2011 Mugello MotoGP Press Release Previews From Pramac And Marlboro Ducati

Press releases from the Marlboro and Pramac Ducati squads. The factory Ducati press release includes news that Valentino Rossi's crew chief Jeremy Burgess will not be at Mugello. The veteran Australian engineer's wife has been diagnosed with a serious illness, and is undergoing tests and possible surgery in Australia. Burgess has returned to Australia to be with his wife in this difficult time. Our thoughts are with him and his wife, and we wish her a full and speedy recovery.

Below are the press releases from Marlboro and Pramac:


The Ducati Marlboro Team is making the short trip to the newly renovated Mugello circuit, where its first of two home Grand Prix rounds will take place on Sunday.

Valentino Rossi won't be joined by Jeremy Burgess. The crew chief has returned to Australia to be with his wife, who must undergo a series of medical exams and a possible urgent surgical procedure. The team and the Ducati technicians extend their best wishes to Burgess and his family, and they look forward to welcoming him back for Round 9 at Germany's Sachsenring in three weeks. In the meantime, Burgess's crew chief role will be filled by Max Bartolini, who normally works as Team Technical Manager on the Ducati Marlboro Team. Fabiano Sterlacchini will fill that role this week.

Ducati thanks Team Pramac, which always works very closely with the manufacturer, for making Sterlacchini available. He normally works as Team Technical Manager and Track Engineer for Loris Capirossi, who will miss the Italian GP due to injury.

The Mugello track is one of Valentino's favorites, as the Italian has won there no fewer than nine times in the various classes. Nicky Hayden earned a Mugello podium in 2006 and is also very fond of the circuit. As always, the team will be supported by thousands of ducatisti, who will be cheering from two beautiful grandstands at the Correntaio corner.

VALENTINO ROSSI, Ducati Marlboro Team

"First of all I'd like to wish good luck to Jeremy, who won't be able to join us this weekend due to very important personal reasons. We'll miss him very much in the garage, but we look forward to seeing him at the Sachsenring. In the meantime, we must try to do well at Mugello. We've ridden there with the GP12, but because our bike is an 800, it responds a little differently to adjustments, and it's also in its first phase of development. It will be vital to quickly find the right path for the setup, as it's important that we improve in every session in order to qualify in a good position. The track is one of my favorites, and I've always done pretty well there. Returning after last year's accident is no problem for me, because I enjoyed riding there during the recent tests, as I always do. I hope there will be a big crowd and that I'll be able to do better than we've managed until now, because this is a very important race."

NICKY HAYDEN, Ducati Marlboro Team

"Even though we're probably not at our finest moment, Mugello is going to be special for the team. I know the fans are going to come there and support us, especially now with an Italian rider. I love the track, although it's not one where I've had great results, so I'm not planning on an easy weekend. I know I'm going to have to come out there on Friday and get going. We're going to have plenty of expectations, and it should be a busy weekend with all the hype going on. I'm really looking forward to it.


"We're very sorry not to have Jeremy with us at Mugello for our home race, where we'll have many fans in the grandstands. We're with him in spirit, and we're awaiting his prompt return. In the meantime, we've revised the working structure in the box with the addition of Fabiano Sterlacchini, a very experienced Ducati engineer who normally looks after Loris, who is unfortunately injured. We thank Paolo Campinoti and the Pramac Team for making Fabiano available to us so that we can fully support Valentino for a very important race. As for Nicky, we'll continue working on the step 2 frame, which we didn't use in the race at Assen, where the inconsistent weather conditions prevented us from carrying out the necessary comparative tests."


