Itâ€™s time for the jockey-sized manly men to finish shagging super models, down the rest of their pina coladas and get down to business. Itâ€™s the end of the annoying 5 week mid term racing drought, and there are several bruised and battered bodies that have enjoyed the time off. Alex Barros and Marco Melandri are back to full fitness, while Tony Elias may be returning early from a broken femur and is claiming he 60 % fit. Alex Hoffman is still not over his nasty gash in his hand and is being replaced for one race by Ivan Silva. Ivan who you ask? Exactly I say. Anyway, the break ends at the lovely east European track Automotodrom Brno. Its 5403 metres of undulating, flowing corners and a well worn tarmac that places massive emphasis on front end feel. It causes a bit of a riddle to the tire manufacturers due to the worn surface causing a compromise between running a soft tire for good grip early in the race or a medium compound to prevent excessive wheel spin in the latter stages. They simply pray if itâ€™s real hot. Michelin are on the ropes at the moment and are probably starting to panic a little bit as there is talk of Rossi defecting to Bridgestone next year if they donâ€™t start performing. If Michelin nail a tire at Brno, Rossi on the Yamaha might be unstoppable as I still think they have the best bike going around a corner and Brno has lots linked together. Honda has finally made a quantum leap forward with their dog of a bike this year, but parts have not filtered down to the satellite teams yet. Look for Pedrosa to pull out a dark horse win here and Hayden may even surprise still. Tires will again play an important part, and if Bridgestone bring the goods, Marco Melandri may even have a shot. He is riding high after a heroic effort at Laguna Seca that resulted in a podium that he needed piggy backing to. This leaves the current and surprising world champion leader Casey Stoner. He is simply riding fantastic. While he had a definite tire advantage at Laguna Seca, he dished out a lesson in bike riding to the home town yokelâ€™s. He also did this at one of the worlds most technically demanding tracks where home town knowledge is worth half a second a lap. His performances have outshone Loris Capirossi so much, Loris is now out of contract and is left looking to Suzuki, Kawasaki or a Pramac satellite Ducati. Loris probably still rues the day he was taken out by Sete which pretty much ended his championship dream in 2006. This leaves the over achievers Suzuki who have two riders in top form. Chris the V. has shone at most races and Hopkins has only had a little hiccup at Laguna. Both are fit and healthy and look for some surprise podiums from both of them. I expect Chris to go better as any improved parts will go to him first now that Hopper is off to the god-awful green bikes. I am unsure of Ant Westâ€™s performances so far. He is yet to really serve it up to the ridiculously good looking Randy De Puniet. I donâ€™t even think he has a contract sorted for next year yet, so he may be short of a ride come 2008. Again. Kawasaki are finally starting to show some promise, but I feel the need a bit off extra go to really get consistent podiums. This will leave the Tech 3 Yamahaâ€™s and KR Team to wallow about in last place. I prefer to see the odd podium success for the budget teams like these but it probably wonâ€™t happen in 2007. I am also puzzled as to how Dunlop make a great slick for 125â€™s and 250â€™s yet can only make a pile of gooey rubbish for the 800â€™s. Well thatâ€™s enough rubbish from me, I hope you all enjoy the latest installment. I will be kicking back Sunday night drinking some obscure Ceske beer called Tick Bite with friends.