Gran Premio d'Italia TIM - Mugello - Preview
Date : 28/05/2013        

Repsol Honda arrive in Italy leading the Championship

This weekend the MotoGP paddock heads to Mugello for the GP of Italy, the fifth round of the 2013 World Championship.

After a cold and wet weekend in Le Mans, Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez will be looking forward to the Tuscan sunshine and hoping to continue their run of double podiums. The Mugello track has a blend of slow and fast turns with sweeping curves, long straights and off-camber corners making it one of the most challenging circuits for the riders and engineers.

Dani, fresh from his fantastic win in France, celebrates seven podium finishes in Mugello including two victories (2010 in MotoGP, 2005 in 250cc) and now leads the World Championship standings. Marc, who experienced his first race in the wet aboard the MotoGP machine in France and achieved a well earned 3rd place, has also been victorious on two occasions in Mugello (2011 in Moto2 and 2010 in 125cc), he is 2nd just 6 points behind Dani in the standings.

Dani Pedrosa  Dani Pedrosa - Championship Standing: 1st - 83 points
"After a the race in Le Mans, I've managed to relax this week and I feel good physically. Mugello is a nice track and one that I really enjoy to ride. It's a fast track with long corners so it's important to have a good feeling with the bike. Usually the weather is good to us and there is a great atmosphere with all the fans there. I am leading the Championship which is very special so I hope we can arrive in Mugello and that the bike works well there too and we can do a good race!"
Marc Marquez  Marc Marquez - Championship Standing: 2nd - 77 points
"I'm really pleased with the race in Le Mans, it was great experience for me to ride in the wet but now I am happy to go to Mugello and hopefully have some nice weather! Mugello is a difficult circuit, perhaps one of the most difficult in the World Championship. It has many changes of direction so we must work hard from the beginning to find the right set up. These coming to races will be very important as they are difficult circuits and we must remain focused. The other riders are so fast in Mugello so I'm sure it's going to be tough, but as always we will try our 100%!"

Championship standings

1 Dani Pedrosa 83 pts SPA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
2 Marc Marquez 77 pts SPA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
3 Jorge Lorenzo 66 pts SPA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing
4 Cal Crutchlow 55 pts GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
5 Valentino Rossi 47 pts ITA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing
6 Andrea Dovizioso 39 pts ITA DUCATI Ducati Team
7 Alvaro Bautista 38 pts SPA HONDA Go & Fun Honda Gresini
8 Nicky Hayden 35 pts USA DUCATI Ducati Team
9 Aleix Espargaro 20 pts SPA ART Power Electronics Aspar
10 Andrea Iannone 18 pts ITA DUCATI Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Team
11 Bradley Smith 17 pts GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
12 Stefan Bradl 17 pts GER HONDA LCR Honda MotoGP
13 Michele Pirro 13 pts ITA DUCATI Ignite Pramac Racing Team
14 Ben Spies 9 pts USA DUCATI Ignite Pramac Racing Team
15 Hector Barbera 7 pts SPA FTR Avintia Blusens
16 Randy De Puniet 6 pts FRA ART Power Electronics Aspar
17 Danilo Petrucci 4 pts ITA IODA-SUTER Came IodaRacing Project
18 Michael Laverty 3 pts GBR PBM Paul Bird Motorsport
19 Yonny Hernandez 3 pts COL PBM Paul Bird Motorsport
20 Colin Edwards 1 pt USA FTR-KAWASAKI NGM Mobile Forward Racing
21 Karel Abraham 1 pt CZE ART Cardion AB Motoracing
22 Hiroshi Aoyama 1 pt JPN FTR Avintia Blusens
23 Lukas Pesek 0 pts CZE IODA-SUTER Came IodaRacing Project
24 Blake Young 0 pts USA APR CRT Attack Performance
25 Claudio Corti 0 pts ITA FTR-KAWASAKI NGM Mobile Forward Racing
26 Bryan Staring 0 pts AUS FTR Go & Fun Honda Gresini

Circuit information

First race 1976
GPs held 27
Laps 23
Race distance 120.635km / 74.957miles
Track length 5.245km / 3.259miles
Track width 14m
Longest straight 1.141km / 0.709miles
Corners 15 (9 right, 6 left)
Pole position Right

Circuit records

Pole position 1m 47.284s (176.000km/h) Dani Pedrosa (Honda, 2012)
Race lap 1m 47.705s (175.312km/h) Dani Pedrosa (Honda, 2012)
Race time 41m 37.477s (173.889km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, 2012)
2012 Winner Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha)
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