Valentino Rossi has won the last five MotoGP races at Mugello, and will no doubt be going all out to make sure he gets his sixth consecutive win there on Sunday, the 2nd of June. Says Rossi, ‘I have a very special relationship with Mugello. I have won there many times, including the last three years with Yamaha, and I've had some of the greatest races of my life there. Even though I will have a second home race this year at Misano, Mugello is something incredible and the fans and atmosphere there are always unbelievable. It's a fantastic track but of course the straight is very long, and we know we're going to have a very hard battle on our hands. At least we can rely on the weather... I hope!’
Incidentally, Rossi is also on the cover of the June 2007 issue of Italian GQ. Il Dottore is also GQ’s Il Edittore for this special issue! But back to Mugello, and on to the man who could be Rossi’s biggest challenger this coming Sunday – Loris Capirossi. Loris won at Mugello in the 500cc class back in the year 2000, when he took his Honda Pons NSR500 to first place. This time around, Capirossi could be a strong contender for the win, and his chances might be helped by the fact that his Ducati Desmosedici GP7 is getting freshly tweaked electronics and fuel mapping, which are supposed to make the engine respond better to Capirossi’s riding style.
Says Loris, ‘Mugello is our track, and it’s an important race for us. In fact, it is a great event for all the Italians. Last year, Valentino and I had a great battle here for the win. This year, we are working hard to adapt the GP7 to my style of riding – I absolutely want to find my speed again!’ Now we’re sure Mugello will see an all-out Rossi vs Capirossi battle on the coming Sunday, and we can’t wait to see whether The Stormy Stoner will be able to throw a spanner in the Italian riders’ works…
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