2015 Mugello Moto2 And Moto3 Preview Press Releases

Press release previews of Mugello from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams:

Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 ready for next challenge at Mugello

Estrella Galicia 0,0 riders, Fabio Quartararo and Jorge Navarro, arrive at the Tuscan circuit with 52 and 12 points, respectively, and motivated after the experience gained in the five Grands Prix contested thus far.

Tuscany in Italy is the latest destination for Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 as they contest round six of the World Championship this weekend.

After competing at two familiar tracks in Jerez and Le Mans, the Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 riders go back to the unknown with their first appearance at Mugello, which hosts the Italian GP this weekend. Whilst riders Fabio Quartararo and Jorge Navarro have yet to ride at one of the most popular tracks on the calendar, Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 have a fond memory of last year’s Italian round: They were on the podium thanks to Álex Rins’ third place in the race.

The first free practice session for the Italian Grand Prix takes place on Friday at 9am local time, with the race on Sunday at 11am.

Circuit of Mugello

Did you know...?

The Autódromo Internacional de Mugello, located in the Italian region of Tuscany, is one of the most emblematic circuits on the MotoGP calendar.

About 30km north of the city of Florence, Mugello has hosted racing events since 1920, when it was a 66.2km track consisting of local roads running through the scenic, twisty, Passo de Futta route.

The Mugello circuit in its current incarnation was opened in 1974, a track owned by Ferrari and 5.2km in length, renowned for its long straight and very fast corners.

Fabio Quartararo

Estrella Galicia 0,0 rider

4th in the overall standings with 52 points

"After the race at Le Mans, despite my crash, I go to Mugello with a lot of confidence."

"I think the Mugello circuit will be quite fun to ride. I've never ridden there but, after studying it, I've seen that it has very fast corners -especially the two chicanes at the beginning. It also seems very technical and I like that a lot. After the race at Le Mans, despite my crash, I go to Mugello very confident and convinced that we will work our hardest from the opening day, because it is a very nice circuit that I'm excited to ride at.”

Jorge Navarro

Estrella Galicia 0,0 rider

16th in the overall standings with 12 points

"Mugello is a circuit with a long straight, where slipstreaming will be important."

"The Mugello Circuit is new to me and this week I've been watching videos in order to acquire information and try to adapt as quickly as possible. We will start the weekend trying to reach the targets set for each session and trying to gradually improve as much as possible, in order to be ready for the race on Sunday. Mugello is a circuit with a long straight, where slipstreaming will be important, so we will work to get top performance out of our Honda.”

Rabat to make 150th Grand Prix start at Mugello

Gosselies, Belgium – 26 May 2015: Reigning Moto2 World Champion Tito Rabat heads into this weekend’s Italian Grand Prix at Mugello, the 150th Grand Prix race of his career, still chasing that elusive first win of the season.

Rabat, who celebrated his 26th birthday yesterday, dominated proceedings in Mugello last year, claiming pole position on Saturday before going on to set a new circuit record on his way to his third win of the season on Sunday.

It is this success that Rabat is keen to repeat this weekend, after getting his title defence back on track with podium finishes in the previous two races in Jerez and Le Mans. The Spaniard currently lies sixth in the championship standings, 36 points adrift of series leader Johann Zarco, a gap he is determined to close in Mugello.

Reigning Moto3 World Champion Álex Márquez has so far endured a troublesome transition to Moto2, but the 19-year-old Spaniard heads to Italy as motivated as ever and determined to rebuild his confidence with a strong showing in Mugello.

Tito Rabat:

“The last two races have been good, but that won’t change my approach. I always go into the weekend ready to work hard together with the team, to try and fight for the win on Sunday and that will be the same in Mugello. What does change is the situation and the situation is different this year compared to last. We are not where we expected to be right now, but I’m happy with my bike, happy with my team and happy with my performance, so if I focus on the job at hand and give my maximum like always then I know the results will come. Mugello is one of my favourite tracks; it’s so fast, so nice to ride and the atmosphere is always electric. I’m looking forward to the weekend ahead.”

