With a historic 300th premier class win in the books, the Repsol Honda Team now head to Italy for the next challenge.

Nestled in the hills and valleys northeast of Florence, the 5.2km long Mugello circuit is a favourite of fans and riders alike. Sweeping corners and one of the fastest straights of the year regularly produce some of the best races of the season.

Fresh from another dominating win, Marc Marquez leads the MotoGP World Championship by eight points and is looking as strong as ever aboard the Honda RC213V. While the Mugello circuit has seen Marquez take only a single win in the premier class, the Repsol Honda Team are hopeful of adding another victory thanks to the upgrades to the RC213V over winter.

Having taken his best finish of the season so far, Jorge Lorenzo heads for happy hunting grounds in Mugello. The Italian track has been ‘Lorenzo’s Land’ on six occasions in the premier class, missing the podium on only two occasions since 2008. Lorenzo’s progress adapting to the Repsol Honda Team RC213V took a major step forward in France and he arrives in Italy with renewed focus and motivation.

Free Practice 1 begins the weekend at 09:55 local time, Friday May 31 with the lights going out on Sunday, June 02, for the 23-lap race at 14:00 local time.

Marc Marquez 

“After Le Mans I am first of all hoping for good weather in Mugello! I like the circuit, even if we have not always had the best results there. If we keep working well from Friday as in previous rounds, I feel confident we can have a good race. Our rivals are always very strong and very close at this circuit, it can be a fun race on Sunday!”

Jorge Lorenzo 

“We made good progress in Le Mans with the setting of the bike and were able to be much closer to the front. I’ve had similar success in the past in Mugello as to Le Mans, so I am hopefully of continuing to improve our position. The Repsol Honda Team has been working very hard and I am sure soon I will be able to achieve some results to thank them.”

Rider Standings

1MARQUEZ Marc93SPA95Repsol Honda TeamHonda
2DOVIZIOSO Andrea4ITA87Mission Winnow DucatiDucati
3RINS Alex42SPA75Team Suzuki EcstarSuzuki
4ROSSI Valentino46ITA72Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGPYamaha
5PETRUCCI Danilo9ITA57Mission Winnow DucatiDucati
6MILLER Jack43AUS42Pramac RacingDucati
7MORBIDELLI Franco21ITA34Petronas Yamaha SRTYamaha
9ESPARGARO Pol44SPA31Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM
10VINALES Maverick12SPA30Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGPYamaha
11NAKAGAMI Takaaki30JPN29LCR HondaHonda
12QUARTARARO Fabio20FRA25Petronas Yamaha SRTYamaha
13ESPARGARO Aleix41SPA22Aprilia Racing Team GresiniAprilia
14LORENZO Jorge99SPA16Repsol Honda TeamHonda
15ZARCO Johann5FRA10Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM
16BAGNAIA Francesco63ITA9Pramac RacingDucati
17OLIVEIRA Miguel88POR8Red Bull KTM Tech 3KTM
18MIR Joan36SPA8Team Suzuki EcstarSuzuki
19BRADL Stefan6GER6HRC Test TeamHonda
20IANNONE Andrea29ITA6Aprilia Racing Team GresiniAprilia
21SYAHRIN Hafizh55MAL2Red Bull KTM Tech 3KTM
22RABAT Tito53SPA2Reale Avintia RacingDucati

Words and Photos: Honda Racing Corporation