Italian Grand Prix, Mugello: Repsol Honda Team Preview

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The third of the for rounds of the Championship in this intense month of June will take place this weekend at the Mugello track. The Repsol riders arrive to Italian soil with the aim to repeat the podiums achieved at the Dutch Grand Prix. With them will be Dani Pedrosa, who will be in the MotoGP round after recovering from the injure that kept him away from the circuits in the last three races.

The Repsol Honda Team set a very high level last year at the Tuscan track. With a great performance from the first laps of the race, Dani Pedrosa and Andrea Dovizioso signed the first and third position, respectively. The Spaniard won it all —‘pole position’, fastest lap and victory—, and together with his team mate received the ovation of the tifosi.

Casey Stoner, current leader of the World Championship, will ride the Honda RC212V for the first time in the beautiful Tuscan track, well known for being very technical due to its combination of slow corners and fast bends. The Australian will try to keep the great level shown at the beginning of the Championship that allowed him to take the lead of the classification with a 28-point advantage. With 6 podiums in the 7 races already held —four victories, a second and a third place—, the Repsol rider has become a referent in the premiere category.

Casey’s View

“I’m really looking forward to Mugello especially after a difficult weekend in Assen where I was extremely happy to have finished second in a very difficult race. Last year we didn’t get the best result but I’ve always enjoyed this circuit and I think this year we can expect to be quite competitive.
From what I’ve heard, the new surface is a lot smoother and a lot faster which will make Mugello an even better circuit from what it already was! I’ve been excited about coming here to try it out! I’m hoping to have a good race and score important points for the Championship, but we need to keep our heads down and continue working hard”.