Álex Márquez:

“In Mugello it’s important that we find a good set up on the bike earlier in the weekend. Previously we’ve still been making improvements as late as warm up but not benefitting from them in the race because of our qualifying position. We need to speed up this process so that we go into qualifying more competitive and able to push for a better grid position. Like a lot of riders I count Mugello as one of my favourite tracks. I like racing there and when you enjoy riding the bike it’s much easier to focus on the positive and to rebuild confidence.”

Michael Bartholemy: Team Principal

“Mugello will be an interesting weekend in terms of the championship. Tito had a shaky start to the season, but his results in Jerez and Le Mans show quite clearly that he’s now got to grips with the 2015 Kalex and his confidence has returned. We know from last year that Tito can win on any track and this is a major advantage compared to his championship rivals. Some people have written Tito’s title challenge off already, but then they did that last year when he didn’t win in Jerez and it was equally premature then. This weekend Álex needs to forget Le Mans, hit the reset button and enjoy riding the bike once again. If he can do that then I’m sure he will quickly regain the confidence that he was missing in France.”


The sixth round of the 2015 Moto3 World Championship sees Enea Bastianini and Andrea Locatelli set to race on home soil this weekend as Gresini Racing Team Moto3 travels to the legendary Mugello track for this season’s first race event in Italy.

Fresh from the second place finish at Le Mans thanks to a stunning comeback race, Bastianini will start his home race with 67 points in the overall standings, ready to fight again for the podium after having reached a good feeling with his Honda NSF250RW machine.

His team mate Andrea Locatelli, who has just missed out on points in France, is confident that the Tuscan track will represent an opportunity to regain the good level of competitiveness shown in the first two Grands Prix of the season and thus return to fight for better positions.


"Mugello is a circuit as beautiful as difficult: last year, at my first experience with a fast bike, it took me a bit of time to find the right lines. In fact, the track is very wide and allows you to keep several lines. This year I will be able to count on greater experience: the aim is to start the weekend in a good way, keeping a good rhythm, then we’ll try to get the maximum in the race. In Le Mans I found the right feeling with the bike, so I think we can fight once again for a podium finish: racing at home is always nice and exciting, we'll try to entertain the fans!”.


“We arrive at Mugello with a great motivation: it's a track I know very well and I think this race will represent the perfect occasion to regain the competitiveness shown in the first two Grands Prix of the season. I think that we have the potential to fight at the top, we only need to return to take the right direction in terms of chassis set-up. Last year I returned at Mugello after missing two races due to a wrist injury, but a gearbox problem didn’t allow me to make a good race. I hope to have more luck this year”.


“Two weeks ago in Le Mans we did a great job: Bastianini raced really well and he was satisfied with the feeling he reached with his Honda, compared to the previous races. Therefore, at Mugello we just need to confirm this trend to find ourselves again fighting for the win. Locatelli went through a difficult time, but I think that already in France he has already showed a good sign of recovery: I’m convinced that the home race will help him to fight for the positions that he deserves”.

Moto3 - San Carlo Team Italia at Mugello for the first home GP

Stefano Manzi and Matteo Ferrari ready for the Italian Gran Prix.

At the "Autodromo Internazionale del Mugello", San Carlo Team Italia gets ready for the first home Gran Prix of the 2015 Moto3 World Championship. It’s a special round for the Team of the Italian Motorcycling Federation not only on track: on Friday 29 May, in the presence of the FMI President Paolo Sesti, Team Italia will celebrate the 30th anniversary from its foundation, awarding some of the most representative riders and personalities of its 30 years of history, dedicated to launch the future champions into the national and international motorcycling.

In parallel with the celebration of the 30th anniversary, the two riders of San Carlo Team Italia will try to benefit from the “home advantage” on track, motivated to give their best to honour the home Gran Prix. After conquering his first point in the World Championship with the 15th place at Le Mans, the sixteen-year-old rider Stefano Manzi aims for repeating, even because he got some excellent results at Mugello in CIV Moto3 and Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup (podium last year in the only race of the weekend). Matteo Ferrari is likewise confident, since last year he got his first seasonal points at Mugello, with the 14th place in race. The rider from Rimini is among the best experts of the Mugello Circuit in Moto3, enough to get the first victory in the first memorable race of CIV Moto3 at Mugello.

