MotoGP: Mugello Grand Prix Entries

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The scenic setting of the Mugello circuit welcomes the FIM MotoGP World Championship for round four this weekend, as Jorge Lorenzo aims to extend his nine-point lead over Fiat Yamaha team-mate and rival Valentino Rossi at the top of the standings at the Gran Premio d’Italia TIM.

With victory at Le Mans last time out Lorenzo secured his first back-to-back wins in the premier class, and his 70 points so far is the highest points tally by a rider in the MotoGP class after the opening three rounds since Rossi amassed the same amount in the same number of races in 2005.

Lorenzo finished on the podium last season (second) at the Italian circuit, and if he goes one better this year and wins ahead of Rossi it will be the first time since joining the premier class in 2000 that the reigning World Champion will have finished behind a team-mate in three successive races.

Mugello however is a circuit that Rossi has enjoyed immense success at previously. The Italian finished third there last season on his way to the title, having won the previous seven years on the bounce. Rossi will also be going for a 50th premier class pole position start at the weekend.

Another Italian hoping to impress his home fans will be Andrea Dovizioso, and the Repsol Honda rider has produced a strong start to the season that has already seen two podium finishes. Last year at Mugello he just missed out on a top-three placement having led at stages of both the wet and dry parts of the race.

His teammate Dani Pedrosa sits just two points behind in the standings and has enjoyed success at Mugello before. Last year he failed to finish the race, but in his three premier class rides there before that he never finished outside the top four, two of which were podium results.

Nicky Hayden and Ducati Marlboro will be looking for a good result in the team’s home race, with the American seeking an improvement on his recent form at Mugello. A best placement of third came back in 2006, and Hayden’s form this season indicates that a first podium of 2010 is imminent.

His teammate Casey Stoner’s season has gotten off to a difficult start, but the Australian won here last year and broke Rossi’s dominance so will be confident that he can score his first notable points of the season at Mugello.

Randy de Puniet (LCR Honda) is the highest placed private team rider in the standings and enjoyed his best MotoGP finish at Mugello last year with eighth place, and the Frenchman will continue his battle with Marco Melandri (San Carlo Honda Gresini) and Colin Edwards (Monster Yamaha Tech3).

Rookies Marco Simoncelli (San Carlo Honda Gresini) and Héctor Barberá (Páginas Amarillas Aspar), in their first premier class outings at the track, will look to consolidate their impressive starts and top ten positions in the standings, with fellow newcomer Hiroshi Aoyama (Interwetten Honda MotoGP Team) and Pramac Racing’s Mika Kallio hot on their trail.

Ben Spies (Monster Yamaha Tech3), Loris Capirossi and Álvaro Bautista (Rizla Suzuki) will all be looking to bounce back after Le Mans, whilst Aleix Espargaró (Pramac Racing) will want to build on his promising result from the last round.

MotoGP: 2010 Mugello Grand Prix Entries

NumberRiderNationTeamMotorcycle
 4Andrea
DOVIZIOSO
ITARepsol Honda
Team
Honda
 5Colin
EDWARDS
USAMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha
r7Hiroshi
AOYAMA
JPNInterwetten
Honda MotoGP
Honda
r11Ben SPIESUSAMonster
Yamaha Tech 3
Yamaha
 14Randy DE
PUNIET
FRALCR Honda
MotoGP
Honda
r19Alvaro
BAUTISTA
SPARizla Suzuki MotoGPSuzuki
 26Dani
PEDROSA
SPARepsol Honda
Team
Honda
 27Casey
STONER
AUSDucati Marlboro TeamDucati
 33Marco
MELANDRI
ITASan Carlo
Honda Gresini
Honda
 36Mika KALLIOFINPramac
Racing Team
Ducati
r40Hector
BARBERA
SPAPaginas
Amarillas Aspar
Ducati
r41Aleix
ESPARGARO
SPAPramac Racing TeamDucati
 46Valentino
ROSSI
ITAFiat Yamaha
Team
Yamaha
r58Marco
SIMONCELLI
ITASan Carlo Honda GresiniHonda
 65Loris
CAPIROSSI
ITARizla Suzuki
MotoGP
Suzuki
 69Nicky
HAYDEN
USADucati Marlboro TeamDucati
 99Jorge
LORENZO
SPAFiat Yamaha
Team
Yamaha

Moto2

Toni Elías will be going for a third straight win in the Moto2 class as he attempts to defend and even extend his 18-point Championship lead. Elías’ victory at Le Mans has handed him a Championship lead for the first time since 2001, when he led the 125cc standings after 12 rounds.

