Italian Moto GP
The championship is wide open and there are only 12 points separating the top 3 with plenty of races still to come this season. A couple of weeks ago Jorge Lorenzo recorded an easy win in France with his team mate Rossi making it a one two for Yamaha. This weekend the teams head to Mugello and home to some famous wins over the years, including Valentino Rossi who won seven races in a row from 2002 but has had no victories since that run ended. It’s not a track that is either the fans favourite or the riders for that matter, but there are still points to be won and loss on a big weekend of motorport.
The Spanish riders have dominated Mugello for a few years with Lorenzo, Marquez and Pedrosa sharing the spoils for six years. It would be great for Dani Pedrosa to win a GP in his 250th race, but I feel he is a level below the three main protagonists. As I did in Le Mans, my money is going on Jorge Lorenzo to dominate all three days and extend his championship lead. The Majorcan has recently signed for Ducati and he seems to have that extra imputus to end his Yamaha career as a man on top, and especially showing The Doctor who is number 1. He’s always performed well in Italy and he’s the in form rider who can take yet another step to the title.
We finally found out that Andrea Dovizioso will keep his Ducati ride and partner Lorenzo in 2017, which means Andrea Iannone is surplus to requirements at the Italian team. The 26 year old has had more downs than ups this year with plenty of crashes at the expense of other riders and his team mate, quite possibly a nail in his coffin was taking out Dovizioso on the last corner in Argentina when in second and third. He will be gutted not to get a contract extension, but can build on his results this season starting this weekend. A great record at Mugello I see him as the top Italian rider after Rossi and having won here twice in Moto GP 2 and a couple of poles he can surprise a few doubters and restore his reputation. Race win is beyond him, but a one lapper can top the charts, so get on Iannone to win Q2 and take pole position on Sunday.