Review of Round 6 MotoGP in Mugello, Italy

By: Colin MotorCycle Direct Posted: May 24th, 2016

It turned out to be an exciting weekend at the MotoGP in Italy with one of the most thrilling conclusions so far this season. The circuit is a mixture of straights, sweeping curves and tight turns making it a big challenge at this point in the season.

Rossi started the weekend in pole position meaning he was heading for a hometown victory, which would have been his first since 2008. Followed then by Vinales, Iannone, Marquez and then Lorenzo. It was predicted to be an epic battle from the starting line-up.

As the race progressed it was a battle of speed, including Iannone who managed to get a new all-time record on the straight reaching a speed of 220.5mph. Not long after the start of the race, all the action began. Despite starting in pole position, Rossi suffered a mechanical failure in the 9th lap where his engine went up in white smoke. This meant his chances of a home victory were now well out of the window. This was the first time in 9 years that Rossi has suffered a mechanical bike failure in a race. It was also his first non-finish in a race since the start of the season.

Another rider suffering from mechanical failure was GBR's Scott Redding. In the 9th lap, the same as Rossi, Redding pulled up due to a water problem in his bike. When warning lights came on, Redding complained of losing concentration and it was all downhill from there. Scott hopes they can sort the mechanical issues soon as he feels his performance is improving but he can't prove this if the mechanics aren't there.

After the action of the 9th lap, the race was fairly steady leading up to the final lap which turned out to be the most action packed lap of the whole race. The battle for first was consistent between Lorenzo and Marquez who had fixed themselves upfront and were both keen to scrape the winning title. Throughout the final lap they swapped positions four times as the battle continued. A wheelie from Marquez on the final run to the finish gave Lorenzo that slight opportunity which he grabbed meaning he came in 1st place by a mere 0.019 seconds after leading for the majority of the race.

Iannone ended to take the final podium position however this didn't do much for the home crowd as they were still agonizing over the loss of Rossi in the race. Lorenzo spoke after claiming that he thought his chances of winning were gone until he leapt at the opportunity to overtake and succeeded. Marquez spoke complaining of issues with his acceleration and his top speed explaining that this meant he had taken a lot of risks to keep himself up front which almost paid off for him. Iannone felt that he could have done better but was let down by his machine so this is certainly going to stir some issues with him and Ducati.

Final Standings after Mugello

1. Jorge LORENZO - Yamaha
2. Marc MARQUEZ - Honda
3. Valentino ROSSI - Yamaha
4. Dani PEDROSA - Honda
5. Maverick VINALES - Suzuki
6. Aleix ESPARGARO - Suzuki

Alongside the action of the weekends racing there were some announcements on 2017/18 contracts, with more still to come. So far the confirmed details of contracts are as follows:

  • Respol Honda: Dani Pedrosa
  • Yamaha: Valentino Rossi & Maverick Vinales
  • Ducati: Jorge Lorenzo & Andrea Dovizioso
  • Suzuki: Andrea Iannone