The upcoming GP is very important for Rossi, who will put in 100% effort to please his dedicated fans with a strong result this weekend.
Over the years, he affirmed his local hero status with a great record at the Italian track, having scored seven back-to-back premier class victories at Mugello from 2002 to 2008. He also celebrated four MotoGP third places in 2009, 2014, 2015, and 2018, a 250cc win in 1999 following a second place in 1998, and a 125cc win in 1997.
The Doctor is currently fourth in the championship standings, with a 23-point gap to bridge to first place.
After an unfortunate NC score in France, Viñales is keen on making a strong comeback. There is no better place for him to return to the podium than Mugello, as he likes the track and also looks forward to the great atmosphere there that makes the Italian GP so special.
His enjoyment of the flowing hills of Tuscany is reflected in his previous results. In the lower classes he notched up a run of three-consecutive podiums in Mugello, taking a win in 2012 (Moto3) and two third places, in 2011 (125cc) and 2013 (Moto3). In the MotoGP class he stood on the rostrum after scoring a second place in 2017. This weekend he will challenge for a top spot again.
The Spaniard holds tenth position in the overall rankings, 65 points from the top.
Mugello is considered one of the most beautiful but also challenging tracks on the calendar, thanks to its mixture of uphill and downhill sections and a variety of fast and slow turns. The 5.2 km long Tuscan circuit hosted its first MotoGP event back in 1976 and became a permanent fixture in 1991.
For those who want to get to know the circuit better, check out Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP‘s official Factory MotoGP eSport Rider Lorenzo Daretti‘s eLap around Mugello. The Italian is also a fan of the track not just because of its lay-out, but also because of the fun memory of winning the MotoGP eSport challenge there last year.