Date : 10/07/2012
Repsol Honda Team head to Mugello
This weekend the MotoGP paddock head to Mugello for the ninth round of the 2012 World Championship. The Grand Prix of Italy also marks the half way point of the season and the third race in a row after visiting Assen and Sachsenring.
The Repsol Honda riders are looking forward to arriving at traditionally, one of the warmest races on the calendar. After an intense battle in Germany, where they demonstrated a very high pace, Dani hopes to maintain momentum after taking his first win of the season and Casey is determined to put his crash behind him.
The Honda RC213V has showed great potential in the last two races, where Dani and Casey have both visited the top step of the podium. They are confident to be again very competitive in Mugello, a track that combines a very long straight (1,141 Km) and fast changes in direction. They will be looking to make the most of the Honda engine's power at a track with the highest top speed on the calendar.
In fact, Dani, currently second in the World Championship standings 14 points off Lorenzo, has the record top speed in Mugello with 349,3 Km/h in 2009, while Casey, third in the overall standings 6 points behind Dani, has the fastest lap ever at this track thanks to his pole position last year (1'48.034).
Dani has six podium finishes and 2 victories in Mugello (2010 in MotoGP and 2005 in 250cc); and Casey has four podiums and 1 victory in MotoGP 2009.