MotoGP » Six of the best: Mugello MotoGPs


Ahead of this weekend's Italian MotoGP, Crash.net takes a look at some of the finest battles around the Mugello circuit...

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JimmyTheRealOne

May 29, 2014 12:16 PM

Meh. I never really liked Mugello.
Just a bunch of annoying tightening corners and a mile long straight which I hate because there is no skill in riding in a straight line.
If this wasn't the hyped Rossi's hometrack, it would be maybe the blandest MotoGP round of the whole season to me.
There are so many better tracks on the calendar.

JedPB67

May 29, 2014 1:01 PM

JimmyTheRealOne: Meh. I never really liked Mugello.
Just a bunch of annoying tightening corners and a mile long straight which I hate because there is no skill in riding in a straight line.
If this wasn't the hyped Rossi's hometrack, it would be maybe the blandest MotoGP round of the whole season to me.
There are so many better tracks on the calendar.



Are you mad? Mugello has everything a proper racer dreams of!

Jack Mordino

May 29, 2014 1:34 PM
Last Edited 113 days ago

2004 was also very spectacular, and in my opinion would make a fine addition to this list. The race started n dry conditions, with some crazy, crazy racing - on occasion 3 or even 4 motorcycles would reach the end of the straight in... line abreast fashion, all trying to out-brake each-other. Just when things started settling down, here comes the rain, and re-shuffle the deck - back then rain meant a race-restart, with the grid being filled by riders in the order they crossed the line in the last lap before the race was red-flagged. Even more crazy racing ensued, with Rossi bouncing from 6th position to eventually win that thriller of a race.

Yearby23

May 29, 2014 1:52 PM

2006 Still remains as my favourite MotoGP year...

So many title contenders, tonnes of different race winners and tonnes of drama.

Hayden being wiped out by Pedrosa.
Stoner's endless crashes and a near race win at Turkey.
Rossi having to fight the hardest he's ever fought.
Pedrosa winning 2 races.
Melandri's awesome powerslide at Phillip Island out of the last corner.
Elias winning by the smallest margin from Rossi.
The huge Catalunya pile up that ended Capirossi's title fight.

Insane year. If only we had machinery as closely competitive as back then.....

nikisan

May 29, 2014 3:41 PM

Yearby, the machinery wasn't any more closely competitive in 06 than now excluding the ducati which was fast back then.

As I remember from 06, only the honda satellite was quick (so like the tech3 yamahas now). Rossi had crazy chatter the first few races, as well as all his DNFs from tyre and engine failures, crashing, breaking his wrist at assen etc.

The only reason 06 was as close as it was, is because Rossi retired from a lot of races. Catalunya proved there was no one capable of staying with him. Elias beat him by 0.002 because of Honda coercing michelin to give him/Gresini an "overnight special" tyre to help Hayden's title chances.

It was a crazy season but it was "fake" in a sense, Rossi wasn't even mad when he lost the title because he knew it wasn't due to his riding ability but because of (bad) luck. He only got frustrated when Stoner beat him in 07

Number76

May 29, 2014 4:48 PM
Last Edited 113 days ago

Yearby23: 2006 Still remains as my favourite MotoGP year...

So many title contenders, tonnes of different race winners and tonnes of drama.

Hayden being wiped out by Pedrosa.
Stoner's endless crashes and a near race win at Turkey.
Rossi having to fight the hardest he's ever fought.
Pedrosa winning 2 races.
Melandri's awesome powerslide at Phillip Island out of the last corner.
Elias winning by the smallest margin from Rossi.
The huge Catalunya pile up that ended Capirossi's title fight.

Insane year. If only we had machinery as closely competitive as back then.....


No doubt. 2006 was an incredible year. Hayden could still mix it up at the front. Loris was still racing. The Ducati's were actually GOOD bikes. Many competitive bikes and riders. More drama and excitement than you could ever imagine. Funny, the Melandri power slide wagging that finger, one of the greatest MotoGP moments for me. I was watching it in a bar and the crowd went NUTS when

Yearby23

May 29, 2014 5:09 PM
Last Edited 113 days ago

@ Nikisan

Regardless whether it was a fake year or not... It was genuinely entertaining to watch each round, a different winner and drama...

This year its the same every round and every Marquez press-release has been copied and pasted from one to the next... BORING.
Yes Marquez has a good riding style, if thats the case, just have him riding the track for 25 laps or so without anyone else.. Cos that's basically how it is at the minute.
LeMans was all a bit fake with going from 10th to 1st....He did it without a struggle, notice how he powered past Bautista in the final hairpin with it on its side, insane electronics to say he opened it up fully at 60degrees.

If Mugello isn't any good I'm in a right mind to sack the rest of the season off and watch Moto3 and Moto2 instead.

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