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Date : 27/05/2014

MotoGP circus heads to Italy with Repsol Honda Team in the driving seat

MotoGP circus heads to Italy with Repsol Honda Team in the driving seat

After continuing their perfect start to 2014 in Le Mans last week, the Repsol Honda Team and factory riders Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa are en route to Tuscany, Italy.

Marc, who has won every race so far this season – and all from pole – has been victorious on two occasions in Mugello (2011 in Moto2 and 2010 in 125cc) and suffered one of only two DNF’s of 2013 here when he crashed out from second place with just three laps remaining (the other being a blah flag in Phillip Island). Dani, who celebrates eight podium finishes in Mugello including two victories (2010 in MotoGP, 2005 in 250cc) will be looking to enjoy a better weekend after only managing fifth place in Le Mans and is now 42 points behind Marc in the Championship.

Just 30km north east of Florence, Mugello was first opened in 1974 and at 5.245km in length, it’s one of the longest tracks on the calendar. Through its mix of nine right-hand turns and six lefts – some fast, some slow – changes in radius, camber and gradient, Mugello is one of the most popular circuits among Grand Prix riders, and its 1.141km straight is also the longest.

Marc Marquez
Marc Marquez - Championship Standing: 1st - 125 points

"Le Mans was a great weekend for us and although it may look easy from the outside, it is a result of a lot hard work with the team over the weekend to set the bike up. Mugello is a tricky circuit - one of the hardest on the calendar - and we struggled a lot last year. I had many crashes over the weekend and then crashed out of the race also. Now I have an extra year’s experience and I hope it will go more smoothly for us! I know that Valentino will be very strong at his ‘home’ race, Jorge has won there for the past three years and Dani is also very fast there, so we will need to stay focused and if we cannot challenge for the win then we must take important points for the Championship"

Dani Pedrosa
Dani Pedrosa - Championship Standing: 2nd - 83 points

"Mugello is a very fast track with many long corners so finding the optimum set up and grip is essential. The atmosphere is also very special in Mugello and the weather usually perfect so I look forward to going there and racing in front of a full crowd! In the past few races my overall pace has been good but I’m hoping to improve in qualifying"

Rider standings

Pos. Rider Num. Nation Points Team Constructor
1 Marc Marquez 93 ESP 125 Repsol Honda Team HONDA
2 Dani Pedrosa 26 ESP 83 Repsol Honda Team HONDA
3 Valentino Rossi 46 ITA 81 Yamaha Factory YAMAHA
4 Andrea Dovizioso 4 ITA 53 Ducati Team DUCATI
5 Jorge Lorenzo 99 ESP 45 Yamaha Factory Racing YAMAHA
6 Stefan Bradl 6 GER 39 LCR Honda MotoGP HONDA
7 Pol Espargaro 44 ESP 38 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 YAMAHA
8 Aleix Espargaro 41 ESP 37 NGM Mobile Forward Racing YAMAHA
9 Bradley Smith 38 GBR 34 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 YAMAHA
10 Alvaro Bautista 19 ESP 26 Go & Fun Honda Gresini HONDA
11 Andrea Iannone 29 ITA 25 Pramac Racing DUCATI
12 Nicky Hayden 69 USA 23 Drive M7 Aspar HONDA
13 Hiroshi Aoyama 7 JPN 21 Drive M7 Aspar HONDA
14 Scott Redding 45 GBR 18 Go & Fun Honda Gresini HONDA
15 Yonny Hernandez 68 COL 16 Pramac Racing DUCATI
16 Cal Crutchlow 35 GBR 15 Ducati Team DUCATI
17 Karel Abraham 17 CZE 9 Cardion AB Motoracing HONDA
18 Colin Edwards 5 USA 7 NGM Mobile Forward Racing YAMAHA
19 Hector Barbera 8 ESP 2 Avintia Racing MotoGP FTR-KAWASAKI
20 Danilo Petrucci 9 ITA 2 IodaRacing Project IODA-SUTER
21 Broc Parkes 23 AUS 1 Paul Bird Motorsport PBM
22 Michael Laverty 70 GBR 0 Paul Bird Motorsport ART & PBM
23 Mike Di Meglio 63 FRA 0 Avintia Racing MotoGP FTR-KAWASAKI
24 Michele Pirro 51 ITA 0 Ducati Team DUCATI

Circuit Information

Length 5.245 m / 3.259 miles
Width 14m
Left corners 6
Right corners 9
Longest straight 1.141 m / 0.709 miles
Constructed 1974
Pole Position 1m 47.157s (176.2 km/h) Dani Pedrosa (Honda, 2013)
Race lap 1m 47.639s (175.4 km/h) Marc Marquez (Honda, 2013)
Race time 41m 37.477s (173.889km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, 2012)
2012 Winner Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha)
2013 Winner Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha)
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