Circuit Record: Dani Pedrosa (Honda – 2010), 1:49.531 – 172.389 Km/h
Best Pole: Valentino Rossi (Yamaha – 2008), 1:48.130 – 174.623 Km/h
Circuit Length: 5.245 km
MotoGP Race 2011: 23 laps (120.635 km)
MotoGP Schedule 2011: 14:00 Local Time
Number of laps: 23
Total race distance: 120.635 km
2010 PODIUM: 1st Dani Pedrosa, 2nd Jorge Lorenzo, 3rd Andrea Dovizioso
2010 POLE: Dani Pedrosa (Honda – 2010) 1:48.819 – 173.517 km/h


2010: 4th (Stoner)
2009: 1st (Stoner)
2008: 2nd (Stoner)
2007: 4th (Stoner)
2006: 2nd (Capirossi)
2005: 3rd (Capirossi)
2004: 4th (Bayliss)
2003: 2nd (Capirossi)


Bike: Ducati Marlboro Team Desmosedici GP11
Race number: 46
Age: 32 (born in Pesaro 16 February 1979)
Residence: Tavullia (Pesaro, Italy)
GPs: 248 (188 x MotoGP, 30 x 250cc, 30 x 125cc)
First GP: Malaysian GP, 1996 (125cc)
Number of Wins: 105 (79 x MotoGP, 14 x 250cc, 12 x 125cc)
First GP win: Czech Republic GP, 1996 (125cc)
Poles: 59 (49 x MotoGP, 5 x 250cc, 5 x 125cc)
First Pole: Czech Republic GP, 1996 (125cc)
World Titles: 9 (6 x MotoGP, 1 x 500cc, 1 x 250cc, 1 x 125cc)

Rossi's MotoGP track record at Mugello
2010: Grid: DNS; Race: DNS
2009: Grid: 4th; Race: 3rd
2008: Grid: 1st; Race: 1st
2007: Grid: 3rd; Race: 1st
2006: Grid: 3rd; Race: 1st
2005: Grid: 1st; Race: 1st
2004: Grid: 3rd; Race: 1st
2003: Grid: 1st; Race: 1st
2002: Grid: 1st; Race: 1st
2001: Grid: 1st; Race: DNF
2000: Grid: 3rd; Race: 12th

Rossi's 250 track record at Mugello
1999: Grid: 6th; Race: 1st
1998: Grid: 4th; Race: 2nd

Rossi's 125 track record at Mugello
1997: Grid: 3rd; Race: 1st
1996: Grid: 8th; Race: 4th


Bike: Ducati Marlboro Team Desmosedici GP11
Race number: 69
Age: 29 (born 30 July 1981 in Owensboro, Kentucky, USA)
Residence: Owensboro, Kentucky, USA
Number of GPs: 141 (141 x MotoGP)
First GP: Japanese GP, 2003 (MotoGP)
Number of wins: 3 (3 x MotoGP)
First GP win: USA GP, 2005 (MotoGP)
Poles: 5 (5 x MotoGP)
First Pole: USA GP, 2005 (MotoGP)
World Titles: 1 (MotoGP, 2006)

Hayden's MotoGP track record at Mugello
2010: Grid: 4th; Race: DNF
2009: Grid: 16th; Race: 12th
2008: Grid: 6th; Race: 13th
2007: Grid: 13th; Race: 10th
2006: Grid: 4th; Race: 3rd
2005: Grid: 4th; Race: 6th
2004: Grid: 2nd; Race: DNS
2003: Grid: 17th; Race: 12th


The eighth stage of the MotoGP World Championship arrives in Italy, at the Mugello circuit. It would not been a race like the other for Loris Capirossi, but yesterday the medical check up have confirmed the fracture of ninth tenth ribs and distorted the AC joint in his shoulder. His presence at Mugello is to be excluded. There is much sorrow inside the box of Italian, which will give the most important race of the season.

After the Assen fall, Randy de Puniet will be presented to the grand prize Tuscan awareness of wanting to get a positive result on the track of Ducati.

