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Mugello’s great history of Grand Prix racing

Mugello’s great history of Grand Prix racing

This weekend’s Gran Premio d'Italia TIM will be the 29th occasion that a GP has been held at the Mugello circuit, including 24 times in the consecutive years from 1991.

Mugello has seen many great races over the years and below are some of the facts and figures from these previous Grand Prix events:

- The first time that Mugello hosted a Grand Prix event was in 1976. The 500 race was won by Barry Sheene by the narrow margin of 0.1s from Phil Read, in a race lasting over 62 minutes. This was at a time when Suzuki riders dominated the premier class; the first non-Suzuki rider home was Waerum Borge Nielsen in tenth place riding a Yamaha.

- The layout of the Mugello circuit has remained basically the same since 1976 with the official track length of 5.245km remaining unchanged.

- Yamaha have been the most successful manufacturer in the four-stroke MotoGP™ era at Mugello with a total of eight wins; five successive victories from 2004 through to 2008, in addition to the wins with Lorenzo in the last three years. Honda have had three victories in the MotoGP class at Mugello, the last of which was with Dani Pedrosa in 2010. Ducati’s single win at Mugello was with Stoner in 2009.

- Valentino Rossi is the most successful rider across all the classes at Mugello, with a total of nine victories; one each in the 125 and 250 classes to add to his seven successive MotoGP wins, the last of which came in 2008.

- Loris Capirossi was the first Italian rider to take a premier class victory at Mugello when he won the 500 contest in 2000 after a race-long battle with his countrymen Max Biaggi and Rossi, both of whom fell in the closing stages.

- Last year was the first time since 1995 that there was no Italian rider on the podium in the premier class at Mugello.

- The highest recorded maximum speed at Mugello is 349 kph (217 mph) set by Dani Pedrosa in the first free practice session in 2009; this is the highest official speed recorded in MotoGP at any circuit.

- The MotoGP race at Mugello in 2004 is the shortest ever premier class Grand Prix race to date. The race lasted just six laps, after the first attempt to run the race was stopped due to rain and then restarted for the remaining laps under the rain rules as they stood at that time.

- Italy, together with The Netherlands and Great Britain, are the only three countries that have hosted a motorcycle Grand Prix event in each year since the World Championship series started in 1949.


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