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Jun 2, 2019

MotoGP World Championship: Race Results From Mugello (Updated)

Mugello Circuit.

MotoGP Race Lap Record: Marc Marquez, 1:47.639, 2013

MotoGP All Time Lap Record: Marc Marquez, 1:45.519, 2019

2019 FIM MotoGP World Championship

Autodromo Internazionale Del Mugello

Tuscany, Italy

June 2, 2019

Race Results (all on Michelin tires):

1. Danilo Petrucci, Italy (Ducati), 23 laps, Total Race Time 41:33.794

2. Marc Marquez, Spain (Honda), -0.043 second

3. Andrea Dovizioso, Italy (Ducati), -0.338

4. Alex Rins, Spain (Suzuki), -0.535

5. Takaaki Nakagami, Japan (Honda), -6.535 seconds

6. Maverick Vinales, Spain (Yamaha), -7.481

7. Michele Pirro, Italy (Ducati), -13.288

8. Cal Crutchlow, UK (Honda), -13.937

9. Pol Espargaro, Spain (KTM), -16.533

10. Fabio Quartararo, France (Yamaha), -17.994

11. Aleix Espargaro, Spain (Aprilia), -20.523

12. Joan Mir, Spain (Suzuki), -20.544

13. Jorge Lorenzo, Spain (Honda), -20.813

14. Karel Abraham, Czech Republic (Ducati), -27.298

15. Andrea Iannone, Italy (Aprilia), -28.051

16. Miguel Oliveira, Portugal (KTM), -30.101

17. Johann Zarco, France (KTM), -41.857

18. Jack Miller, Australia (Ducati), -8 laps, DNF, crash

19. Francesco Bagnaia, Italy (Ducati), -12 laps, DNF, crash

20. Hafizh Syahrin, Malaysia (KTM), -14 laps, DNF, retired

21. Valentino Rossi, Italy (Yamaha), -16 laps, DNF, crash

22. Franco Morbidelli, Italy (Yamaha), -18 laps, DNF, crash

23. Tito Rabat, Spain (Ducati), -23 laps, DNF, retired

World Championship Point Standings (after 6 of 19 races):

1. Marquez, 115 points

2. Dovizioso, 103

3. Rins, 88

4. Petrucci, 82

5. Rossi, 72

6. TIE, Miller/Crutchlow, 42

8. TIE, Vinales/Nakagami, 40

10. Pol Espargaro, 38

11. Morbidelli, 34

12. Quartararo, 31

13. Aleix Espargaro, 27

14. Lorenzo, 19

15. Mir, 12

16. Zarco, 10

17. TIE, Pirro/Bagnaia, 9

19. Oliveira, 8

20. Iannone, 7

21. Stefan Bradl, 6

22. TIE, Abraham/Syahrin/Rabat, 2

(Above) Danilo Petrucci (9) beat Marc Marquez (93) to the finish line at Mugello to take the first MotoGP race win of his career. Photo courtesy of Dorna/

More, from a press release issued by Red Bull KTM Tech3:

Oliveira delivers brave effort in Italian GP - Syahrin forced to stop early

In an intense 23 laps race at the Autodromo Internazionale del Mugello, Red Bull KTM Tech3’s MotoGP rookie Miguel Oliveira showed a strong performance. The Portuguese was fighting for points all race long and recovered after some difficult first laps to narrowly miss out on P15 on the line.

On the other side of the Red Bull KTM Tech3 garage, Hafizh Syahrin did some strong initial laps as well and was progressing step by step, but unfortunately, the Malaysian had to return to the pits after ten laps as he had a huge moment and didn’t want to risk a crash.

Miguel Oliveira

Position: 16th

Championship: 19th

Points: 8

“It was a tough race in the beginning and hard to manage the bike with the full fuel tank. Then I started to find my pace and it was quite ok during the race. The last five laps where very difficult again, as I was missing grip and I could not manage to attack the points scoring positions. But in general, the gap to the front was not too big and also the one to Pol was not huge. After the tough weekend, I think we didn’t expect to be so competitive in the race, so it was positive. We learned more about the bike and take more experience to Barcelona.”

Hafizh Syahrin

Position: DNF

Championship: 23rd

Points: 2

“I am really disappointed. I felt very good with the bike in the beginning of the race, but in turn nine – the place where Rossi crashed – I had a huge low side and was lucky to save this. I tried to push again, but couldn’t find the same feeling as in the beginning. I wanted to do more laps, but with this feeling it was impossible not to go down, so I decided to retire. It’s a pity, especially because I’m convinced that we could have scored points here, but sometimes this just happens. Even if this was not our day and I’m truly sorry for everybody, we keep working hard for the next race in Montmelo. I hope I can do the same as here and maybe even better. Barcelona is my favorite track, so I will for sure give more than 100 percent again.”

Hervé Poncharal

Team Manager

“To finish a weekend without a point, is always a disappointment, because this is a reward for the hard work of the whole team and the riders. But still I believe, we did a good weekend. We were quite competitive in the race. Hafizh had a big moment and that was a real shame, because until then, that was for sure the best start of the year for him and he could have been fighting for points, but unfortunately lost the front, he tried to stay on track, but was close to crash. He aimed to carry on a bit more, but lost the front a few more times and I understand his idea that is was safer to come in, but it was a huge disappointment as it was by far the best Hafizh we saw since the beginning of the year. Miguel was lapping really consistently. We knew he would be strong all race long, because I think the tyre choice was the best one. We passed quite a few guys, including Johann Zarco and for a part of the race, we were in the points, but unfortunately Abraham was a bit quicker in the end and passed us, which didn’t allow us to score that point, that would have been a decent end to a quite constructive weekend. Nevertheless, we have to remember that the Warm Up crash didn’t help, so for sure, in the early part of the race Miguel was a bit cautious. He’s got a small injury on a finger of his left hand. Ok, this is not, what we want to do, but we were not too far. We saw that Pol Espargaro could finish in front of some top factory guys, so we need to keep on working. Today we finished second of the KTM MotoGP department. Overall, we have mixed feelings, but let’s take the positive ones, gather all the information we have and get more confidence and head to Barcelona with a good feeling, where hopefully we can score points with both of our guys.”