The Pramac Racing Team has always had a good relationship with this track, having finished three times on the third step of the podium, the Italian race, with Barros last to conquer it in 2007. Mugello circuit is one of the most demanding pilots and technicians. Since 1991 is an unmissable event in the calendar of the world. Famous for the difficulties in its track, for its security and beauty of the surrounding areas. Since 1991 is an unmissable event in the calendar of the world.

Fabiano Sterlacchini – Pramac Racing Technical Director

"The doctors we have in a sense illusory, because after visiting the hospital in Assen seemed that things were not so serious. In recent investigations have however found two fractures pretty serious one, above all, that would put at serious risk health of the driver if he decides to get on track. There is, in fact, the risk that the bone can come into contact with the organs and cause serious damage to Loris, for all these reasons we decided to forfeit the match. Unfortunately, Loris this was the most important race of the season.

We hope that Randy takes the flag of our team. Our bike has been developed at Mugello so we hope in a weekend fairly simple. It starts from zero, cerchermo get to the end of the championship with no goals. What has happened should serve to build a season finale lived up to our possibilities."

Loris Capirossi - Pilota Pramac Racing Team Rider

"I'm obviously very disappointed and angry. I was hoping I could do to get on track for this race, but the double fracture of the ninth and tenth ribs and distorting the AC joint injury forced me to raise the white flag for the first time in my career for Mugello. I'm sorry for the many fans who will be at Mugello, the track to which they are emotionally closest. I have many fond memories of this track, I wanted to turn my season in this circuit. Now I will have to rest, sit still for at least two weeks and try to get back on track as soon as possible".

Randy De Puniet - Pilota Pramac Racing Team Rider

"As I said after Assen, We have to reset everything, from Mugello a new season is beginning for us. Ducati fans will help us. I don't do predictions. My team has my confidence, I want to repay them with a good result and Mugello is the best opportunity that could happen."


Paolo Campinoti – Team Principal Pramac Racing

"We are extremely sad regarding what happened to Loris in Assen. It's such a pity, especially before such an important race, for him and for us, at the Mugello. It is our home Grand Prix and his absence will be felt. We tried to look for some alternative riders for this race, but in such a short time it was impossible. In this way, as part of our technical staff doesn't have a rider to manage we gladly accepted Ducati's request to use our Technical Engineer, Fabiano Sterlacchini, in support of Valentino Rossi's as to the absence of his official Chief Technician, Jeremy Burgess, due to personal matters. We confide that also thanks to this Valentino and Ducati will gain some benefits. Our relationship with the Ducati family is very strong and this particular situation can surely prove it."


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Well... looks like a bit of pressure for Burgess return?
"... look forward to welcoming him back for Round 9 at Germany's Sachsenring in three weeks"
Assuming that everything will be fine in his personal life...

"... and we're awaiting his prompt return."

Or maybe I'm just reading too much into that.

Sudden medical examinations with a potential emergency surgery mean cancer 99% of times. It should be obvious, but let me stress it anyway: when something like that hits a loved one, life suddenly gets bigger than your work, a race, or two, or three... I am sure everyone in Ducati - and almost everyone else reading and writing on this site - is acutely aware of this. Right now, before having the results of the examinations and/or surgery no one can tell for how long Jeremy will have more important things to think about than coordinating Valentino's garage. All best to his wife and to him, who cares about all the rest.

They could merely be expressing their hope to see him soon, wishing that his wife's surgery will go well.

Not doing predictions is a good idea. His season always stood the chance of going either one of two ways. I thought perhaps his grab the bike by the scruff of the neck style might work with the recalitrant Duke, but the collary to that is that RdeP is an inveterate crasher. His average points haul of less than 2 a meeting testifies to the later side of him winning out to date.

I don't like to see anyone doing poorly and feel sorry for the long suffering team principal Campinoti. Good luck Randy, I hope you can turn it around.

Should be a very important weekend for Ducati, not so sure they can compete with the Hondas but it will give them valuable back to back data with the 1200 engine in same or similar chassis.
Going to be interesting.