MUGELLO MAKES WAY FOR MOTOGP: <b>MotoGP heads to Italy</b>

MUGELLO MAKES WAY FOR MOTOGP: MotoGP heads to Italy

Mugello makes way for MotoGP as the championship arrives in Italy.
05-31-2019
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The Ferrari-owned track in the beautiful Tuscany region is a mix of flowing turns and tight corners, making it hard to pinpoint it a brand-specific track although the long straights do favor the power houses on the grid. With top speeds in MotoGP going in the direction of 360 kph, it’s definitely one for the brave in that class, while the straights will make slip-streaming essential in the smaller classes.

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Mugello colors itself yellow and red when MotoGP makes its appearance, and the latter is a motivation booster for Danilo who did well last year on the special-livery Pramac Ducati. That was despite having to make up too much ground, costing him the podium in the end. This year the aim is clear: add more podium finishes to his tally after his solid P3 in Le Mans.

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DANILOPETRUCCI

DUCATI FACTORY TEAM

LE MANS RESULT: P3
CHAMPIONSHIP POSITION: P5

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“It was great race and I'm so happy to finally be back on the podium, exactly one year since the last time I stepped on it. In the past rounds, I've been quite competitive, but not in qualifying, and this hindered my performance during the race. This time, we managed to start from the first row, but I made a couple of mistakes in the early laps and lost some ground. At one point, I dropped all the way back to sixth, but I tried to stay calm and collected, pushing as hard as I could to close the gap.

Toward the end, Andrea and I had a spectacular fight. He was stronger than me under acceleration, while I was able to recover some ground under braking, but I was never close enough to complete the maneuver and it also wouldn't have made any sense to take huge risks among teammates. The double podium is a great result for the whole team, and now, we'll try to repeat that here in Mugello, but maybe a few steps higher on the box!”

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Petrucci in Le Mans 2
Petrucci in Le Mans 3
Petrucci in Le Mans 4
Petrucci in Le Mans 5
Petrucci in Le Mans 6
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Our Moto2 riders are all showing progress in their own respect, and despite still not being 100% fit, Augusto Fernández captured yet another podium in the extremely competitive intermediate class in Le Mans. The RW Racing boys, Steven Odendaal and Bo Bendsneyder, are getting the NTS chassis to work better each time they leave the pits, which makes their double DNF in France all the more unfortunate, but with most of the season still ahead of us, their ambitions are not to be underestimated.

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AUGUSTOFERNANDEZ

PONS HP40

LE MANS RESULT: P3 
CHAMPIONSHIP POSITION: P6 

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“I’m very happy to get another podium and even happier because we started from P14. I’ve learned how to keep calm and consolidate each overtaking until I reached the group in front.

Finally, I wanted to secure another podium because I had damaged a lot the tires going up and I was very close to the limit. Thanks to the team for the work!”

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BOBENDSNEYDER

NTS RW RACING GP

LE MANS RESULT: DNF 
CHAMPIONSHIP POSITION: P21 

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“I had some good lap times in the practice sessions with the softer rear tire and that tire was still good even after nineteen laps. We knew that the last five laps of the race could be difficult, but it was worth the gamble. Unfortunately, the tire I used in the race behaved much differently. After two or three laps it was already gone.

In the turns, I bounced and slid in all directions and it only got worse. I couldn’t ride it, so I came in. Very unfortunate, because it was quite a good weekend. I learned a lot, including in wet conditions. Between Le Mans and Mugello, we’ve had a great fan day with the team, so I arrive in Mugello with loads of motivation to show my potential!”

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STEVENODENDAAL

NTS RW RACING GP

LE MANS RESULT: DNF 
CHAMPIONSHIP POSITION: P32 

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“The weekend in Le Mans started strong for us, and I even claimed P1 in FP3 showing that the speed was there under the conditions. Also in qualifying, the times were good. I started the race with a harder rear tire than my teammate.

And although it felt okay I crashed in turn 10 and I dislocated my knee. I worked on my recovery again to be fit for Mugello, and I will give it my all again in Italy.”

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Bendsneyder & Odendaal in Le Mans
Bendsneyder in Le Mans 2
Odendaal in Le Mans 4
Fernandez in Le Mans 5
Fernandez in Le Mans 6
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It’s been up and down for our riders in certain ways, but both Lorenzo Dalla Porta (P2) and Jaume Masià (P5) are fully in contention when looking at the World Championship standings. For Lorenzo, it truly is his home GP, having grown up in the area, and with already two second-place finishes, he’s looking to go one-up. Fellow REV’IT! rider Jaume didn’t have the best of luck the last time around, but already a race winner this year, he’ll be looking to make Dalla Porta’s life difficult in the battle for the win.

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JAUMEMASIÀ

BESTER CAPITAL DUBAI

LE MANS RESULT: DNF 
CHAMPIONSHIP POSITION: P5 

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“Not my best GP. Great expectations, even more remembering the result of 2018, but such difficult conditions during the whole weekend.

However, I am confident. We had a great pace at race that allowed me to focus on Mugello and keep learning while we aim for good results again.”

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LORENZODALLA PORTA

LEOPARD RACING

LE MANS RESULT: P2 
CHAMPIONSHIP POSITION: P2 

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“It was a very difficult weekend in Le Mans; I never felt good on the bike and the team worked a lot to get the bike feeling better. To be able to fight for victory in the race, ending up in second, is incredible.

I am very confident to do well, and being able to race so close to home is always a joy. This weekend, I will look to make my fans proud again, and give them a reason to party after the race!”

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Dalla Porta in Le Mans
Dalla Porta in Le Mans 2
Dalla Porta in Le Mans 4
Masia in Le Mans 5
Masia in Le Mans 6

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