More, from a press release issued by Aprilia Gresini Racing:



As always, the race has the final say on how a MotoGP weekend has gone. And so, the Aprilias were able to come back after difficult qualifiers, both finishing in the points and, especially in Andrea’s case, taking home important indications for the growth of the RS-GP project.

Starting well from the fifth row, but the victim of contact on the first lap, Aleix found himself in a position where he had to come back from 18th place. He did it, establishing a much better feeling with his Aprilia than he had in practice but, despite having a much better pace, he struggled to get past Lorenzo. By the time he succeeded, it was too late to try for better positions that were not that far off. In any case, he finished with a respectable 11th place and sensations that were decidedly more positive than the day before.

Andrea was not intimidated by his starting position and, also aided by a few crashes, began the hunt for a points finish straight away. In the end, his efforts paid off, duelling long and hard with Mir, Zarco and Oliveira and finishing ahead of the latter two. This resumes the path that Andrea had begun which was put on hold with his injury in Jerez.


"I started well, but unfortunately, during the first lap Zarco made some pretty bold contact, causing me to lose time. In terms of pace, I had plenty to battle with Pol and Pirro in the top 10, but despite feeling very good today, I struggled to overtake. It’s a pity. Without the initial contact, a top-ten finish would most certainly have been within our potential. The conditions were demanding today. It was very hot and there wasn’t much grip and, considering our starting position, the 20-second gap behind the leader is a good result."


"I am rather satisfied, especially with the pace in the early part of the race. Starting so far behind, I was able to battle and make up a lot of ground, even on Aleix who is certainly my point of reference. Unfortunately, on the final laps with Mir and Zarco, we held one another up, losing time and also letting those who were behind us get close. This was clearly not the Mugello I expected, but our goal is long-term - to get to know the bike better and better and to develop it."

More, from a press release issued by PETRONAS Yamaha SRT:

Top ten form continues for Quartararo at Italian GP

French rider places tenth at Mugello, whilst team-mate Franco Morbidelli suffers a crash on lap 6.



PETRONAS Yamaha Sepang Racing Team had a bittersweet Sunday at the Italian GP. Fabio Quartararo added another top ten finish to his tally after starting from second on the grid, consistently maintaining his position throughout the 23-lap race. Franco Morbidelli suffered a crash on the sixth lap when in ninth position.

Quartararo has now placed inside the top ten on four occasions this season, with his latest coming with a tenth place at Mugello. The Frenchman had a difficult start, in which he lost several positions, but recovered thanks to his solid race pace, reaching the second group and battling amongst them for much of the race. He occupies 12th in the overall standings with 31 points, and is the top rookie in the premier class.

Morbidelli was forced to retire from the race after an early crash, losing the front end of his bike when coming into Turn 15 of the sixth lap. He was in ninth place when the incident occurred, and could not remount. He is 11th in the MotoGP World Championship with 34 points.

The next challenge for the PETRONAS Yamaha SRT riders will be the Catalan GP, which will take place at the Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit from June 14th -16th.

Razlan Razali - Team Principal

"In MotoGP we have mixed feelings about the race today. Franco Morbidelli was doing very well, until he crashed, but we are happy with his performance. We're also happy with the tenth position for Fabio Quartararo, because the goal for him is still to be the best rookie in the class. Clearly we weren't able to match the fastest bikes on the straight today, but we move on and take the positives. We have learned a lot and we have seen our two riders riding with the frontrunners. Now we have to prepare for Catalonia.

In Moto2, we expected a little more at Mattia Pasini’s home GP. However, 11th place is still the best result we have achieved since we came into Moto2 and we are very satisfied with this.

In Moto3, we made some good comebacks. John McPhee did great job to go from 17th position to 6th, fighting with the top riders throughout the race. Ayumu Sasaki improved a lot this Sunday, but he also had very bad luck. The crash that happened in front of him was impossible for him to avoid and he couldn't finish, but it's been a positive GP for him."

Wilco Zeelenberg - Team Manager

"We've learned a lot from today's race. In this World Championship there are at least 15 riders who can fight for the podium. In practice we are clearly part of that group, but we have to be realistic. We finished tenth with Fabio and Franco crashed. We were in the group, but we weren't able to fight until the end. It's good to have picked up points and I think we showed good performance in practice, but we must improve in the race."

#21 Franco Morbidelli

"I had a good start for the first few metres, but then I lost a lot of ground for some reason. After that I started to recover, and little-by-little I felt faster. However, on the sixth lap I made a mistake on the last corner and I lost the front end. It was a shame because I was going fast, and I think I could have fought for a place in the top five. It's been a good weekend in any case. We suffered on Friday but we were fast on Saturday, and at least over the first five or six laps today we showed great potential. I'm looking forward to the Catalan GP."

#20 Fabio Quartararo

"I struggled right from the beginning. My start wasn't bad, but I did a small wheelie that made me lose several positions. As the race progressed, the front tyre pressure increased a lot and unfortunately I couldn't find a good feeling with the front. Our pace during the weekend was good, but we couldn't get a great result. The goal is to be the best rookie, and today we achieved that. I don't want to rush and I want to go step-by-step. Now we are going to Barcelona, which is one of my favourite circuits and I can't wait to ride there with a MotoGP bike."

More, from a press release issued LCR Honda Idemitsu:


Takaaki Nakagami produced a brilliant ride to take fifth place at the Italian Grand Prix, his best-ever finish in the MotoGP class. Starting from tenth on the grid, the LCR Honda IDEMITSU star was composed and consistent throughout as he finished as the top independent rider on a memorable day at Mugello.

Having struggled with his starts in previous rounds, Taka made a good getaway on Sunday as he moved into sixth position by the first corner. He remained part of the leading group for much of the race, before a group of four riders pulled clear at the front. But the LCR man showed impressive speed to move past his rivals in the battle for fifth and held that position to claim the most notable result of his career so far.