Next to the riders of San Carlo Team Italia, the current leader of the CIV Moto3 standings Marco Bezzecchi will ride at Mugello as a wild card, representative of the project “San Carlo Talenti Azzurri FMI” of the Italian Motorcycling Federation and San Carlo Gruppo Alimentare S.p.A, whose purpose is the research and formation of young Italian riders of road racing. For the sixteen-year-old rider from Rimini, winner of three races out of four in CIV Moto3 with the Mahindra Peugeot of Team Minimoto Portomaggiore, this will be the second presence in the World Championship, after the positive experience of last March at Losail, with San Carlo Team Italia.

Cristiano Migliorati (Sports Manager - San Carlo Team Italia Moto3)

"It’s always special to race at Mugello, so we will try to benefit from the “home advantage”. After great performances highlighted in qualifying between Jerez and Le Mans, our intention is to achieve excellent results also in race, moving the positivity of Saturday also to Sunday’s race. With our two riders we will try to keep a good level of concentration and to focus on how to optimise the start and the first phases of race, two essential aspects to be competitive in the Moto3 grid. The potential of our Mahindra is out of question: the results in qualifying and the gap from the leaders confirm it, the team has a great package to reach convincing levels during the whole season. The home climate and these good premises will help us for the whole weekend, where we will try to be in the points with both our riders, a goal that we still miss."


The Team Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 is on the way to the Tuscan region of Italy for the sixth round of the 2015 Moto2 World Championship, to be held at the picturesque and demanding Mugello circuit.

Xavier Siméon, currently eighth in the overall standings with 39 points, has recovered well from the left ankle injury following the crash during the free practice of the French Grand Prix and hopes to be back in the fight for the podium on a track that on paper suits well to the set-up of his Kalex.


“At Mugello we expect another hard fought race, as always! However, we are ready to fight: in these days I could rest and I’m sure that my left ankle, though not yet one hundred percent, won’t give me any problems when riding. I’m feeling very comfortable with the bike and even though in Le Mans I struggled a bit to get a good pace in the early stages of the race, at Mugello I think we can try to be more aggressive right from the first laps, and thus return to fight for the podium positions. The track is very nice and I think it suits well the chassis set-up of our Kalex: in this track you need a bike easy to ride in the fast chicanes, and a very stable bike in the fast corners like Arrabbiata 1 and 2, where you can make the difference. It’s also useful to count on a good traction particularly in the last sector, before the long start-finish straight. I think we can be effective under these points of view, so I’m confident that we can be fast”.


“Siméon in France perhaps was a bit conservative in the race and definitely the fall during the Saturday morning practice affected him a little. However, at Le Mans it was important to finish the race: from this point of view Xavier has been very constructive, collecting important points for the championship. We are currently eighth in the standings, also because of the two ‘zero’ of Austin and Rio Hondo, but it’s clear that now our potential allows us to aim higher, so we hope to be able to demonstrate it at Mugello”.


Mattia Pasini’s racing return in the Moto2 World Championship is getting closer: Friday, May 29 the Italian rider will be back on track for the first free practice session of the Italian Grand Prix, to which he will take part as a Wild Card aboard the Team Gresini Moto2 Kalex machine.

To prepare this race Pasini - after having completed two days of testing on May 6 and 7 on the Spanish circuit of Aragon - tested again his bike at Misano on May 21, obtaining encouraging lap times. Mattia is therefore in high spirits ahead of Mugello, a circuit where he has already won twice, in 2006 in 125cc and in 2009 in 250cc.


“Both in Aragon and in Misano we carried out positive tests: I’ve been fast and I found a very good feeling with the bike, but the most important thing that makes me optimistic is the really good atmosphere I immediately felt inside the garage. I’m co nvinced that this factor is very important in racing. I look forward to the Mugello race driven by great enthusiasm, although clearly in this moment it’s difficult to make a prediction: I would just like to have the opportunity to fully express my potential; if we do it, I think we can have a good race, although the challenge we face is definitely not easy. Our rivals took part to all the first part of the season and they are all very strong; anyway, we will try our best to do well”.


“I’ve always loved Pasini’s racing attitude and I'm glad to be able to give him the opportunity to take part to this event as a Wild Card: adventures like these are even more stimulating when they involve such a talented rider like Mattia, who has always demonstrated a great desire to succeed. I’m convinced that he can do a good race: we wait for him with great confidence, and I think that also the fans will be happy to see him back on track”.

