Last year at Mugello, Valentino Rossi became the first rider in motorcycle grand prix history to win his home event for seven years in a row; can he make it eight in 2009?
Below is a brief summary of Rossi's 13 grand prix appearances, in all three classes, at Mugello:
1996/125cc/Aprilia: Qualified 8th/Finished 4th:
Rossi's first grand prix appearance at Mugello was his 5th GP start. After leading a grand prix for the first time he finished 4th, just 1.6 seconds behind race victor Peter Ottl.
1997/125cc/Aprilia: Qualified 3rd/Finished 1st:
Rossi's first victory at Mugello, on the way to winning his first world title.
1998/250cc/Aprilia: Qualified 4th/Finished 2nd:
Rossi was leading after seven laps when the race was stopped due to rain. He finished 3rd in the re-start to clinch 2nd place on combined time, behind veteran Marcellino Lucchi, who took his only GP victory.
1999/250cc/Aprilia: Qualified 6th/Finished 1st:
Rossi became the first rider to win in both the 125cc and 250cc classes at Mugello.
2000/500cc/Honda: Qualified 3rd/Finished 12th:
Crashed on the 21st lap while fighting with Biaggi and Capirossi to become the first Italian to win a 500cc race at Mugello. Capirossi took victory while Rossi eventually finished 12th after re-mounting.
2001/500cc/Honda: Qualified pole/DNF:
Started from pole for the first time at Mugello but did not finish after crashing out on the penultimate lap of a two-part wet race. This is the last occasion Rossi left Mugello without a race victory.
2002/MotoGP/Honda: Qualified pole/Finished 1st:
Rossi became the first rider to win in all three classes at Mugello.
2003/MotoGP/Honda: Qualified pole/Finished 1st:
Rossi won from great rivals Capirossi and Biaggi in the first all-Italian podium in the premier-class at Mugello.