Takaaki Nakagami – 5th

“It was an amazing day and an amazing race. I was really strong from the start and I know that this is a weak point for me. In all the races after a couple of laps I’ve dropped positions and then fight back in the middle and at the end. But today, I was really strong at the beginning of the race and then tried to keep the position. At the end I knew that (Maverick) Vinales was really pushing hard, but I never gave up and fought hard. It’s the best result for me, I was the second Honda and fifth place is amazing. I didn’t expect it, it’s a fantastic weekend for me and I want to thank the team who did a really great job all weekend, the bike worked really well.”

More, from a press release issued by LCR Honda Castrol:


Cal Crutchlow had to settle for an eighth-place finish at the Italian Grand Prix on what proved a disappointing day for the LCR Honda CASTROL rider at Mugello. Starting from sixth on the grid, the Briton had high hopes to challenge for the podium after making a superb start at the legendary Italian circuit.

Crutchlow moved into second spot by the first corner, but things went downhill from that point. Around the midway point of the race the LCR man started to suffer with rear tyre issues and gradually fell away from the lead group. He battled hard to ensure he finished in the points, but could not hide his disappointment afterwards having seen another promising opportunity pass him by.

Cal Crutchlow – 8th

“Today was a very difficult day, quite possibly my worst race of the season. Again I was in the front group, but then got dropped from the front group which has not normally happened to me in previous years. I had a bad feeling with the bike when I was changing direction, which was happening all weekend, and I was not able to be competitive in that area. Then with about 14 laps remaining I felt a big drop in the rear tyre and was unable to keep my pace throughout the rest of the race. After the race we assessed the situation with the team and Michelin and found an unusual rubber wear on the rear tyre. So we’ll continue to evaluate it and I’m sure Michelin will investigate why this happened. I’m pleased to finish and get some points on a tough day, but that’s not where I need to finish at all.”

More, from a press release issued by Monster Energy Yamaha:


Scarperia (Italy), 2nd June 2019



Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP‘s Maverick Viñales secured a hard-fought sixth place today in a hot and challenging Gran Premio d‘Italia Oakley. Valentino Rossi suffered an NC, his first this season, due to an unlucky crash on lap 7.



Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP‘s Maverick Viñales showed great stamina and character in today‘s sweltering Gran Premio d‘Italia Oakley, riding back from a provisional 12th to take sixth place at the chequered flag. Valentino Rossi was fortunately unharmed but unable to continue after an unlucky fall on lap 7.

Starting from P7, Viñales lost a few positions in the tussle of entering the first corner and settled in twelfth position. After a few laps he gained two places and tucked in behind fellow Yamaha rider Fabio Quartararo, hoping to join the rider group of nine in front.

With relentless focus he reeled them in and tapped them on the back lying in ninth place when Francesco Bagnaia crashed out with 11 laps to go. But soon the group was pulled apart again. The Spaniard, however, used his experience and kept his head cool. Like he predicted yesterday, he managed the tyres and used his great physical fitness to bring a strong challenge to the riders ahead of him in the final stages.

With eight laps to go he gained a place as Jack Miller ended up in the gravel, which was the no.12 rider's cue to start his late charge. Over the next two laps he overtook Quartararo and Crutchlow, moving up to sixth place. With an over 1s-gap to the rival in front of him, the Yamaha man pushed to the max but was unable to inch close enough. He finished sixth, 7.481s from first.

Rossi had a decent start from P18 and, despite the flurry of activity in the busy rider field, gained two positions before crossing the line for the first time. The home hero began his chase, showing good pace, but with 19 laps to go he had to do the work all over again. Having taken 15th from Jorge Lorenzo, he was in the groove but clipped the rear of Joan Mir going into Turn 4 and had to skillfully steer his YZR-M1 through the gravel trap. He rejoined the track in 22nd place.

The Doctor soon moved up a position again as a rival crashed out, but it wasn't to last. Bad luck struck twice when he restarted his hunt. He suffered a crash in Turn 9 with 16 laps to go and was unable to continue his home GP.

Today's unlucky 0-point finish pushed Rossi down to fifth position in the championship standings, with a 43-point gap to first. Viñales‘ sixth place result moves him up from tenth to eighth in the rankings, with a 75-point margin to the top. Yamaha is now fourth in the constructor standings, whilst Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP continues to hold third in the team classification.

The team will be back on the track in two weeks‘ time for the Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya, held at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.



“Naturally we are very disappointed. We knew this weekend was going to be really difficult, but we had higher hopes for our team‘s home GP than the results we got today. We have to give credit to Maverick though. His start was far from ideal, but he fought his way back to sixth, which was realistically the best could do, considering his race pace. Valentino had a nightmare of a day… It was going to be hard starting from 18th on the grid, but the incidents on track ended his race. All in all, it's a GP to forget for him. We as a team, however, will be doing the opposite: we have to learn from this and find something for the next race in Catalunya in two weeks‘ time.”


"Today I struggled a lot. I had no feeling with the bike during the race and the tyres were very slippery. I tried to push in the correct way and manage the tyres in the best way I could, but anyway it wasn't enough. I don't think we should be on the level of getting sixth places, we need to push more. I really don't know what to expect for Montmeló. For sure, during the practices we can be there, but in the race it's a different story. Our bike suffers a lot when we don't have grip. So, we need to keep working to see if we can improve the feeling and take steps forward."


"It was a very difficult weekend, because I was always very slow. We expected to be more competitive, so it was difficult to manage. We also made some mistakes in the practice: I made a mistake in FP3 and because of it I started very far towards the back of the grid. In the race, my pace wasn't fantastic. I tried to overtake Mir, but he tried to defend his position, and unfortunately we touched. Luckily, we didn't crash, but we went onto the gravel. After that I tried to push to recover and I lost the front and crashed, so it's a bad end to a difficult weekend, especially since it's in Mugello. But that's the way it is. We will try to do better."

More, from a press release issued by Red Bull KTM:


MotoGP 2019 Round 6 of 19, Mugello (ITA) - RACE

For the second Grand Prix in a row Red Bull KTM were able to take another top ten MotoGP finish thanks to Pol Espargaro’s battling performance around a hot and fast Mugello circuit to capture 9th position. Johann Zarco opted for a strategic tyre choice and finished 17th.