Zarco going for fifth consecutive podium of the season at Mugello

Ajo Motorsport rider and leader of World Moto2 World Championship wants first victory at the Italian track.

05/27/2015 - Mugello Circuit, Italy

Johann Zarco arrives at Mugello with the intention of achieving his fifth consecutive podium of the season. After achieving third place at Le Mans, the Frenchman intends to maintain the level he has shown so far this season and further increase the advantage of 21 points he holds as leader of the Moto2 standings.

The Ajo Motorsport rider is experiencing the best start to a season of his career, on a run of four consecutive podium finishes. He took 4 in the entirety of 2014. The Frenchman has competed in 6 Italian Grands Prix, with a second place in 2011 (125cc) and a third in 2013 (Moto2) his best results. This time, he will try to take his Kalex to the top of the podium.

The Moto2 action in Tuscany begins on Friday with free practice and concludes on Sunday with the race at 12:20pm local time.


"It was at the Mugello circuit where I got my first big result, a sixth in my fifth race as a World Championship rider (2009). Two years later, also in 125cc, I got a second position there, and in 2013 I claimed my first podium in Moto2. So I think it's a circuit where I can be fast with the Kalex. After Le Mans, I want to fight for victory again and enjoy the weekend. I hope I can take the win, especially to dedicate the victory to my crew chief, Massimo [Branchini], who is Italian. Hopefully the weather is favourable."

Red Bull KTM Ajo looking to get back on the podium in Italy

Miguel Oliveira, Brad Binder and Karel Hanika arrive in Mugello keen to move on and return to top positions. Continued progress allows them to face event with confidence.

05/27/2015 - Mugello Circuit, Italy

The French GP was not an easy weekend for the trio of Red Bull KTM Ajo riders –reason for Miguel Oliveira, Brad Binder and Karel Hanika to reach the sixth round of the year highly motivated. The Mugello Circuit will test the riders and their KTM bike, after they have made significant progress in recent weeks. One of the main goals of the Red Bull KTM Ajo team will be to climb up the overall standings in Moto3: Binder lies seventh, Oliveira eighth and Hanika thirteenth.

For the South African and Portuguese Red Bull KTM Ajo riders, the French Grand Prix was something of a downer after achieving their first podium of the season at Jerez. Oliveira just missed out on the podium on his last two visits to Mugello, placing fourth each time. Ninth at the Tuscan circuit last year was Binder, who this season has made his best start to a World Championship campaign –despite a first DNF at Le Mans.

Karel Hanika was forced to use the most recent Grand Prix as a transitional appointment to work for the future, due to a penalty that forced him to start from pitlane. The Czech achieved his aim in France and was satisfied with his pace. This weekend he hopes for a good race, at a track where he placed in the Top 10 last season as a rookie.

The Italian Grand Prix will follow the standard timetable for European rounds, from Friday to Sunday with the race at 11am local time. Slipstreaming is likely to play a major role in the final stretch of the race, due to the 1.1km main straight. The last victory for Red Bull KTM Ajo at the circuit was in 2013 with Luis Salom.


"I head to Mugello really motivated, because after Le Mans we have been able to improve the setup of the bike. Mugello is a track that has very fast corners and where stability will be very important, which is what we have improved most over the last few weeks. As always, I go to Italy excited and with the aim of winning. I trust my team and KTM, as well as my ability to get the result that we’re hoping to achieve."


"I ended the race at Le Mans very disappointed, because obviously being unable to complete a single lap was not what I had planned. That gives me an extra motivation going into this round at Mugello, to try to return to the top positions. We have to try to get back on the podium. Right now we are in seventh place overall and it is not where we should be –we need to score points. I enjoy riding at this track; it's fast and flowing. Also, if we look at the top speed of my KTM at the last few races, it has been very good, so this will be very important on the long straight. We have a bike with a lot of power, so we should use this."


"The Mugello circuit is very nice, probably one of my favourites on the calendar. Last year we set good times, had a good qualifying session and finished the race satisfied, entering the Top 10 and riding with the leading group for the first time. I am eager to have a regular GP weekend, where I can fight for the top places. I have fully recovered from the operation on my right hand and my shoulder only hurts at times. I honestly think we can do very well, because in every race we have made progress and it shows. We'll push as hard as possible to be at the front in every session."

