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The season so far: full GP review for Mugello

The season so far: full GP review for Mugello

MotoGP´s story of the 2008 season so far continues with a Full GP Review of the best video action from the Gran Premio d´Italia Alice.

As the World Championship´s intense series of European races continued round six saw MotoGP check-in at the beautiful Tuscan venue of Mugello, meaning it was a big weekend for the quartet of Italian premier class stars.

One of those home riders, Loris Capirossi, took us on an OnBoard lap of the undulating Mugello track, while the locals invited MotoGP to a nearby farm for a pre-event excursion which saw the intricacies of bee-keeping and other rustic pursuits explained.

The serious business of free practice saw Shinya Nakano crash heavily in a wet afternoon session which saw Chris Vermeulen come out on top.

Meanwhile, Tady Okada was in town to give HRC´s updated pneumatic valve engine a test-run and home favourite Valentino Rossi maintained the tradition of unveiling a special edition Mugello helmet.

Elsewhere, World Champion Casey Stoner explained how he has been mentoring emerging talents JD Beach and Cameron Beaubier.

Jeremy Appleton from MotoGP Official Clothing partner Alpinestars detailed the glove technology which his brand provides to ensure rider protection, while Italian cyclist Mario Cippolini explained what it is that attracts him to MotoGP.

Back on track it was The Doctor who was keeping the electric atmosphere as charged as ever as he took his first pole on Bridgestone tyres, in an exciting qualifying practice.

Another man who is more than accustomed to whipping a crowd into a frenzy, front man Keith Flint from British band The Prodigy, was back in the paddock, singing the praises of the special Mugello ambience.

Saturday evening saw San Carlo Honda Gresini host a special presentation as Fausto Gresini, took a quintet of talented young riders on a parade lap of the circuit. The five boys have been chosen to represent the Gresini-run San Carlo Junior Team in this year´s Italian Road Racing MiniGP Championship.

Things did not quite work out as Jorge Lorenzo would have hoped, as a spate of practice crashes finally resulted in an accident during the race and he suffered his first DNF as a MotoGP rider.

There were no such problems for Lorenzo´s team-mate Rossi, as the king of Mugello took a remarkable seventh consecutive home victory, watched on from the crowd by VIP guest Brad Pitt.

Continuing´s summer series of Full GP Reviews tomorrow sees an in-depth look at round seven in Barcelona.


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