The hottest day of the Gran Premio D’Italia at Mugello saw ambient temperatures top 30 degrees and hit a track figure of 50 degrees for 23 fast and demanding laps of the Italian course for the sixth MotoGP fixture of the season.

Starting from 11th on the grid, Pol Espargaro attached the #44 machine to the back of the second group and fought with other factory riders on the fringes of the top ten. Crashes for the likes of Francesco Bagnaia and Jack Miller opened up the dispute for the top of the leaderboard and Pol maintained his speed in fine fashion. The Spaniard attacked Fabio Quartararo on the final lap and passed the Frenchman for 9th place: his fourth result inside the top ten this season and – once more – a much faster total race time compared to 2018.

Johann Zarco chose a Soft rear tyre in order to circulate at his best speed in the first half of the race. The Frenchman suffered in the last stages as the grip level of the rubber deteriorated in the heat and he classified 17th; nevertheless with more understanding and information of his #5 machine ahead of the next round in Catalunya which will be followed by two days of testing.

Red Bull KTM Tech3’s Miguel Oliveira just missed the points with 16th spot by the chequered flag. Teammate Hafizh Syahrin pulled into the pits after several near-crashes and chose not to complete the race.

Pol Espargaro: “We knew our position would be around 7-10 and we were not expecting these temperatures. With the Medium tyre we were in a very low grip situation and we knew our job would be a little bit harder. I was fighting a lot at the beginning of the race with [Franco] Morbidelli, [Alex] Rins even and [Fabio] Quartararo. It was hard, hot and with many changes of direction. It was a physical track and we saw many riders by the end were dropping and we could keep our pace. Anyway we were fourteen seconds faster in our total race time in 2018 and in the end I think we can be happy.”

Johann Zarco: “I wanted a bit more consistency so I chose the Soft tyre but by the end it was finished. I wanted to be able to fight at the beginning and understand what my opponents can do better than me or not. I was able to get some good information even though I suffered at the end of the race and I finished slowly. We know we are suffering and I must wait to have some new things on the bike. I know I need to change my style but even by trying to do this I have the same limits as before. We can only get better from here and now I have six months experience. I think the team has good information for the way to work.”

Miguel Oliveira: “It was a tough race in the beginning and hard to manage the bike with the full fuel tank. Then I started to find my pace and it was quite OK. The last five laps where very difficult again as I was missing grip and I could not manage to attack the points scoring positions. But, in general, the gap to the front was not too big and also the one to Pol was not huge. After the tough weekend, I think we didn’t expect to be so competitive in the race, so it was positive.”

Hafizh Syahrin: “I felt very good with the bike in the beginning of the race but in Turn 9 I had a huge low side and was lucky to save this. I tried to push again but couldn’t find the same feeling as in the beginning. I wanted to do more laps but with this feeling it was impossible not to go down, so I decided to retire. It’s a pity, especially because I’m convinced that we could have scored points here but sometimes this just happens. Even if this was not our day and I’m truly sorry for everybody, we keep working hard for the next race. Barcelona is my favourite track, so I will for sure give more than 100 percent again.”

Mike Leitner, Red Bull KTM Team Manager: “A top ten was the target for us and we achieved that here with Pol, which was very good. A positive point was that the bike had good potential all weekend. Mugello and Barcelona have been difficult tracks for us in the past and with our current package, so to make the top ten so far is very good. With Johann we made some improvement on Friday but he crashed on Saturday and took a gamble with tyre choice for the race, and the Soft rear could not stay until the end. We’ll be looking forward to trying for another top ten in Catalunya.”

More, from a press release issued by Team Suzuki ECSTAR:


Alex Rins: 4th (+ 0.535)

Joan Mir: 12th (+ 20.544)

• Alex Rins fights back at the front for 4th.

•Joan Mir overcomes setback for great 12th.

•Team SUZUKI ECSTAR acknowledge achievements after hard work.

The usual electric atmosphere filled the hills around Mugello Circuit for the 6th round of the 2019 MotoGP Championship, and a thrilling race was witnessed by 84,000 excited fans.

In the morning warm-up session both Joan Mir and Alex Rins found useful improvements and placed themselves 2nd and 4th respectively, providing an extra confidence boost for the pair ahead of the race.

The sizzling circuit saw Alex and Joan start on the hard-medium combination for the 23-lap battle. The Spanish duo both made impressive starts from their tricky grid positions; Rins quickly slotted into 7th, while Mir was 13th.

Class rookie Mir was looking confident and keen to progress but just a few laps into the race he was hit from behind and taken into the gravel trap. After rejoining the track, the youngster was determined to prove his pace once again, he kept his head down and managed a great 12th place at the finish line.

Just one lap into the race, Rins was already up with the top group and ready to do battle. With 14 laps to go he had impressively taken the lead, and it became clear that he was ready for another strong result. An intense fight among the top four saw Alex stay close to the victory, and the title hopeful crossed the line in a very useful 4th place - holding onto 3rd in the championship standings.

Ken Kawauchi - Technical Manager

“Alex did an excellent job considering the grid position yesterday, he put together a great race. I want to apologise to him because it was hard to keep up with the others on the long straight, we have improved the bike and we will continue to work hard for this. Joan picked up some points today and he did a very good race, without the runoff it could have been even better, so we’re happy with the work he did today.”

Davide Brivio - Team Manager

“Alex did a really great race, recovering so well from 13th position on the grid. We’re slightly disappointed for him, because he did everything he could, and it was not enough to stay right with the others. But we know how competitive we are, and there are some other circuits which will suit us better. Anyway, we’re really pleased with this 4th place. Joan started from 20th and he did a great job, getting into points scoring positions, until he had the coming together with Valentino which cost him a lot. But he did so well to recover 12th place. It’s been positive for both riders today.”

Alex Rins

“I don’t think I could have had a better result with a better grid position, I recovered a lot of places on the first lap, but I was losing a lot of time on the straight. We knew it would be a tricky part of the track for us, and it’s a bit of a pity. But I gave 100% and pushed really hard, I tried to pass Dovizioso on the last corner, but he had a bit more traction than me. Anyway, I’m happy with this 4th and it all helps with the championship!”

