Mugello Welcomes a Confident Yamaha Team
The Yamaha Factory Racing Team head straight to Mugello this week in optimistic mood after a text book maiden MotoGP victory by rider Ben Spies and an impressive ride by Jorge Lorenzo at last weekend’s 81st Assen TT. The back to back races offer an opportunity for the riders to pick up quickly where they left off in The Netherlands where they celebrated the first of the year’s 50th Anniversary of Grand Prix racing events. The Tuscan circuit is just two hours drive from the team’s headquarters near Milan so forms an honorary home race for the team.
Lorenzo has a strong record at Mugello, winning in the 250cc class and claiming two premier class second place finishes in 2009 and 2010 with the Yamaha Factory Team. Spies performed well on his first visit to the Italian track last year, taking seventh after an intense battle which saw him ride as high as fourth at times.
Mugello can lay claim to being one of the fastest circuits in the world. The main straight is over a kilometre long and witnesses speeds of over 320km/hr by the GP riders before dropping into the downhill right hand corner at the end. Combine this with varied camber and gradient changes, high speed chicanes and an extra wide track and the thousands of passionate fans who flock to the surrounding hillsides are guaranteed some intense racing action.
My first GP victory still hasn’t sunk in properly.
“These few days off seem to have taken forever, when you finish a race like Assen you just want to get straight back in and try to do it again. My first GP victory still hasn’t sunk in properly; it was pretty special for me to be able to do it at such a legendary circuit and at this unique time in Yamaha’s history. The red and white livery definitely bought me luck! I’m looking forward to Mugello, the track has apparently got a new surface with lots of grip so it should be pretty good for the bike and pretty exciting for the fans.”
"We are going to Mugello, no time to rest and think about what happened last Saturday. The team did a great job and I believe the bike now can be better, making a step ahead. We have to be positive after all! Mugello is a track I like so much, maybe one of the most beautiful around the world, my favourite with Phillip Island. This track is full of chicanes and this year there is new asphalt! I've never won in MotoGP, but we will try to be there and give a show to all our fans. Also I hope the weather changes after the previous races, summer has arrived."
“After a very strange round in Assen with the 50th Anniversary event, unpredictable weather and eventful race we go to a little bit more of a stable weekend with some guaranteed sunshine. It should be a very hot race, a great track and a lot of spectators so I’m looking forward to it. Mugello is a very smooth track which Jorge likes and it suits our bike. We’ve been able to win there with Yamaha and they’ve changed the surface so it’s very flat with lots of grip. Let’s see if we can have two on the podium, that’s our goal.”
“We are coming to Mugello with a lot of confidence. In Assen we had a really strong performance so there’s no better way to be positive thinking about this round. The performance of both riders showed their potential to fight at the front last weekend. We think the weather should be a lot better than the last couple of rounds so we’re looking forward to continuing the good performance, especially as both riders are fans of the Mugello circuit.”