The Gerno di Lesmo (Italy) based Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Team are looking forward to returning to the Autodromo Internazionale del Mugello after a one-year absence. It will be an extra special weekend for the Factory Yamaha camp, as they consider the Gran Premio d'Italia Oakley their home GP.
Despite reclaiming the lead in the championship standings by one point after the French GP, Fabio Quartararo is keeping his feet firmly on the ground. His approach is to take the championship step by step. The Frenchman has not previously scored a podium at the Mugello circuit but will do everything in his power to change that this weekend.
Maverick Viñales is also looking forward to return to the beautiful flowing hills of Tuscany. He loves the Mugello track‘s technically challenging nature. The Spaniard had a three-consecutive podium streak there from 2011 - 2013, consisting of a win in Moto3 and two third places, one in 125cc and one in Moto3. He also secured a second place there in the premier class in 2017. This weekend he aims to challenge for a spot on the rostrum again and move up from his current fifth position in the overall rankings, 24 points from the top.
Mugello is considered one of the most attractive tracks on the calendar, thanks to its mixture of uphill and downhill sections and a variety of fast and slow turns. The 5245-metre-long Tuscan circuit hosted its first MotoGP event back in 1976 and became a permanent fixture in 1991. The Italian GP is famous for its great atmosphere and is said to be a must-be-at event for motorcycle fans. They will be greatly missed at the track this year.