The Sky Racing Team VR46 goes into the GP of Italy poised to keep on dreaming

After his win at Le Mans, Fenati is on a high ready to go back to the home track where in 2014 he took the highest step of the podium.

Migno is thirsty for success as he is determined to stay in the top 10 pack

Romano Fenati’s win at Le Mans brought him and the Sky Racing Team VR46 back on the highest step of the podium. On his sixth career achievement in the World Championship in terms of results – the fifth with the Sky Racing Team VR46 – Fenati is the Italian spearhead of the Moto3 class: since 2012, he has been the only Italian rider to win a race, thus placing fourth in the all-time standings thanks to his 6 overall wins, behind Luis Salom (9), Maverick Vinales and Alex Rins (8). The Italian rider will head back to Mugello after having set favourable precedents on that track, starting from last year’s win with the brand-new Sky Racing Team VR46 livery featuring the Italian flag colours all the way to the project for developing and promoting Italian-grown talents.

Alongside Fenati’s success, also Andrea Migno pulled off a good performance thus clinching 9th spot at Le Mans and securing his first top-10 finish of the season. Such a result confirmed the young rider’s third place on the “Rookie of the Year” standings reserved to riders making their debut in the World Championship. Migno already had the chance to ride on the Italian track in 2010 and 2011 seasons of the CIV – putting in two top-10 finishes – and in 2013 as a wild card in the Moto3 class.


PABLO NIETO / Team Manager

The Gran Premio d’Italia Tim is one of the most important for us. After an outstanding race at Le Mans, we will have to face a much more technical track, very entertaining but also very challenging, where only a group of 14 riders is likely to get to the end. Romano is on a high after his win in France, but we know well that we have to try and keep improving from this. Also Andrea will have to build on his good performance last time out: at Le Mans he was able to secure a top-ten finish and that’s very important for him ahead of the home race. Home fans will certainly be an extra motivation for him.


My win at Le Mans was the sign me and the team had been waiting for: it was the reward for the hard work we have been doing since the start of the season to fix problems and find the right feeling with the bike. It is hard to put into words what the Mugello GP means for me as an Italian rider: it’s the home race, the most exciting one you cannot wait to run. For me it’s all the more special as in the past it gave me great satisfactions and also this time round I’m desperate to make it again in front of my home fans.


At Mugello my heart will be thumping. I set good precedents here and the improvements made over the last few races – regarding both me and the bike – have boosted my confidence. We are improving and we just have to continue on this path, throwing ourselves into the job to try and get closer and closer to the front group.


The picturesque Tuscany landscape welcomes the Moto3™ World Championship for this weekend’s Gran Premio d’Italia, round six of the highly competitive series, with the team’s British rider Danny Kent in a comfortable lead.

But beyond that Kent arrives in Italy in such as a good shape ahead of the Gran Premio d’Italia as the 22 year young Honda rider sees the ultrafast and flowing Mugello as one of the stronger circuit of the calendar for him and his package.

Kent, who finished the French GP in a respectable fourth place after a strong comeback starting down on the grid two weeks’ time ago, has no further illusion that the competition at the fierce end is still pretty tight so he aims to continue working faultless on his own pace which means that he eyes with another break away at the Italian track this Sunday as the series leader already demonstrated in Austin and at the Argentine round earlier this year.

Team mate Efren Vazquez recovered quickly from his first race crash this season last time in Le Mans so the experienced Spaniard targets to comeback as a regular frontrunner in Italy this weekend whilst series rookie Hiroki Ono will go out on track in Mugello for the first time as a World Championship rider. However, Ono knows the secrets of the marvellous Autodromo from a race start in national Italian Championship back in 2011.

The Gran Premio d’Italia at the ultramodern Autodromo Internazionale del Mugello, where corners evocative named such as the likes of San Donato, Poggio Secco, Materassi, Casanova/Savelli - of course one the most speediest downhill chicane of the entire calendar - and Arrabbiata 1 and 2, Palagio, Correntaio, Bondetti 1 and 2, Bucine, etc., for riders and teams it’s definitely a season’s highlight since the Italian round is held there back in the early 1990ties. The track layout requires a precise line due to its fast and flowing section throughout a lap of 5.2 kilometres circuit. The 21 lap race gets underway at 11am this Sunday morning.

