The future of the riders had started before Mugello race. The MotoGP 2017 announcements, the riders new contracts are being designed. At the Italian phenomenal race, some disappointments, frustrations happened, but one of the most incredible last lap happened too. Jorge Lorenzo won with the 0.019s margin separating from Marc Marques. It was the 7th smallest in premier class history!
The MotoGP™ World Championship leader Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) finished Mugello with a ten points advantage over Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team). Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) is, right now, 78 points. Maverick Viñales (Team Suzuki Ecstar) is 59 points and Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) 66. The third place in the Mugello podium was Andrea Iannone (Ducati Pramac Team), now with 41 points and 9th place at the world’s standings.
Since 2011, Jorge Lorenzo has only once finished off the top step of the podium in Mugello. But he said: “There are tracks where you can find your limits or take more profit from your strengths. Mugello is obviously one of these and probably my favorite track where I have had the best results during these six or seven years starting in 2009 with second place and then with some victories and second places. But also the surface and layout of the track is my favorite with a lot of chicanes, it’s not only about the results but also about the way the track is done.” And he won it again !
The musical chairs:
Jorge Lorenzo’s move to Ducati next 2017 season. He also said: “I think it’s good to have Dovizioso as a teammate, for me he has always been a very clever and logical guy and I hear that he’s very good in testing the bike. But for me it would be OK that Iannone stays in the team, he’s very fast and his riding is very similar.”
Marc Marquez hasn’t quite signed a contract for 2017 but Marquez remains optimistic that his contract is just on the horizon: “Dani already signed a contract, I haven’t signed yet but I hope it’s close. Looks like we will keep the same team. I think it’s important.”
Valentino Rossi: 120 thousand of people were at Mugello and most of them went to watch ‘The Doctor’ dance around one of the most spectacular circuits on the MotoGP™ calendar. Rossi has had a total of nine wins in Mugello, making him the most successful rider across all classes at the track but hasn’t returned to his wining ways since 2008: “Always a special weekend and race here in Mugello. It’s one of the best and the atmosphere is always good. We have to try to be strong and competitive because in the last years I was never fast enough to fight for victory and I never had a good Qualifying.” The engine blew up in the middle of the race and all his tremendous expectation finished in frustration. But he will still be at Yamaha Movistar Team, for the 2017 season!
Dani Pedrosa revealed that he and Repsol Honda would continue their long and fruitful relationship: “It’s true in the last two races there was a lot going on but finally it’s clear. Very happy because it’s been a long long career and I’m very happy to stay. It’s great news because the history is important and at this time with Repsol Honda we’ve been together so long and it gives stability and length. The future is looking good because we have a strong team and we’re always looking for the highest technology in the team. The Italian GP, Mugello, was Pedrosa’s 250th Grand Prix start.
Andrea Dovizioso revealed as Jorge Lorenzo’s 2017 and 2018 Ducati Team teammate.
Andrea Iannone will begin a new adventure with Team Suzuki Ecstar in the coming seasons: “After last week for me it’s a big, big change for me because for 2017 and 2018 I go to Suzuki. I’m very happy for this because I think it’s important for me to be the first rider in a factory and Suzuki show a good project. After four years it’s hard and in these four years I lived very great moments in Ducati and Ducati supported me from the beginning in 2013.” Iannone also revealed he did have an offer on the table from Ducati, but it was not to his liking: “I had the possibility to remain in Ducati but some parts of the contract didn’t satisfy me at 100%. I wanted to change some parts but it wasn’t possible and on the other hand I had a very good opportunity and proposal from Suzuki and for me at the end it’s better to come in this new adventure. But for now I want to focus at 100% in this season.”
Right now, we must wait for the next chapter of the MotoGP novel. Specially with Yamaha Team after two engines blowing up in the same race causing so many deception to rider