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Track Preview: Italian riders looking for home glory at Mugello.

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It’s the spiritual home for Valentino Rossi, and MotoGP takes to the Tuscan hills on the track with the fastest straight on the calendar, where the riders reach up to 220mph.

Braking from 220mph into San Donato down to second gear and just 60 mph must be one mighty adrenaline rush right? It’s possibly the craziest event of the year with fans bringing as much noise as they can to spur on there home town heroes, and in my opinion has some of the best and most beautiful corner names in MotoGP, like; Poggio Secco, Casanova, Servelli, Aribbiatta (1 and 2), Correntaio just to name a few.

What can we expect this weekend? Mugello tends to be one of those races that the Italian riders thrive on, in Moto3 we have Fabio Di Giannantonio, last years race winner and fresh off of a French Grand Prix podium Andrea Migno, Dennis Foggia who will be looking to make a statement in his first ever Italian Grand Prix, his team-mate Nicolo Bulega will be looking to turn his run of bad luck around in front of his home fans, but of course all of these riders will have tough competition from the flying Spanish armada like Jorge Martin and Marcos Ramirez, and of course the man who I believe will get the biggest reception in Moto3 is new found VR46 Riders Academy talent Marco “Bez” Bezzecchi who somehow after Le Mans last corner madness has the championship lead.

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Moto2 again has a lot to give this weekend with Francesco Bagnaia leading the championship by 25 points from Miguel Olivera, Lorenzo Baldassarri has also been on fine form this season and after his accident in Le Mans he will be hoping to put a show on for the fans.

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Mattia Pasini, the Argentina Grand Prix and last years race winner and will be looking to do a repeat performance after a relatively quiet start to the year, and another man who’s been impressive so far this year is Romano Fenati with a few good results already under his belt and seemingly thrives at home if Moto3 is anything to go by. He will be wanting to honour his late team boss Andrea Marinelli this weekend too.

MotoGP could be a classic again in Mugello, with Andrea Dovizioso coming off of the back of disasters in both Jerez and Le Mans with a DNF in both. He will be looking to try and reel in Marc Marquez who is subsequently running away with the championship with a massive 36 point lead early doors.

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The fans of course will be looking for a dream victory from Valentino Rossi who snatched the 2016 pole position only to lose out in the race while battling for victory causing heartbreak for the hundreds of thousands of Italian fans, he comes into Mugello this year off the back of a test in the Tuscan hills in the hope that Yamaha have hopefully found something to solve their ECU woes that have seen a less than satisfactory performance for both the riders all year long, being regularly beaten by Tech 3 Yamaha rider Johann Zarco.

One of the worlds fastest wildcard riders Michele Pirro makes his annual return to the grid for Mugello, a circuit which he knows so well and will be looking for a solid top five performance and looking to assist Ducati team-mates Dovizioso and Jorge Lorenzo to put the Italian bike back on top at home.


With the stage set and plenty of home favorites to choose from, who do you think will win this years Italian Grand Prix? Let us know by liking our Facebook page and commenting on the post, or alternatively you can leave a comment on this post.

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