Many riders have been on the podium in Mugello before, but who can take a much sought after win at the Italian track?
Get up to speed with the state of the Moto2™ World Championship ahead of the Italian GP.
- Johann Zarco has finished on the podium at Mugello on three occasions: second in the 125cc race in 2011, third in Moto2™ in 2013 and second last year on his way to winning the Moto2™ world title. He also qualified on pole for the 125cc race at Mugello in 2011 – his first pole position in grand prix racing. Zarco’s crash at the French GP ended a sequence of 24 successive point scoring finishes – the last time he failed to score any points was when he crashed out of the Moto2™ race in Australia in 2014.
- Alex Rins has twice finished on the podium at Mugello in the Moto3™ class: second in 2013 and third two years ago when he also qualified on pole. Last year he finished 11th in the Moto2™ race at Mugello after getting a bad start and finishing the first lap down in 16th. Following his win at Le Mans, Rins will be aiming for back-to-back wins for the first time in the Moto2™ class.
- Sam Lowes finished eighth at Mugello two years ago, after qualifying in second place on the grid – his first front row start in Moto2™. In 2015 he finished fourth at Mugello after qualifying on pole then dropping down to 11th after a collision with Corsi at the start of the second lap.
- Tom Luthi has had three podium finishes from his thirteen GP starts at Mugello: second in the 125cc class in 2005 and third in the 250cc class in 2008 and third in Moto2™ in 2012. He has crashed out of the Moto2™ race at Mugello for the last two years, last year when leading the race on lap three.
- Jonas Folger finished third in 2014 at Mugello, one of two podium finishes he achieved in his rookie season in the Moto2 class. In 2015 he crashed out of third place on the seventh lap at the Casanova.
- After leading the race in the early stages, Dominique Aegerter finished third at the 2015 Italian Grand Prix – his only podium of 2015.
- Three years ago Luis Salom won the Moto3™ race at Mugello from Alex Rins and Maverick Viñales. He was second in 2014 at Mugello – his best result in his rookie season in the Moto2™ class. He was fifth at the Italian Grand Prix in 2015 – his equal best result of 2015.
- Mattia Pasini has won two grand prix races at Mugello; the 125cc race in 2006 and the 250cc race in 2009. He is the only rider currently competing in the Moto2™ class who has won an intermediate-class GP at Mugello.
- In addition to Salom and Pasini mentioned above, the only other riders currently competing in the Moto2™ class who have won a GP at Mugello are Simone Corsi (125cc in 2008) and Miguel Oliveira, who won the 2015 Moto3™ race to become the first ever Portuguese GP winner.
- Simone Corsi’s second place finish at Le Mans equalled his best ever results in the Moto2 class he had at the German GP in 2013 and at Le Mans in 2014. At Mugello in 2015, Corsi crashed when he collided with Sam Lowes at the start of the second lap when the two riders were battling for second place.