterday, but he was quickly involved in the action at the front of the pack. Home rider Jakub Kornfeil started from pole and after an early escape he was reeled in by Di Giannantonio and Aron Canet, who went on to take second. All crossing the line within a second behind the pair were Kornfeil, who took his first podium of the season, Enea Bastianini, Gabriel Rodrigo and new championship leader Marco Bezzecchi.
Gaviota Ángel Nieto Team rider Albert Arenas bounced back from his crash in Germany to return to the points with ninth place in the Czech Republic Grand Prix. The set-up of his KTM allowed him to lap with the front group throughout the early stages but gradually lost grip and he was unable to take full advantage of the situation. However, a determined ride in the closing stages saw him claim a valuable ninth position.
9th Albert Arenas:
“It was a close race with a lot of changes in pace that made it even more difficult. I gradually started to feel better but there was a point in the race when the pace dropped and my bike started to slide on the rear. The bike was working well when the pace was high but it was set up to lap in the 2’08s or 2’09s. The change in pace cost me in the end, but I was able to salvage a top ten. We’ll keep working in the same way next week in Austria.”
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