A Lap of Mugello With Andrea Dovizioso and the beginning of the second half of 2011 season
by: Darwin Zialcita
Andrea Dovizioso illustrates us a walkthrough of the Mugello Circuit. Most MotoGP riders consider this track as one of the most beautiful in the world, having scenic landscapes and undulating uphills and downhills, Mugello is also home to italian legends and holds a glorious streak of racing heritage.
Mugello is actually the fastest track in the MotoGP calendar in terms of top speed, most riders reaching 340+ km/h by a modern GP bike thanks to a long start/finish stretch aided by slight downhill along its length. There is also a slight bend at the end of the stretch making it ball to throat experience. If you have the latest MotoGP game in playstation, you more or less know what I am talking about th layout (see illustration below, click to full size).
This is the home race of factory Repsol Honda rider from Italy. But Dovi resides just a few kliks away from Tavulia – Rossi’s hometown, which actually is in juxtaposition from Misano, Italy (another track of the MotoGP calendar). Thus – there are two “home” races for the Italians this calendar.
Valentino Rossi has also an unbroken record here in Mugello, 7 consecutive victories 2002-2008. 2009 was by Stoner and a broken leg on 2010.
Mugello is also a special track for Rossi fans because it is the time of the year when the Italian wears a special dsign helmet. Such as the Rossi face, Heart, Hand, and last year, the unlucky Joker.
The race also marks the return of Dani Pedrosa – the only other rider who can pose a challenge to Stoner. Marco Simoncelli is looking forward to not crashing, again. Ben Spies’ Assen victory has not sunk in yet.
Let us all watch the race this sunday starting with 125cc then Moto2 and finally MotoGP. 6pm, see http://www.espnstar.com/tv/ for schedule.
Thanks to hondaracing.com for the illustration, GPone for the helmets.