Mugello, Italy

2011 Mugello MotoGP Race Result: Tense Battle Decides Podium In Final Laps

Results and summary of the MotoGP race at Mugello:

Jorge Lorenzo has taken a much-needed victory at Mugello to get his championship defense back on track, catching and then passing Casey Stoner to secure a convincing win.

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2011 Mugello Moto2 Race Result: Three-Way Battle Goes Down To The Wire

Results and summary of the Moto2 race at Mugello:

Marc Marquez has won his second race in a row, taking a hard-fought victory in the Moto2 race at Mugello, fighting off hard challenges from Bradley Smith and Stefan Bradl all race long.

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2011 Mugello 125cc Race Result: Race Long Duel Settled In Final Meters

Results and summary of the 125cc race at Mugello:

Nico Terol has returned from injury in style, taking a shrewd victory at the Italian Grand Prix at Mugello, passing Johann Zarco on the drag towards the finish line out of the final corner.

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2011 Mugello MotoGP Saturday Round Up: Italy Awaits

If you want to know what the attendance at a racetrack is, you have two options, the official channel, and the unofficial one. If you want the official tally, you have to wait until Sunday, when the circuit, together with Dorna, publish the number of spectators over the three days of the track. Those numbers are based on ticket sales, though how precisely they are reflect the numbers at the track is a frequent topic of speculation.

If you want a more accurate assessment of how busy a track is, then the best thing to do is to canvas a few of the regular photographers who shoot MotoGP. They spend all day wandering around the track, seeing most of the grandstands and hillsides which overlook the circuit. A trained eye for detail and an excellent memory are key assets for a professional photographer, so they generally have a pretty good idea of how many people are at the track. Their estimates are usually much more accurate than the official numbers, and can differ by a surprisingly large amount from them.

So when several photographers report that the hillsides at Mugello seem emptier again this year, then it would appear that MotoGP has a problem. And given the nature of MotoGP's audience in recent years, that problem has one major cause.

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