Italian GP: Repsol Honda preview

The Repsol team out to win at Mugello The World Championship is about to start two action-packed months filled with racing and this very weekend this intense period gets under way at Mugello with the Italian GP. Another race where the title ...

The Repsol team out to win at Mugello

The World Championship is about to start two action-packed months filled with racing and this very weekend this intense period gets under way at Mugello with the Italian GP. Another race where the title contenders cannot afford to make any mistakes if they do not want to lose their hopes of being the battle for the title later on in the season. The Repsol Honda Team will be out to get its first victory this year at what is a very special venue.

Mugello is one of the favourite circuits for all the top riders: demanding, fun and with a spectacular atmosphere created by the crowd. Raxcing fans will be able to enjoy a very tight race this weekend: two Italians, Andrea Dovizioso and Valentino Rossi, will be out do their best in front of a home crowd, but that is only if their teammates: the Spaniards Dani Pedrosa and Jorge Lorenzo allow it. Others such as the Ducati riders, Casey Stoner and Nicky Hayden, will be hoping that they will be more than mere spectators.

Dani Pedrosa hopes to go one better at Mugello and get his first victory in 2010. The Spanish rider in the Repsol team emphasised how important the preparation for the race was on his blog last Monday: "The Friday and Saturday sessions will mark the development of the race. One that we will 'construct' as we go along judging things from where we find ourselves right from the very first practice session".

On the other hand, Andrea Dovizioso will start the weekend at Mugello with a little extra motivation: the Italian will be in front of a home crowd, and he is also in great form, two podium finishes in the first three races in this season" calendar: "We are going to Mugello in a good situation. We are getting closer to the two Yamahas but we have to improve our performance in qualifying, something that is decisive for the race afterwards". The Repsol rider wants to win on home soil.

Mugello: a special venue

The World Championship goes to Mugello this weekend, a special venue venue where spectacle and passion come together. Italian fans, some of the most vociferous in the world, and the peculiar technical characteristics of the track itself make the Italian GP into one of the races that both fans and riders most look forward to.

The circuit of Mugello is one of the most complicated and complete in the World Championship. Seed is one of the most important aspects here and it is something that all riders emphasise when speaking of this circuit, it is no coincidence that it is one of the fastest in the calendar. Mugello also has a lot of chicanes, althought they are taken very fast, at the same time there are a lot of ups and downs.

Keeping the tyres in good condition is vital here: the undulating track brings additional stress for the rubbers and the front wheel performance is more important here than at any other circuit.

The spectacular atmosphere in the stands at the Italian circuit is another significant factor in this race. Mugello desrves its hard-earned place in the history of this sport. Dani Pedrosa, on his blog, defines it as a "classic date", one of his favourites: "The Italian GP is a race that the riders like a lot, because there is also a very good biker atmosphere there, and because the riders like the track itself: it is fast, with a lot of ups and downs".

Circuit details:
Autodromo Internacional de Mugello
Location: Mugello
Length: 5 245 metres
Maximum width: 14 metres
Left-handers: 6
Right-handers: 9
Longest straight: 1 141 metres

-source: repsol

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Nicky Hayden , Valentino Rossi , Andrea Dovizioso , Jorge Lorenzo , Casey Stoner , Dani Pedrosa
Teams Repsol Honda Team