Joan Mir

“I’m glad to pick up some points today, even if it wasn’t in the position that I wanted or that I felt I could achieve with my potential this weekend. The touch between Valentino and I cost me around seven seconds, and that’s what prevented me from getting a Top 10 finish. Anyway, I want to thank the team for all the great work done this weekend, I feel good and I know the results will come.”

More, from a press release issued by Mission Winnow Ducati:

 Superb win by Danilo Petrucci at the Italian Grand Prix, Ducati reigns at Mugello for the third year in a row; Andrea Dovizioso (3rd) also on the podium. Michele Pirro in 7th

The Mission Winnow Ducati team enjoyed a Sunday to remember at the Mugello Circuit with Danilo Petrucci claiming the win at the Italian Grand Prix – his maiden victory in MotoGP – in a sprint finish to the line ahead of his teammate Andrea Dovizioso, third under the checkered flag, only three tenths of a second behind. For Ducati, this is the third win in a row at its home GP after those claimed by Dovizioso and Lorenzo in 2017 and 2018 respectively, an extraordinary result celebrated also by the many fans who filled the Ducati Grandstands to capacity.

Starting from first row, Petrucci immediately joined the leading group together with Dovizioso, who got off to a great start from third row and entered turn 1 in third position. Both riders exchanged overtaking moves repeatedly and towards the end, with only four riders left fighting for the victory, Petrucci defended the lead to precede Márquez on the finish line by only 43 thousandths of a second, with Dovizioso third quickly in tow. Michele Pirro took seventh place as a wild-card, mounting a strong comeback despite an issue with his forearm to recover many positions in the second half of the race.

Danilo Petrucci (#9 Mission Winnow Ducati) – 1st

"I really wanted this victory and when I realized the pace at the front wasn't too fierce and I was able to manage my rhythm in the leading group, I told myself it was the right time to go for it. I tried to control the race by staying in the lead to avoid the risk of losing too many positions in the battle, dictating the pace to preserve the energies and the tyres for the final rush. I was a bit worried about the slipstream as we entered the final lap, but I managed to brake really deep and find a small gap between Andrea and Marc to retake the lead, then I simply pushed as hard as I could until the checkered flag. A good chunk of this win came thanks to Andrea, who took me under his wing this winter and gave so many precious tips. Now we'll keep fighting together for the championship."

Andrea Dovizioso (#04 Mission Winnow Ducati) – 3rd

"It's been a really exciting race, as it's often the case here at Mugello. Until the very last lap, everything went to plan. I got off to a great start and I put myself in a good position to manage the tyres, staying always within the top three despite the many overtakes in the leading group. My plan was to seize the lead at the beginning of the last lap, but I had to pick up the bike out of turn one to avoid contact and I lost positions and points. I'm a bit disappointed because of that, but also very happy for Danilo, who really deserved this win. It would have been better to score a one-two finish, but Márquez was very competitive also here. As for us, we struggled a bit early on in the weekend but once again we managed to stay in contention until the very end during the race. We want more and we'll keep working to improve."

Michele Pirro (#51 Mission Winnow Ducati) – 7th

"The most important thing is that we won again at Mugello, for the third time in a row, because we couldn't take it for granted. As for me, I'm a bit disappointed because today during the race my Desmosedici GP was really competitive, but unfortunately I faced an issue with my forearm in the early laps, which slowed me down. Then, I simply tried to stay calm and I managed to climb back to seventh. I want to thank Ducati because, after last year's big crash on this track, we've done a great job together and I'm confident I'll be back to top form soon."

Claudio Domenicali, CEO of Ducati Motor Holding S.p.A.

"Winning is always fantastic, but to do it here at Mugello really has a special meaning. It's our home race, and on this wonderful track we can always count on the support of so many people from our company and thousands of passionate ducatisti. Until a few laps to go, we had as many as four bikes fighting for top positions. Danilo probably had a bit of an edge today, but both our factory riders fought for the win until the very last inch and I believe that Andrea deserves part of the credit for this victory, as he was the first to highlight Danilo's potential and he took him under his wing, doing a really excellent job."

Luigi Dall'Igna, Ducati Corse General Manager

"We all must be proud of the work done, because winning three times in a row at Mugello, in front of so many Ducati fans, is a dream come true. Danilo was really phenomenal, he rode a fantastic last lap, with an incredible pass at the beginning, and I'm really happy he took his maiden MotoGP win at his home race. I'm sorry for Andrea, who couldn't pass Márquez back before the checkered flag, but he rode a fantastic race as well and a podium is always a great result. I want to congratulate myself with all three of them, because they really put on a show."

After six rounds, Dovizioso is still second in the Riders standings with 103 points – 12 shy of the lead – while Petrucci climbs to fourth with 82. Ducati is second among Manufacturers with 115 points, while the Mission Winnow Ducati team leads the Team rankings with 185 points.

The Mission Winnow Ducati team will resume action in two weeks' time at Montmeló for the Grand Prix of Catalunya, scheduled for June 14-16 on the track just outside Barcelona (Spain).

More, from a press release issued by Michelin:


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Michelin saw the 11th different winner on its tyres since returning to MotoGP™ in 2016 as Danilo Petrucci (Mission Winnow Ducati) took victory in an exciting Gran Premio d’Italia Oakley from the Autodromo Internazionale del Mugello in Italy.

The 5,425m Mugello circuit has been a demanding venue all weekend, not just because of its layout, but this year the surface was more abrasive and had a lot more bumps than recent years. This meant tyre consumption was increased and the choice for today’s race was a very important decision, one which saw five of the six available MICHELIN Power Slick compounds being used.

