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Recap 2010: Gran Premio d’Italia TIM

Recap 2010: Gran Premio d’Italia TIM’s comprehensive summary of the fourth round of the season at the Mugello Circuit offers you the chance to re-live the best of the action, with easy one-click access to video highlights.

Mugello played host to the World Championship on the first weekend of June as round four called on the beautiful Tuscan countryside, and with the weather remaining fine throughout the three days it was an eventful stage in Italy.

The official pre-event saw some World Championship riders attempt to make traditional Italian pizza, although their dough skills failed to match up to their abilities on board a motorcycle! The serious business began later that afternoon as a quintet of MotoGP stars – Nicky Hayden, Valentino Rossi, Jorge Lorenzo, Andrea Dovizioso and Marco Simoncelli – attended the pre-race press conference as anticipation for the race grew.

The time for talking was soon over as the on-track action commenced and it was reigning World Champion Valentino Rossi who took control of the opening practice session, setting the fastest time as Casey Stoner experienced a difficult start to the session.

On Saturday morning it was Jorge Lorenzo who topped the timesheet by the conclusion of FP2, but the main talking point of the session and the remainder of the weekend was Rossi’s crash which ruled him out of the race with a fractured right tibia. The Italian was flown to hospital in Florence by helicopter where he had an operation later that day. Dani Pedrosa was the fastest man in qualifying in the afternoon as he secured his second pole position of the season.

Race day arrived and a spectacular 125cc contest kicked Sunday off. Marc Márquez took the first victory of his career with a perfectly judged ride to win a thrilling four-way battle with Nico Terol, Pol Espargaró and Bradley Smith, who just missed out on the final podium spot by 0.045s.

Moto2 provided a similarly engrossing spectacle, but the battle was for second spot as Andrea Iannone raced to a clear victory. Jules Cluzel was one of a series of fallers as he crashed out when leading the chasing pack, as Sergio Gadea and Simone Corsi complete the podium.

It was then onto the MotoGP race and before the main event got underway Rossi spoke to fans over the circuit PA via telephone from his hospital bed, thanking them for the overwhelming messages of support. Simoncelli and Lorenzo were amongst the riders who also wished the 31 year-old a speedy recovery as they lined up on the grid.

Pedrosa stormed to victory in the MotoGP race to take his first win of the campaign, with Championship leader Lorenzo and home hero Dovizioso taking the other podium spots. All expressed their delight in the post-race press conference. There was disappointment for Nicky Hayden and Mika Kallio, who both crashed out of the race.

Trackside the Mugello Paddock Girls complemented the stunning Tuscan landscape, and the OnBoard cameras provided the regular unique perspective of the riders.

MotoGP, 2010

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