Mugello, host of MotoGP Round 6, is a special playground for most riders. Featuring sweeping corners and one of the fastest straights of the year, riders typically produce some of the best races of the season.
The championship chase is on to dethrone Reigning Champion Marc Marquez in the riders’ standings. With a historic 300th premier class win in the books, Marquez and Jorge Lorenzo are going for more at one of the most exhilarating circuits in the world. Marquez leads the MotoGP riders standings by eight points and is looking as strong as ever aboard the Honda RC213V. Previously, Marquez has only one MotoGP win at Mugello and he, of course, wants to up the win number at this track.
Lorenzo’s progress with the team gets better with every race. Mugello is a happy hunting ground for Lorenzo since 2008, with six wins in the bag. During the streak, he only missed the podium twice.
Challengers Valentino Rossi and Maverick Vinales head to Mugello with two purpose to honor the team’s home GP and stop Marquez’s dominance. Rossi of course is a fan favorite here,with a great record of seven back-to-back premier class victories from 2002 to 2008. He also celebrated four MotoGP third places in 2009, 2014, 2015, and 2018, a 250cc win in 1999 following a second place in 1998, and a 125cc win in 1997. The Doctor looks to close his fourth place 23-point gap to Marquez in the standings at Mugello.
Vinales, who failed to get points at Le Mans, is keen on making a strong comeback. There is no better place for him to return to the podium than Mugello, as he likes the track and also looks forward to the great atmosphere there that makes the Italian GP so special. In the lower classes he notched up a run of three-consecutive podiums in Mugello, taking a win in 2012 (Moto3) and two third places, in 2011 (125cc) and 2013 (Moto3). In the MotoGP class he stood on the rostrum after scoring a second place in 2017. This weekend he will challenge for a top spot again.
Also home GP for Ducati, Andrea Dovizioso and Danilo Petrucci are eager to defend home turf from the other factory squad challengers. Both riders got on the podium at Le Mans last time out. Aside from Rossi, Ducati riders have their fair share of supporters here. And they’ll certainly be able to count on the support of the many ducatisti fans expected during the weekend and gathered, as usual, at the Ducati Grandstands located by the Correntaio corner.
Dovizioso, who will celebrate his 300th GP start at Mugello, is currently second in the championship, just 8 points behind Márquez. Dovizioso won the Italian GP in 2017, was second last year, and took two more podiums in top class at Mugello. Petrucci has a third place in 2017 (best personal result) with a Ducati satellite team.
Alongside Dovizioso and Petrucci, on a third Desmosedici GP19 fielded by Ducati, Michele Pirro will compete in his first race of the year as a wild-card and celebrate his 100th GP start on Sunday.