Reigning World Champion Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) started from pole position after a stunning qualifying on Saturday saw him smash the outright lap-record with a time of 1’45.519, he got the holeshot and led for the first four laps, but then a fantastic race unfolded which saw four different leaders throughout the remaining 19-laps. The battle at the front witnessed a train of many riders all challenging for the lead, with Marquez, Petrucci, Andrea Dovizioso (Mission Winnow Ducati) and Alex Rins (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR) all taking turns in first place. The riders pushed their respective Michelin rubber to the limit in the hot conditions, as temperatures reached almost 50°C on track numerous overtaking manoeuvres were completed as the riders battled to get supremacy over their adversaries. A final lap encounter decided the result as the leaders went into turn one together, before Petrucci came out in front, Marquez was second and Dovizioso pushing hard in third, despite efforts from the two chasing riders these positions stayed the same to the flag and Petrucci took his maiden victory, making him the fourth winner of the season and the eleventh since Michelin made a return to MotoGP. Marquez’s second place helped increase his lead in the championship, whilst Dovizioso had the reward of recording 356.7Km/h through the start/finish speed trap this weekend, which is the highest speed ever recorded in MotoGP and one that also highlights the stability and straight-line performance of the MICHELIN Power Slick tyres.

Michelin’s whole range of slick tyres were tried in the practice sessions, as the field worked to find the best pairing for their respective machines, the high temperatures and challenging surface made today’s race a real test for the rubber, but performance, grip and consistency were on show throughout the whole race, with the fastest circulation coming on lap-15 from Jack Miller (Pramac Racing) as he narrowly missed setting a new record despite the poor condition of the track. A crowd of 83,761 bathed in the warm sun and were treated to not just the battle at the front, but other encounters throughout the field. Rins was fourth over the line, with Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda) recording his best finish in the MotoGP class with fifth place and the title of First Independent Rider. Maverick Viñales (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) took sixth, with wild-card and Ducati Test Rider Michele Pirro (Mission Winnow Ducati) finishing in an impressive seventh. Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) was eighth, Pol Espagaro (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) was ninth – making five different manufacturers in the top-nine – with Fabio Quatararo (Petronas Yamaha SRT) in tenth.

Michelin will now head to Spain for the Catalunya Grand Prix at Montmelo near Barcelona on Sunday 16th June, an event which will also see the second in-season official test of the year take place on the Monday after the race.

Danilo Petrucci – Mission Winnow Ducati:

“The tyres were just perfect for the whole race. We almost did the fastest lap and the end of a very fast race. The point was that until this morning I was trying to do the race with the soft tyre and in the end we did the race with the medium and some also used the hard, so the really good point was that all three rear tyres could be used in the race, which is unbelievable because yesterday we did lap-record pace with that soft tyre and today you can use it in the race. If the temperature had been a bit cooler like yesterday, I would have felt better about using the soft for the race, which was the same as the one I used for the time attack in qualifying, which is a very good point for me. I had no issues with the front tyre. It is really good and we can brake hard, you need to understand the tyre, but when you do it is amazing as it lets you push right until the last lap.”

Piero Taramasso – Michelin Motorsport Two-Wheel Manager:

“Today was a fantastic spectacle to what has been both a very tough, but also extremely rewarding weekend. The whole array of tyres were used in the practices and five of the compounds were raced today. The track was in poor condition compared to last year, but the tyres all worked well and we had some very fast lap-times, plus a new outright lap-record, the fastest speed from a MotoGP bike and the race was 10-seconds quicker than last year. We have learned a lot though and will need to look at how the tyres behaved in the race and reassess the compounds for next season to take into account the extra abrasiveness. Overall we are very pleased and now we head to Catalunya for another important race and a test on the Monday where we will be trying some tyres for 2020.”

More, from a press release issued by Repsol Honda:

Marquez fights fiercely for Italian GP second, Lorenzo grabs more points

Just 0.043s separated Marc Marquez from victory at an explosive Italian GP as his Repsol Honda Team teammate Jorge Lorenzo collected more world championship points.

The hottest conditions of the weekend, the track at almost 50°C, awaited the MotoGP World Championship as they 23-rider field lined up for the Gran Premio d’Italia Oakley. From a record-breaking pole position, Marc Marquez made a perfect launch to lead from fellow Honda rider Cal Crutchlow.

A race-long battle for victory saw Marquez fending off Petrucci, Dovizioso and Rins for the majority of the race. In true Mugello style it all came down to the final lap of the race, the reigning world champion saving himself for a late attack. A small mistake at San Donato opened a gap to Petrucci that was fractionally too big to close, Marquez taking second by 0.043s as they roared across the line.

With a haul of 20 points, Marquez extends his championship lead to 12 points over Dovizioso. Honda have a six point advantage over Ducati in the Constructor Championship.

A strong launch off the line saw Jorge Lorenzo move into 15th on the opening lap and with some clear space on track. Able to lap consistently, Lorenzo was able to avoid trouble and steadily gained positions during the course of the race. Crossing the line in 13th, Lorenzo picks up more valuable championship points and experience on the RC213V.

LCR Honda Rider Takaaki Nakagami achieved his best finish to date on the Honda RC213V, crossing the line in fifth and as the first Independent Team rider.

The MotoGP World Championship now enjoys a week off before the Catalan GP, the home race of both Jorge Lorenzo and championship leader Marc Marquez. There’s not long to wait until the lights go out on the Catalan GP on Sunday, June 16.

Marc Marquez


“Today was time to defend, and we did it in the best way we could because usually this is not one of our best circuits. I stayed calm and waited to try something in the last lap. I was able to try but I missed the apex on the first corner and then both Ducati overtook me. Petrucci rode very well at the front today, congratulations to him. My goal was to finish in front of Dovizioso and Rins and we did this so I’m happy. Also congratulations to my brother Alex, he had a great race today too. As always, thanks to the Repsol Honda Team as they have worked hard to allow us to fight for victory here.”

Jorge Lorenzo


“Today was more or less what we expected. I didn’t have the pace and wasn’t as comfortable on the bike to be more competitive. We made a change in the Warm Up and it improved some areas. Not better or worse than we expected but neither myself nor Honda give up on making progress and finding a solution together. Now I will go to Japan to work with Honda on some improvements to come back stronger.”

More, from a press release issued by Pramac Racing:

#ItalianGP Race. Thanks anyway guys! Jack and Pecco crashes after being great protagonists in a fantastic race won by a stunning Petrux.

It was an extraordinary Mugello. A great race that made everyone excited. Jack fights great with the leading group, challenging first Marquez then Petrucci, Dovizioso and Rins. His race pace is competitive and on lap 15 he set the best time. Then unfortunately he crashes at turn 5.

