MotoGP preview: Italy

MotoGP heads out to the legendary Mugello circuit for round 7 of the championship.

Marq Marquez dominates the standings on 95 points after taking victory last time out in Le Mans. Mugello is not a track that favours Marquez as he has only taken one victory which was in his dominant 2014 year. However, Marquez had not had the best records at Le Mans and Jerez which he has both won and is definitely a strong contender for victory.

A man who needs a result here to boost his championship chances is Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso who has not finished the last 2 races. In Jerez, he was taken out by teammate Lorenzo and in Le Mans, he crashed while in the lead. He now lies 9th in the standings already a staggering 49 points behind Marquez! If he wants to challenge for this championship, he must win in Mugello!

The biggest talking point of the weekend is the future of Jorge Lorenzo. It seems certain that the 5 time world champion will leave Ducati but where will he go? There were early rumors that he would join the Suzuki team but it seems that 2017 Moto3 champion Joan Mir will take that seat. There are now rumors of Marc VDS and Aprilia being his choices. There are also rumors that he might not be on the MotoGP grid next year! What Lorenzo needs is a strong finish on a track where he won spectacularly in 2016 and one that suits his Ducati on their home turf.

Yamaha have had a very strange 2018 because despite sitting 2nd and 4th in the standings, it has been one of their worst for many years. They have still to register a win but Valentino Rossi came through to 3rd in Le Mans and will want to take his 10th win at Mugello in front of his home crowd. His teammate will want to start taking points off Marquez and at least put some pressure on the Repsol Honda team.

Mugello could be a great opportunity for Pramac. They scored a brilliant 2nd position with Danilo Petrucci last time out in Le Mans and despite being on a 2017 bike, Jack Miller finished 4th. Mugello will suit their bike and while they are in great form, who knows if they could take a podium or even a victory!

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