The 2019 Italian GP is going to be held this weekend at the famous Mugello circuit. Last year, it was an interesting race here and we are hoping to witness an even more interesting and thrilling Grand Prix this time.
Here are 5 things you should know about the Italian GP:
1) Italy, together with the United Kingdom and the Netherlands, is the only country to have hosted GPs consecutively from 1949, the year in which the World Championship started, to the present.
2) Mugello is where MotoGP clocks the highest top speeds. Dovizioso currently holds the record after reaching 356.5 kmph last year on his Desmosedici GP.
3) With the second-longest straight on the calendar (1.141 meters) after the Circuit of the Americas, Mugello is among the fastest tracks in terms of average speed, but it also features hard-braking sections. Entering turn 1, in particular, the riders decelerate from 351 to 91 kmph over 5.6 seconds, covering over 300 meters.
4) Ducati scored 12 podiums in total at Mugello with Loris Capirossi (2003, 2005 and 2006), Alex Barros (2007), Casey Stoner (2008 and 2009), Andrea Iannone (2015 and 2016), Andrea Dovizioso (2017), Danilo Petrucci (2017), Andrea Dovizioso (2018) and Jorge Lorenzo (2018).
5) Thanks to Petrucci’s third place, adding to Dovizioso’s victory, Ducati scored its first ever double podium at Mugello in 2017.