|With the weekend’s MotoGP at Mugello coming up, Ducati MotoGP present an extended look at the squad and the riders, namely Andrea Dovizioso and Jorge Lorenzo.|
Dovizioso won the Italian Grand Prix last year. It was the first of his 6 victories of the 2017 season. The win saw the start of the fight for the title he went close to winning.
Ducati has two victories at Mugello, the last one by Dovizioso a year ago, and of course the challenging 2009 race which Casey Stoner won after the field had to change motorcycles after a wet race dried out.
Satellite Ducati rider Danilo Petrucci was third in the race here last year, with Dovizioso next to him on the podium. It was the first time that two Ducatis have ever been on the podium in the Italian Grand Prix.
Ducati’s record in Mugello
Ducati have a total of 10 podiums at Mugello: Loris Capirossi (2003, 2005 and 2006), Alex Barros (2007), Casey Stoner (2008 and 2009), Andrea Iannone (2015 and 2016), Andrea Dovizioso (2017) and Danilo Petrucci (2017).
Dovi and Lorenzo have performed admirably through the years at Mugello
Lorenzo, while with Yamaha MotoGP, has won five of the last seven races held at Mugello (2011, 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016), making him the most recent dominator of the Italian track. Lorenzo also won in 250cc, bringing the total number of wins at Mugello to six.
Last year, Lorenzo led a race on a Ducati for the first time. Since then, there have been 10 GPs in which he has led with the Desmosedici during the course of the race: In 2017 at Mugello, Montmeló, Red Bull Ring, Misano, Aragon, Motegi and Sepang, and this year in Jerez and Le Mans.
Dovizioso finished second in the 2011 GP after overtaking Stoner on the last lap. In 2004 Dovizioso was leading after the last corner when a rear wheel slide nearly brought him to the ground. Dovi saved the crash but lost the race.
In all the races Dovizioso has run in Italy he has always been in the leading group. 19 thousandths of a second is the tiny difference with which Lorenzo beat Márquez in the 2016 race. It is the tightest MotoGP victory at the Mugello circuit.
Ducati clocked in at 354.9 km/h in the 2016 race. It’s the highest speed reached during a GP, surpassing the previous record of 350.8 km/h, which Ducati also set. Mugello is the circuit in the calendar, where the highest top speed is recorded.
In 12 of the 15 times that Ducati has competed in Mugello, it has obtained top speed in the race.
Last year, five Ducatis (Pirro, Lorenzo, Petrucci, Bautista and Dovizioso) had the top five top speeds during the race.
The fastest recorded lap at Mugello is 1’46.489, achieved by Iannone on a Ducati in 2015, a lap that gave him the pole position in that race.