Like so many other road circuits, Brno was deemed too dangerous for Grand Prix racing in 1982, but already plans were under way to build a magnificent purpose-built circuit in the hills above the city, which was famous for its beer and the manufacture of crystal glass. The Brno circuit is located in a natural bowl, offering spectators excellent views of the track.
The track keeps changing elevation as it sweeps across forested hillsides and its fast rising and falling corners are a challenge to riders and bikes alike. The 3.357 miles (5.403km) circuit features six left corners and 8 right-handers. There are 13 straights in all, the longest of which is 578 yards (529 metres). Facilities at the track include a restaurant and bar, souvenir shops and access for the physically disabled.
2013 saw Honda’s Marc Marquez take the chequered flag at Brno. Although Cal Crutchlow took pole position, he crashed out in lap eight. Second place went to Dani Pedrosa (Honda) and third to Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha).
Brno Airport is 12 miles (19km) from town, and has regular connections to London Stansted and Prague. Alternatively, Prague Airport lies 125 miles (201km) to the northwest and Vienna’s airport is to the south. The Brno track is situated in the locality of Kývalka, 10 miles (16km) from town and 1.5 miles (2.4km) from the D1 (Prague – Brno highway). Those driving from either Prague or Vienna should use the D1 highway and take either exits 178 towards Ostrovacice or 182 towards Popuvky, then follow the signs ‘Grand Prix’.