The Italian MotoGP results are followed with a lot of passion from around the world, as it’s one of the premier racing events in the entire calendar. The MotoGP Italian event has been held in various forms from 1949. Up until 1990, it was known as the Gran Premio Delle Nazioni. After being held at Monza for just over two decades after its inception, Mugello MotoGP has been the home of the event since 1994.
The Autodromo Internazionale del Mugello is one of the prestigious race tracks in the MotoGP schedule. The track is located in Tuscany, Italy. It has a length of 5.245 km, which is used to nestle 14 turns and a very long straight for more than 1 km. These attributes make this circuit a high-speed race in the calendar. Incidentally, the circuit also encompasses a section that was previously used as a road course until 1970. Since 1974, however, the events have been held on a closed circuit. Apart from the MotoGP, Formula One teams also test at this circuit while other events include DTM, Superbike World Championship, and A1 Grand Prix.
When: 28-31 May 2020.
The MotoGP Mugello came into existence only in 1994, but it has been a regular feature of the Grand Prix campaign. It is usually held in the first half of the campaign when several other European events are taking place. The Spanish, French, Italian, and Catalan Grand Prix take place within a few weeks of each other.
The Italian GP has been a favourite of Valentino Rossi, who has picked up a victory on seven occasions in the MotoGP class. His decline in recent years has prompted other riders to make a claim at this event with Jorge Lorenzo being one of the dominant forces in the last few years. He has been able to pick up six victories at this event as a MotoGP rider with three wins over the previous five races. It is not a surprise that his success has helped the likes of Yamaha dominate the Italian MotoGP riders.
Marc Marquez has been the dominant figure in the 2020 MotoGP campaign and across the recent seasons. However, he has not been able to exert the same performance when it comes to this event. Even in 2020, the Spaniard started on pole position with his Honda but ended up finishing behind Danilo Petrucci in his Ducati. The 26-year-old had a very disappointing outing in 2018 after finishing outside the top 10. His closest recent success at this event also came in 2016 when he finished 2nd to Jorge Lorenzo. This chequered record makes him unlikely to be a strong favourite for the 2020 edition.
Lorenzo has been immensely successful when it comes to this event after winning it six times – only one behind record-holder Valentino Rossi. Even though his recent record in the Riders Champions race has not been so great, the veteran has been excellent when it comes to dominating this track and circuit.
Andrea Dovizioso has been the closest competitor for Marquez in the 2020 campaign, but he has been able to register only two victories up until the middle of the campaign. His major breakthrough at the Italian Grand Prix came in 2017 when he managed to pick up a victory in this home event. This happens to be his only success at this track.
Danilo Petrucci was able to claim the first victory of his 2020 MotoGP campaign at the Italian event, and it was once again a joyous moment for the Ducati team considering that it was a home victory for the rider. The domination from Italy has grown in the last three seasons with Petrucci and Dovizioso picking up victories. It has also given Ducati a strong sense of connection with the Italian Grand Prix confirming that Yamaha has been the most successful team at this event in recent times.
There are a number of opportunities when it comes to betting on this event. Almost every bookmaker has a special interest with this race, and this tends to reflect in the number of markets that are available. Even before the race weekend starts, punters will be able to make selections on different markets and not just being able to choose the winners. However, the process of making the right selection boils down to being aware of various information about the current and previous trends.
Any punters looking to make the most of this event will be focused on the market to predict the winner of the race. They will be camping heavily on this market considering the number of repeat winners in the past. Rossi may have claimed immense success for too long ago, but the current trend might be a lot different.
Among the several markets that can be of major interest, the market to pick the fastest and best lap is an intriguing choice and one that has to be made with a lot of care and knowledge.
The Italian MotoGP has long been a fan favourite, and it is immensely popular. The racing action is too good to miss, and the same can be said about the betting opportunities.