Pecco's start is not incisive but the Italian rider is very good at recovering positions on positions. On lap 2 he is 11th after having passed Vinales, and on lap 8 he passes Nakagami to conquer the 7th position. Bagnaia got close to the leading group but he crashed when he seemed able to overtake Crutchlow.

DNF – Pecco Bagnaia

It's a shame we couldn't finish the race. Our goal was to stay in the Top 10 and the race pace was very good. I am still satisfied because in the last three races we have made great steps forward. We'll try again in Barcelona.

DNF – Jack Miller

It was a very exciting race. I was with the front group and it was a fantastic battle. The feeling with the bike was very good and I started to push after seeing Petrucci and Marquez trying to make the gap. I tried to overtake Rins but then I crashed.

More, from a press release issued by Dorna:

Good things come to those who race: Petrucci storms Mugello for first Grand Prix win

The Italian holds off Marquez to paint the Tuscan venue red for the third year in a row

Sunday, 02 June 2019

There's a new Grand Prix winner in town: Danilo Petrucci (Mission Winnow Ducati), on his 124th start in the premier class, has taken to the top step for the first time after a near-perfect performance to give Ducati their third win in a row at Mugello, holding off reigning Champion Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) to cross the line just 0.043 clear at the chequered flag. Andrea Dovizioso (Mission Winnow Ducati) completed the podium in his 300th Grand Prix.

It was Marquez who took the holeshot from pole, but the headline-grabber as the lights went out was Dovizioso as the Italian shot off the line from P9 with a perfect start and was into a stunning third – behind Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda Castrol) – into Turn 1. Petrucci dropped to fifth, the two Petronas Yamaha SRTs of Fabio Quartararo and Franco Morbidelli also lost out, and Jack Miller (Pramac Racing) moved up. Alex Rins (Team Suzuki Ecstar) was also on the move, threading his way into the fight at the front after starting in 13th. At the front though, it only took one lap for Dovizioso and Petrucci to tag onto the back of Marquez as they swooped through on Crutchlow in quick succession.

The question was, could the reigning Champion bolt? And the answer was no. It remained a train of riders at the front, with nine within two seconds, but home eyes were also trained elsewhere as Valentino Rossi (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) ran on, as did rookie Joan Mir (Team Suzuki Ecstar), and the two were forced into a quick trip across the gravel – rejoining at the back. The race was on and Mir would recover for points, but it ended early for the 'Doctor' as he then slid out of contention at Turn 9 – a tough end to a tough weekend.

Back at the front though, the fight was feisty and slowly but surely, a front quintet of Petrucci, Marquez, Dovizioso, Miller and Rins were able to pull away. Drama then hit Miller though as he suddenly crashed out – not long after teammate Francesco Bagnaia had done the same – and then there were four.

That was how it would remain, with Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda Idemitsu) the next man down the road but the Japanese rider unable to close in. With five laps to go there was nothing between the foursome, and despite the chopping and changing, it was Petrucci who'd been at the front since Lap 11 to assert some authority on his charge at the win – with 'DesmoDovi' then taking over from Marquez in second. Sure enough, the number 04 struck against his teammate at Turn 1 with four to go, but he couldn't pull away – and Petrucci soon hit back. He held on in the lead next time around into San Donato too, and again, until the high speed chess game arrived at the final lap.

Dovizioso slipstreamed past his teammate on the final full speed dash down the straight, but Marquez did one better and managed to take both, the Honda man ahead into Turn 1 for the final time. But he headed a little wide and Dovizioso took the inside line – but he was wide as well. Enter Petrucci, with the number 9 spotting the gap and slicing past both as Dovi had to then sit up and cede second to Marquez. The task for 'Petrux' was then easier said than done: defend the lead of his first home Grand Prix in factory colours from the most notorious last lap lunger. But that's what he did.

He needed the lap of his life and that's exactly what he delivered, just out of reach of Marquez and emerging from the final corner still ahead as Dovi tried to find a way past Marquez. But there wasn't one, and the Turn 1 shuffle would prove decisive as Petrucci escaped Marquez who escaped Dovi on the run to the line – and the number 04 Ducati even came under threat from Rins into the final corner. But the Suzuki man couldn't stick with the Borgo Panigale power, and one of the races of the season saw Petrucci make some history, Marquez gaining a little ground in the Championship and Dovizioso forced to settle for third on his 300th Grand Prix start. For all his help and support, however, Petrucci did dedicate the win to his compatriot.

Behind Rins' stellar ride to fourth, Nakagami pulled out an ace on race day to take his best ever premier class finish as he completed the top five – and as top Independent Team rider to boot. Maverick Viñales (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) gained some ground late on to claim sixth, with wildcard Michele Pirro (Mission Winnow Ducati) a late mover as well as he came home seventh. Crutchlow slipped to eighth, with Pol Espargaro (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) taking P9 after another impressive weekend that included KTM's highest finish in a Free Practice session and direct entry into Q2.

Fabio Quartararo, who lost out after his stunning qualifying session, crossed the line tenth but once again took home a good little haul of points to keep his supreme run in the fight for Rookie of the Year, with Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) taking P11 on Noale factory home turf. Mir recovered to 12th and got past Jorge Lorenzo (Repsol Honda Team), with Karel Abraham (Reale Avintia Racing) and Andrea Iannone (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) completing the points.

That's it from the stunning Mugello, with Petrucci now a Grand Prix winner and arriving into the next race with his place in the Ducati history books secured. The mission now for the Mission Winnow Ducati teammates? Stop Marquez. But it's the reigning Champion's turf up next and he arrives 12 points clear...don't miss the Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya in two weeks.

Double delight: Marquez takes first back-to-back Moto2™ wins

Spaniard follows up Le Mans with another imperious performance and moves within two points of the top

Alex Marquez (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) took back-to-back wins in the intermediate class for the first time in Mugello, with the Spaniard repeating his Le Mans pace to pull away into clear air in the lead and leave Italy only two points off the Championship lead. Luca Marini (Sky Racing Team VR46) put in an impressive performance on home turf to take his first podium of the season in second, with Tom Lüthi (Dynavolt Intact GP) completing the podium.

