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
r 7Hiroshi

AOYAMA
JPNInterwetten

Honda MotoGP
Honda
r 11Ben SPIESUSAMonster

Yamaha Tech 3
Yamaha
 14Randy DE

PUNIET
FRALCR Honda

MotoGP
Honda
r 19Alvaro

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
r 40Hector

BARBERA
SPAPaginas

Amarillas Aspar
Ducati
r 41Aleix

ESPARGARO
SPAPramac Racing TeamDucati
 46Valentino

ROSSI
ITAFiat Yamaha

Team
Yamaha
r 58Marco

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
W 19Xavier

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
i 5Alexis

MASBOU
FRAOngetta TeamAprilia
 7Efren

VAZQUEZ
SPATuenti RacingDerbi
i 11Sandro

CORTESE
GERAvant

Mitsubishi Ajo
Derbi
i 12Esteve

RABAT
SPABlusens-STXAprilia
i 14Johann

ZARCO
FRAWTR San Marino

Team
Aprilia
 15Simone

GROTZKYJ
ITAFontana RacingAprilia
r i 23Alberto

MONCAYO
SPAAndalucia

Cajasol
Aprilia
r i 26Adrian

MARTIN
SPAAeroport de Castello – AjoAprilia
i 32Lorenzo

SAVADORI
ITAMatteoni CP

Racing
Aprilia
i 35Randy

KRUMMENACHER
SWIStipa-Molenaar Racing GPAprilia
i 38Bradley

SMITH
GBRBancaja Aspar

Team
Aprilia
r i 39Luis SALOMSPAStipa-Molenaar

Racing GP
Aprilia
i 40Nicolas

TEROL
SPABancaja Aspar

Team
Aprilia
 44Pol

ESPARGARO
SPATuenti RacingDerbi
r i 50Sturla

FAGERHAUG
NORAirAsia –

Sepang Int. Circuit
Aprilia
 51Riccardo

MORETTI
ITAJunior GP FMIAprilia
i 53Jasper

IWEMA
NEDCBC CorseAprilia
r 60Michael

VAN DER MARK
NEDLambretta Reparto CorseLambretta
r i 63Zulfahmi

KHAIRUDDIN
MALAirAsia –

Sepang Int. Circuit
Aprilia
i 69Louis ROSSIFRACBC

Corse
Aprilia
i 71Tomoyoshi

KOYAMA
JPNRacing Team

Germany
Aprilia
r 72Marco

RAVAIOLI
ITALambretta Reparto CorseLambretta
r i 78Marcel

SCHROTTER
GERInterwetten

Honda 125
Honda
r i 84Jakub

KORNFEIL
CZERacing Team GermanyAprilia
i 87Luca

MARCONI
ITAOngetta TeamAprilia
W 92Luigi

MORCIANO
ITAJunior GP Racing Team FMIAprilia
i 93Marc

MARQUEZ
SPARed Bull Ajo

Motorsport
Derbi
i 94Jonas

FOLGER
GEROngetta TeamAprilia
W 95Alessandro

TONUCCI
ITAJunior GP

Racing Team FMI
Aprilia
W 96Tommaso

GABRIELLI
ITARacing Team GabrielliAprilia
W 97Armando

PONTONE
ITAJunior GP

Racing Team FMI
Aprilia
W 98Mattia

TAROZZI
ITAFaenza RacingAprilia
i 99Danny WEBBGBRAndalucia CajasolAprilia

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One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).