For round six of 2018 MotoGP, the series heads to the stunning Tuscan countryside just outside of Florence at the the Autodromo del Mugello. For fans and riders alike, this is one of the highlights of the season; a magnificent spectacle for spectators both on and off the circuit.
It would appear that in Italy health and safety is a somewhat secondary consideration to fun, as is usually demonstrated by the post-race track invasion, where anything really does go.
We have assembled some important points, upon which you need to keep an eye on tomorrow.
● Can “The Doctor” Revive His Hopes ?
As far as the fervently partisan crowd is concerned, Valentino Rossi has been the undisputed king of Mugello although after last year, when Andrea Dovizioso became the first Italian to win at Mugello on an Italian machine, mercurial “The Doctor” Rossi now has a rival for the fans’ affections. The 2017 event was good for Italians, with home riders winning in all three classes. On top of that, three of the top five finishers in the premier class were Ducati-mounted. As he is starting from Grid 1 , lot is expected from him .
● Tension Building Up For Lorenzo ?
The Ducati rider who didn’t fare quite so well last year and till now is Jorge Lorenzo, who finished eighth. It was the first time the Spaniard had finished outside of the top two places at Mugello in nine years, a run that had yielded five victories. With his future at Ducati in question, he needs to rekindle that form.
Rumours circulating the paddock suggest he has two races, Mugello and the next round at Catalunya, to convince his Italian paymasters that he has a future with the marque. Lorenzo is currently 14th in the championship, with a best finish of sixth and two DNFs from the five races to date.
● Marc Marquez And His Lead :
After his victory at Le Mans last time out, defending champion Marc Marquez has a 36-point lead in the championship. Marquez has finished first or second in every race apart from Argentina, when he received a time penalty which relegated him to 18th. No one else has more that two podium finishes to their name so far this season.
● Fights Are On :
Except for being run off the track at Argentina, where he finished 19th, Rossi has finished fifth or better in every round, including third in Qatar and France. Rossi looked comfortable in France, and his chances of a 10th World Title can gain momentum in Mugello, where there are thousands of ardent Rossi fans. Marquez will be up for a big task this Sunday .
○ Points Table :
• 2018 MotoGP Championship Standings (after 5 of 19 rounds):
1. Marc Marquez (Honda) : 95 points
2. Maverick Vinales (Yamaha) : 59
3. Johann Zarco (Yamaha) : 58
4. Valentino Rossi (Yamaha) : 56
5. Danilo Petrucci (Ducati) : 54
6. Jack Miller (Ducati) : 49