Mugello is one of three circuits at which the Spaniard has not finished on the podium in any of the classes he has raced in however, and he will be targeting an improvement in that statistic as he looks to protect his lead. Shoya Tomizawa will be a threat as he looks to cut the deficit to Elías, at a track at which the Japanese rider has raced just once – a non-finish in the 250cc class last season.

The Technomag-CIP rider enjoyed a rapid start to the campaign with a win in Qatar and second place at Jerez, but a crash at Le Mans means he will want a return to top-three form as the early-season battle at the top unfolds.

Simone Corsi’s first podium of the season at Le Mans lifted the Italian to third spot in the standings, and the JiR Moto2 man has experienced victory at Mugello before. He will be hopeful of repeating his 125cc win from 2008 in his home GP and edge closer to the top spot currently occupied by Elías.

Julián Simón (Mapfre Aspar), Sergio Gadea (Tenerife 40 Pons) and Thomas Lüthi (Interwetten Moriwaki Moto2) complete the top six as it stands heading into the weekend, and with six different chassis manufacturers inside the top ten positions the competition is fierce.

Added to the 40-strong field will be wild card rider Xavier Simeon (Holiday Gym Racing), who will once more be riding a Moriwaki chassis following his entry at Le Mans.

Looking to make his mark after an eventful start to the season will be Alex de Angelis (RSM Team Scot) who will be going for a fourth career podium at the track, whilst Mashel Al Naimi (Blusens-STX) will be replaced by Anthony Delhalle for this race after the Qatari rider underwent an operation for compartmental syndrome in his arm last Friday.

Moto2: 2010 Mugello Grand Prix Entries 

NumberRiderNationTeamMotorcycle
 2Gabor
TALMACSI
HUNFimmco Speed
Up
Speed Up
 3Simone
CORSI
ITAJIR Moto2Motobi
 5Joan OLIVESPAJack & Jones by A.BanderasPromoharris
 6Alex DEBONSPAAeroport
de Castello – Ajo
FTR
 8Anthony
WEST
AUSMZ Racing TeamMZ-RE Honda
 9Kenny NOYESUSAJack
& Jones by A.Banderas
Promoharris
 10Fonsi NIETOSPAHoliday Gym G22Moriwaki
 12Thomas
LUTHI
SWIInterwetten Moriwaki Moto2Moriwaki
 14Ratthapark
WILAIROT
THAThai Honda
PTT Singha SAG
Bimota
 15Alex DE
ANGELIS
RSMRSM Team ScotForce GP210
 16Jules
CLUZEL
FRAForward RacingSuter
 17Karel
ABRAHAM
CZECardion AB MotoracingFTR
W19Xavier
SIMEON
BELHoliday Gym
Racing
Moriwaki
 21Vladimir
LEONOV
RUSVector Kiefer RacingSuter
 24Toni ELIASSPAGresini Racing Moto2Moriwaki
 25Alex
BALDOLINI
ITACaretta Technology Race DeptI.C.P.
 29Andrea
IANNONE
ITAFimmco Speed
Up
Speed Up
 35Raffaele
DE ROSA
ITATech 3 RacingTech 3
 39Robertino
PIETRI
VENItaltrans
S.T.R.
Suter
 40Sergio
GADEA
SPATenerife 40 PonsPons Kalex
 41Arne TODEGERRacing Team GermanySuter
 44Roberto
ROLFO
ITAItaltrans S.T.R.Suter
 45Scott
REDDING
GBRMarc VDS
Racing Team
Suter
 48Shoya
TOMIZAWA
JPNTechnomag-CIPSuter
 52Lukas PESEKCZEMatteoni CP RacingMoriwaki
 53Valentin
DEBISE
FRAWTR San Marino TeamADV
 55Hector
FAUBEL
SPAMarc VDS Racing
Team
Suter
 59Niccolo
CANEPA
ITARSM Team ScotForce GP210
 60Julian
SIMON
SPAMapfre Aspar
Team
Suter
 61Vladimir
IVANOV
UKRGresini Racing Moto2Moriwaki
 63Mike DI
MEGLIO
FRAMapfre Aspar
Team
Suter
 65Stefan
BRADL
GERViessmann Kiefer RacingSuter
 68Yonny
HERNANDEZ
COLBlusens-STXBQR-Moto2
 71Claudio
CORTI
ITAForward RacingSuter
 72Yuki
TAKAHASHI
JPNTech 3
Racing
Tech 3
 75Mattia
PASINI
ITAJIR Moto2Motobi
 76Bernat
MARTINEZ
SPAMaquinza-SAG
Team
Bimota
 77Dominique
AEGERTER
SWITechnomag-CIPSuter
 80Axel PONSSPATenerife 40 PonsPons Kalex
 88Yannick
GUERRA
SPAHoliday Gym G22Moriwaki
 95Mashel
AL NAIMI
QATBlusens-STXBQR-Moto2
R(95)96Anthony
DELHALLE
FRABlusens-STXBQR-Moto2

