After securing the 500th Yamaha Grand Prix victory in Le Mans less than a fortnight ago, the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team prepare to make magic at the Autodromo del Mugello at this weekend‘s Gran Premio d’Italia Oakley.
The Gerno di Lesmo (Italy) based Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team looks forward to arriving at the Autodromo del Mugello for this weekend‘s Gran Premio d’Italia Oakley, their first home race of the 2017 MotoGP season.
After a brilliant victory in France, where he showed a superb speed, Maverick Viñales is determined to keep the momentum going over the upcoming back-to-back races in Mugello and Catalunya to maintain the lead in the championship standings.
So far, he posted a three-consecutive podium run in the flowing hills of Tuscany, consisting of a win in 2012 (Moto3) and two third places in 2011 (125cc) and 2013 (Moto3). This weekend he will challenge for a place on the rostrum again.
The upcoming weekend is also important for local hero Valentino Rossi, who is feeling extra motivated to dig deep and put on a show for his dedicated fans.
Having left the “Ospedale Infermi” in Rimini on May 26th, after being diagnosed with mild thoracic and abdominal trauma as the result of a motocross training accident, the Italian will undergo a medical check-up at the circuit on Thursday to receive an official declaration of fitness.
The Doctor aims to add another top result to his previous record of seven back-to-back premier class victories at Mugello from 2002 to 2008, three third places in 2009, 2014 and 2015, a 250cc win in 1999, a second place in 1998, and a 125cc win in 1997.
To mark the team‘s home race in Mugello, the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP t eammates will show off a special livery again this weekend. Similar to the round in Jerez, both Viñales and Rossi‘s YZR-M1s will sport orange ENEOS branding on the lower cowling to highlight the long-standing partnership between Yamaha and JXTG Nippon Oil & Energy (the brand owner of ENEOS), that started in 2012.
The action at the challenging 5.2km circuit will kick off this Friday. Mugello hosted its first MotoGP event back in 1976 and became a permanent fixture in 1991. Soon it became a much beloved circuit amongst riders and engineers, as well as the thousands of enthusiastic fans that cheer them on, thanks to its mixture of uphill and downhill sections, a variety of fast and slow turns (six left, nine right), and its 1141m longest straight at the center of the track, set within beautiful countryside of Tuscany, offering the spectators great views.