#7 Efren VAZQUEZ - World Championship position 3rd (60 points):

“Well, after our incident at the Le Mans race we go to Mugello of course with the intention to recover, but also with good confidence. We expected a good result even though we started down on the grid in France, but after the first chicane one rider hit my front tire and I couldn’t avoid crashing. I was lucky to remain unhurt and nobody else got involved because of some limited view there. But that’s already history. I go to Mugello with good memories because I own the fastest lap time there from last year. I did well during all practice sessions and in qualifying practice but unfortunately in the race I missed some luck. However, I’m in good shape and I think the confidence is back as soon as I jump on my Honda. I think we’ll be able to fight for a podium finish.”

#52 Danny KENT - World Championship position Leader (104 points):

“I’m really looking forward to Mugello. It’s a track I really enjoy, and I can’t wait to ride it on the Honda. I believe it will be one of our stronger circuits, because it suits my riding style a lot as well as the Honda, with its fast and flowing corners. Our plans remain the same as every weekend and that’s to work hard on my own fast and consistent pace every single lap in order to prepare 100 percent for Sunday’s race.”

#76 Hiroki ONO - World Championship position 21st (8 points):

“Well, Mugello is another different type of track yet. But I think I won’t experience that much problems to adapt to this fast and flowing circuit because I know it from a race in Italian Championship with a two-stroke bike back in 2011. In this year I started in World Championship initially but after a couple of races I was forced to made a move just in order to continue my career in a European series where I saw more potential to grow for a permanent World championship rider. Anyway, I look forward to the upcoming race weekend because of course I like the Mugello circuit a lot. I think I’ll enjoy riding my Honda through all these fast sections there and I aim for another strong points scoring finish this Sunday.”

Moto2 Hard Front Tyre To Make Race Debut At Mugello

• Philipp Oettl Regains Dunlop#ForeverForward League

Following the successful debut of the next generation Moto3 tyres at Le Mans, Moto2 riders have their turn at racing a new Dunlop tyre at Mugello this weekend. The Hard ‘3’ has been successfully tested but the Italian track will be the first opportunity for FIM Moto World Championship riders to race on the compound.

Mugello will be the second consecutive race to see new Dunlop tyres being put through their paces in a race after the Moto3 riders had the opportunity to compete on the new Soft ‘1’ and Medium ‘1’ rear tyres and the narrower deeper profiled front tyres at Le Mans. All four new tyres were chosen in a variety of combinations by the riders with the Medium ‘1’ and Medium front proving to be the winning combination for Romano Fenati.

Mugello 2014 Highlights

Mugello saw Rabat take his third win of the year with Salom close behind, but the pair had pulled a big margin ahead of the rest of the field. Rabat won from pole position on the ‘997’ hard rear while Salom had a harder charge from sixth on the grid for which he chose the medium compound ‘9855’. Rabat not only beat the race lap record on lap 19 of 21, but set a new best race time for the track, beating the previous record by a full seven seconds.

Fact: Mugello saw plenty of position changes – In Moto2 Simone Corsi finished fourth having started in 22nd using the same tyre choice as winner Rabat. In Moto3 Miguel Oliveira was the only top six finisher to have opted for anything other than medium compound tyres. He gained 15 places to finish fourth using a hard front tyre.

Simon Betney, International Event Manager, Dunlop Motorsport:

“The new tyres were received very well at Le Mans and it is interesting to start seeing riders using the softer tyre for race advantage. It will be good to see more riders choose the softer option now that they have seen how durable it is in race conditions. All the tyres performed well with lap records being broken on their first race. We hope to have the same positive response to the new Moto2 tyre this weekend in Italy.”

Dunlop #ForeverForward League

Returning to top of the table is Philipp Oettl who gained 23 places to finish in tenth in the Moto3 race. Danny Kent, current Moto3 leader, made his mark by riding through the field from 31st to fourth making him the highest individual race point scorer of the season to date. The 27 points take him from 48th to equal 4th in the Dunlop #ForeverForward League for riders who have made the biggest improvement from starting position to race finish. Previously the highest scorer was Romano Fenati who gained 26 places in Argentina.

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