125cc GP

The fantastic contest that is playing out in the 125cc World Championship will also continue and at present it is Nico Terol who leads the standings with a narrow two-point advantage over Pol Espargaró.

Terol finished second in last year’s race at Mugello having qualified down in 12th, whilst Tuenti Racing rider Espargaró has finished third and fourth in the past two seasons and comes into this race off the back of two straight wins at Jerez and Le Mans.

Esteve Rabat (Blusens-STX), Efrén Vázquez (Tuenti Racing) and Marc Márquez (Red Bull Ajo Motorsport) will all be candidates for at least the podium and all three will have aspirations of challenging for first wins not only of the season, but of their careers.

Bradley Smith felt much better on his Aprilia of the Bancaja Aspar team at Le Mans, and returns to a track where he won last year. He will hope for a similar result to lift him from his current place of sixth in the standings.

Enforcing the regular 125cc field will be a quintet of Italian wildcard riders. Junior GP Racing Team FMI will enter the trio of Luigi Morciano, Alessandro Tonucci and Armando Pontone, with Tommaso Gabrielli (Racing Team Gabrielli) and Faenza Racing’s Mattia Tarozzi all taking part.

125cc: 2010 Mugello Grand Prix Entries  

NumberRiderNationTeamMotorcycle
i5Alexis
MASBOU
FRAOngetta TeamAprilia
 7Efren
VAZQUEZ
SPATuenti RacingDerbi
i11Sandro
CORTESE
GERAvant
Mitsubishi Ajo
Derbi
i12Esteve
RABAT
SPABlusens-STXAprilia
i14Johann
ZARCO
FRAWTR San Marino
Team
Aprilia
 15Simone
GROTZKYJ
ITAFontana RacingAprilia
r i23Alberto
MONCAYO
SPAAndalucia
Cajasol
Aprilia
r i26Adrian
MARTIN
SPAAeroport de Castello – AjoAprilia
i32Lorenzo
SAVADORI
ITAMatteoni CP
Racing
Aprilia
i35Randy
KRUMMENACHER
SWIStipa-Molenaar Racing GPAprilia
i38Bradley
SMITH
GBRBancaja Aspar
Team
Aprilia
r i39Luis SALOMSPAStipa-Molenaar
Racing GP
Aprilia
i40Nicolas
TEROL
SPABancaja Aspar
Team
Aprilia
 44Pol
ESPARGARO
SPATuenti RacingDerbi
r i50Sturla
FAGERHAUG
NORAirAsia –
Sepang Int. Circuit
Aprilia
 51Riccardo
MORETTI
ITAJunior GP FMIAprilia
i53Jasper
IWEMA
NEDCBC CorseAprilia
r60Michael
VAN DER MARK
NEDLambretta Reparto CorseLambretta
r i63Zulfahmi
KHAIRUDDIN
MALAirAsia –
Sepang Int. Circuit
Aprilia
i69Louis ROSSIFRACBC
Corse
Aprilia
i71Tomoyoshi
KOYAMA
JPNRacing Team
Germany
Aprilia
r72Marco
RAVAIOLI
ITALambretta Reparto CorseLambretta
r i78Marcel
SCHROTTER
GERInterwetten
Honda 125
Honda
r i84Jakub
KORNFEIL
CZERacing Team GermanyAprilia
i87Luca
MARCONI
ITAOngetta TeamAprilia
W92Luigi
MORCIANO
ITAJunior GP Racing Team FMIAprilia
i93Marc
MARQUEZ
SPARed Bull Ajo
Motorsport
Derbi
i94Jonas
FOLGER
GEROngetta TeamAprilia
W95Alessandro
TONUCCI
ITAJunior GP
Racing Team FMI
Aprilia
W96Tommaso
GABRIELLI
ITARacing Team GabrielliAprilia
W97Armando
PONTONE
ITAJunior GP
Racing Team FMI
Aprilia
W98Mattia
TAROZZI
ITAFaenza RacingAprilia
i99Danny WEBBGBRAndalucia CajasolAprilia