It was Lüthi who took the holeshot from second on the grid, with he and teammate Marcel Schrötter taking control of the first few laps and trying to make a break for it. And that they did, initially, but after five laps Marquez, from third on the grid, was homing in and bringing Marini and Jorge Navarro (MB Conveyors Speed Up) along for the ride. The number 73 didn't waste time getting past Schrötter, and Marini then duelled the German before making it stick.

That had given Lüthi and Marquez the chance to make a small break for it, just under a second clear, but Marquez had his eyes on the lead. Nine laps down, Marquez made it a Mugello classic as he slipstreamed Lüthi down the start finish straight and took over at the front at Turn 1.

From there he never looked back, pulling clear of those on the chase as Marini edged closer to Lüthi and eyed a move. Once past though, the clock was running out for the Italian and he couldn't match Marquez, with the French GP winner crossing the line in clear air for another dominant win. For Marini though it marks a return to the podium for the first time this season, and the Sky Racing Team VR46 rider also said it marked a big turnaround in how he felt on the bike. Lüthi, ever-consistent, completed the podium to make it three riders now within four points at the top of the Championship.

The man still at the top of those standings despite a more difficult home Grand Prix than likely expected, Lorenzo Baldassarri (Flexbox HP 40), put together a brilliant recovery to move through from the fifth row to P4 by the flag. His teammate, Augusto Fernandez, was three tenths behind in fifth place, ahead of Italtrans Racing Team’s Enea Bastianini in sixth, a career best finish in Moto2™ as he came home top rookie. Navarro and Schrötter eventually slipped back to seventh and eighth respectively, with Sam Lowes (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2) and Fabio Di Giannantonio (MB Conveyors Speed Up) rounded out the top ten despite the Italian being involved in some first lap drama and heading a little wide early on.

2017 winner Mattia Pasini (Petronas Sprinta Racing) took P12, with the points completed by Xavi Vierge (EG 0,0 Marc VDS), Remy Gardner and teammate Tetsuta Nagashima (ONEXOX TKKR SAG Team), and Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo).

That's all she wrote at Mugello in the intermediate class, and it's Marquez on a roll as we next head to his home round at Catalunya. Can he take over at the top on home turf and take the points lead from Baldassarri for the first time all year? Find out on June 9th.

Arbolino times his attack to perfection to take first win

Italian takes to the top step for the first time on home soil

There’s no place like home and in front of the loud, proud and partisan crowd at Mugello, polesitter Tony Arbolino (VNE Snipers) pitched it to perfection to pip compatriot Lorenzo Dalla Porta (Leopard Racing) to the line in the Gran Premio d’Italia Oakley, winning his first Grand Prix by just 0.029 in a classic Moto3™ melee. Behind the home duo, Jaume Masia (Bester Capital Dubai) left it late to make his charge for the front, completing the podium in third and still within hundredths of the win.

Gabriel Rodrigo (Kömmerling Gresini Moto3) got the best start off the front row, but Arbolino was quick to hit back and the Italian took over at the front through Turn 1 as Rodrigo headed a bit wide and the battle began. One serious mover off the start proved John McPhee (Petronas Sprinta Racing) as the Brit shot up from 17th on the grid into the top five, but as is always the case at Mugello it was a group affair at the front.

Tatsuki Suzuki (SIC58 Squadra Corse), Rodrigo, Dalla Porta, McPhee and Arbolino were the key names at the sharp end as the squabbling began, but there was early heartbreak for one not long after as Rodrigo crashed out. That created a bit of breathing space for Dalla Porta, Arbolino and Suzuki but it didn’t take long for it to re-form into a group.

With 14 laps to go, Niccolo Antonelli (SIC58 Squadra Corse) was the man on the move. Starting down in P18 after having his fastest Q2 lap cancelled on Saturday, the Italian had crossed the line at the end of Lap 1 even further down the order in P21. But lap by lap he moved forward, set a fastest lap and was the man leading the second group before breaking away from it and catching those ahead. At the same time, it looked like Dalla Porta had managed to break away in the lead although it wasn’t for long.Ttwo laps later Arbolino had reeled him in and it was game on with 18 riders in the freight train at the front.

Home heartbreak then hit for Migno and Romano Fenati (VNE Snipers) as they crashed out the group, before Kaito Toba (Honda Team Asia) also went down and took Ayumu Sasaki (Petronas Sprinta Racing) with him. With three laps to go the front group had been whittled down further as eight riders broke free: Dalla Porta, Arbolino, Antonelli, McPhee, Dennis Foggia (Sky Racing Team VR46), Suzuki, Masia and Aron Canet (Sterilgarda Max Racing Team), and the action ratcheted up a notch once again.

Masia made his serious lunge for the front at Turn 1 on the final lap, surging through to challenge for the lead from third but the man who’d led for much of the race – Dalla Porta – was ready to fight for it and reasserted his authority. But by the final sector Arbolino was clear of Masia too, and from there it was a classic Mugello drag to the line...

Pulling out just at the right time and side by side with Dalla Porta on the blast to the chequered flag, it was incredibly close but Arbolino just managed to edge ahead– ‘just’ translating into 0.29 on the timesheets. Masia took third just 0.078 back, with Antonelli gaining an incredible 14 places on his grid position to cross the line in P4 at his home Grand Prix and put in some serious damage limitation in the Championship.

Foggia completed the top five ahead of McPhee, with points leader Aron Canet losing some ground in the standings as he crossed the line in P7, ahead of Suzuki by the flag. Celestino Vietti (Sky Racing Team VR46) was top rookie and took ninth, ahead of Darryn Binder as the South African was one to lose out big when crashes shuffled the group.

Raul Fernandez (Sama Qatar Angel Nieto Team) took P11, beating teammate Albert Arenas and Sergio Garcia (Estrella Galicia 0,0) in a three-way fight, with Jakub Kornfeil (Redox PrüstelGP) and Makar Yurchenko (BOE Skull Rider Mugen Race) completing the points.

Moto3™ return at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in two weeks – will Canet keep the reins on home turf or will it be all change again? Six different winners in a row is the record so far in 2019…and it's 11 stretching back to the flyaways last season.

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