From Holland to Germany and now to Italy, the MotoGP World Championship’s grueling three week, thre consequative races conclude with a trip to Mugello for this weekend’s Italian MotoGP. The series reaches its midway point at the Italian Grand Prix, set to be another battle between Jorge Lorenzo, Dani Pedrosa and Casey Stoner in the premier class.
I'm really looking forward to getting to Mugello and try to keep this momentum in a circuit that I also love
Dani Pedrosa’s win at Sachsenring and the last lap crash by Stoner at the same race leave the title chase in a red hot state. Jorge Lorenzo leads Pedrosa, with Stoner now down to third. All three are separated by a slim points margin.
Dani Pedrosa MotoGP Rider
“I'm really looking forward to getting to Mugello and try to keep this momentum in a circuit that I also love, for the layout and the great atmosphere. It's a very demanding track physically; last year I got there very weak due to the injury and I couldn't manage a good race, but we had a nice win in 2010 and I feel good now and ready to enjoy riding there again. Mugello is a completely different track, it's important to have a very fast bike in these corners and to get our strong points out in the track, we must take profit of the power of our Honda engine. The first win in Sachsenring has been great for me and my team, we are closer in the Championship on points, but one win will not give us the title. I've kept cool without winning and we will not relax now because we have the first one. This season you have to be almost perfect in every race to get a win, so we will keep pushing hard.”
Casey Stoner MotoGP Rider
"I've always liked Mugello, we've enjoyed some pretty good results there. Last year didn't go to plan but we know what we did wrong so hopefully this year we can be a little more competitive. I really enjoy the fast corners there, there are a lot of areas where we get a lot of wheel spin and a lot of fast changes of direction. It's not a small dinky little track that you can't use these bikes on, it's actually somewhere where you can open the throttle up and actually get to full throttle. After a disappointing race in Sachsenring, I want to get back on the bike and take some points back in the Championship.”