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Pre Race Review Mugello

The Gran Premio d’Italia TIM marks the second consecutive weekend and eighth round of an intensive race packed month. With wet and inconsistent weather conditions throughout the 2011 season, the fans and riders are looking to have a more arid experience at the popular Italian circuit.

Set in the heart of the beautiful Tuscan Valley, Mugello is known as one of the best venues with its 3.2 miles of challenging slow and fast turns with sweeping curves, long straights and perfectly banked corners. The modern track has some of the best viewing areas and a reputation as one of the safest race circuits.

Repsol Honda’s star performer, Casey Stoner is at the top of the World Standing at 135 points, a hefty 28 points ahead of World Champion Jorge Lorenzo. The awesome Aussie literally can’t be touched this season with another podium win in second place at Assen last weekend. The Dutch track marked his 49th podium win as a premier class rider and if he continues on to Mugello in the same fashion, he with become the 12th rider to make 50 in placing a boot upon the rostrum.

Casey’s teammate, Andrea Dovizosio had another solid podium finish taking his third position on the podium at Assen. He hopes to continue his good fortune and impress his home crowd with a third in a row podium win.

The final Repsol Factory rider Dani Pedrosa will be the come back kid at the classy circuit after missing the last three rounds due to a broken collarbone inflicted upon him by the incautious Marco Simoncelli.

The recovered Pedrosa said: “I head to Italy with great motivation to be back on the bike, to see how I’m feeling and to compete. As well as riding again I’m really looking forward to getting back and seeing all the team, working with them and trying to do well. At the end of the day we’re like a family. You miss it when you spend such a long period without competing.”

The Factory Yamaha team’s Ben Spies is riding high on his first premier win of his career and the first American to win a race since Nicky Hayden riding for Repsol Honda at Laguna Seca,CAin 2006. The handsome Texan is the one to watch this season with his steadfast form and precise determination; he could just be the “wow” factor for 2012!

Teammate and reigning World Champion, Jorge Lorenzo is doing his best to uphold his top-notch reputation, but the task has had some complications with two uncharacteristic crashes in the last two races. The Mallorcan managed to regain his dignity at Assen after he was taken out in the first lap by San Carlo Grisini Honda’s Marco Simoncelli by remounting his M1 and pushing his way up the procession in a 6th place finish. He is 28 points behind current leader Casey Stoner and needs a first place win to catapult himself nearer the top.

San Carlo Grisini Honda’s Marco Simoncelli might have to consider a make-over in more ways than one with his less than popular reckless behavior this season. With his undeniable talents in placing in the front row for the last 5 races, the inflicting Italian can’t seem to capitalize on his hard-earned efforts and eventually goes down, usually taking a contender with him.  Which inspires the question; is “Super Sic” truly a diamond in the rough or just an out of control rookie that needs a hair cut?

Simoncelli’s teammate, Hiroshi Aoyama will be heading back to the San Carlo Grisini Honda paddock this weekend after filling in for Factory Honda’s Dani Pedrosa at Assen while in recovery from his second fractured collarbone.

Mugello, Ducati and Valentino Rossi; the perfect combination everyone has been patiently waiting for since his departure from Factory Yamaha last season. The triple Italian infused union was to be the ultimate in racing history, but with Ducati’s continuance in developing  the GP11 and Rossi’s past injuries and inability to mesh with the Desmodici machine, it’s been a union of let downs. The imposing Italian has some catching up to do, but with a past record of seven successive wins at Mugello between 2002 and 2008, it might just inspire him to put on a good show for his fans and put some points on the board. But, that’s probably it for this year!

Teammate and perfectionist, Nicky Hayden will be working to put in a good performance for the Factory’s homeland, While the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 broken collarbone duo, Colin Edwards and Cal Crutchlow both exhibited amazing endurance capabilities in their quick comeback and placements.Calwill be racing Mugello for the first time as a rookie premiere rider.

The Pramac team’s Loris Capirossi and Randy de Puniet would probably rather forget last weekend at Assen, with Loris being unable to participate on race day due to a crash that resulted in two broken ribs and a dislocated right shoulder in the qualifying round. It has just been announced that Capirossi will be sitting out Mugello, leaving him stagnant in standings. The veteran riders said: “I’m obviously very disappointed and angry. I was hoping I could get on track for this race, but the double fracture of the ninth and tenth ribs and distorting the AC joint injury forced me to raise the white flag for the first time in my career for Mugello.”  Randy has had ongoing disappointments in his advancements this season and had an early crash on race day, saying: This negative period seems to be a never-ending story for me and for the team.”

LCR Honda’s Toni Elias are getting ready for a positive home race and better start from the Italian grid, even though Elias had a strong start in precarious conditions. Mapfre Aspar’s Hector Barbera, Rizla Suzuki’s Alvaro Bautista and the smiling rookie Cardion AB Motoracing’s Karel Abraham are looking for substantial improvements as we come to the halfway point of the 2011 season.

All the (hopefully dry) racing action will commence starting this Friday July 1 at 10:10am (local time GMT+2) with the first free practice round.

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MotoGP World Standing 2011

Pos. Rider Bike Nation Points
1 Casey STONER Honda AUS 136
2 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha SPA 108
3 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Honda ITA 99
4 Valentino ROSSI Ducati ITA 81
5 Nicky HAYDEN Ducati USA 71
6 Dani PEDROSA Honda SPA 61
7 Ben SPIES Yamaha USA 61
8 Hiroshi AOYAMA Honda JPN 51
9 Colin EDWARDS Yamaha USA 46
10 Marco SIMONCELLI Honda ITA 39
11 Hector BARBERA Ducati SPA 35
12 Toni ELIAS Honda SPA 34
13 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati CZE 33
14 Cal CRUTCHLOW Yamaha GBR 32
15 Alvaro BAUTISTA Suzuki SPA 27
16 Loris CAPIROSSI Ducati ITA 22
17 Randy DE PUNIET Ducati FRA 10
18 John HOPKINS Suzuki USA 6
19 Kousuke AKIYOSHI Honda JPN 3
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June 29, 2011 - Posted by | Andrea Dovizioso, Assen, Ben Spies, Casey Stoner, Colin Edwards, Dani Pedrosa, Ducati, girlracer, Jorge Lorenzo, Laguna Seca, Loris Capirossi, marco simoncelli, MotoGP, motorcycle racing, motorcycles, mugello, Nicky Hayden, Silverstone, Valentino Rossi

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