Rossi? Iannone? Viñales? Marquez? Lorenzo? Picking a winner is tough for the Italian GP, but stats always help.
The Gran Premio d'Italia TIM begins at 14:00 Local Time and will last 23-laps.
- On pole position is Valentino Rossi, his first front row start at Mugello since he was on pole there in 2008, which was also when he took the last of his seven successive MotoGP™ wins at the circuit.
- Having also been on pole at Jerez, this is the first time since 2009 that Rossi has started from pole more than once in a season.
- The rider starting from pole position has won the last eight MotoGP™ races, the longest sequence of race wins from pole position in the MotoGP™ era.
- Maverick Viñales starts from second place on the grid, equalling his best ever qualifying result in the MotoGP™ class that he achieved last year in Catalunya. Viñales will be aiming to be the first Suzuki rider to finish on the podium in the premier-class at Mugello since Daryl Beattie finished second in the 500cc race at the circuit in 1995. If Viñales does finish in the top three he will be the first Suzuki rider to score back-to-back podiums since Chris Vermeulen in 2008.
- In third place on the grid is Andrea Iannone, who finished second last year at Mugello – his best result so in the MotoGP™ class.
- The last time that there was no Honda rider on the front row of the grid was at the Catalan GP last year.
- Marc Marquez starts from fourth place on the grid, the first time since the Catalan GP last year that he has not started from the front row.
- Starting from fifth place on the grid is Jorge Lorenzo – his worst qualifying result since the Dutch TT last year. The last time that Lorenzo failed to get on the front row at Mugello was in 2011 when he won the race from fifth place on the grid.
- Aleix Espargaro, who is in the final place on the second row, will be aiming to finish in the top six at four successive races for the first time in his grand prix career. Espargaro is making his 100th start in the MotoGP™ class.
- Dani Pedrosa, making his 250th grand prix start, has qualified at the head of the third row of the grid.
- Bradley Smith starts from eight place on the grid and is the top Independent Team rider in qualifying for the first time this year.