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Rossi's history at Mugello.

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.



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baja - Unregistered

May 29, 2009 5:28 AM

The standout for me was 07. I remember the first few laps the pace was immense, the corner speed of the new 800's was really on show. Rossi may have qualified 3rd but by lap one he was 7th, then lap two he was 8th :rolleyes:, I mean it looked like he was in for some serious hurt. Not so, by lap 9 he had taken the lead :D. How did he do it :?, he was 10th fastest in average speed, he didn't post the fastest lap time. Some experts call it flow, I call it rossi magic :)

Ooh, it will be hard to watch that race in front of the telly on Sunday. I was there the last three years and had to skip the 2009 edition ...but for a good reason. I bought a motorcycle. But I'll surely be there again in 2010. It is just a brilliant event and I encourage everyone to at least try and visit it once in your life. Will he win this year ? Hell yeah!



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