Mugello is a real motorcycle racing track. And on Sunday, it served up a real motorcycle race. After close games of follow-my-leader at Jerez and Le Mans, we had battles, we had passing, we had riders attacking and counterattacking, lining people up to dive underneath, or sweeping out of the slipstream to dive under the rider ahead at Turn 1.
Does this mean MotoGP's overtaking problem has been fixed? Only if we hold an entire season's worth of racing at Mugello and Phillip Island (which doesn't sound like such a terrible idea, to be honest). But it offers hope that when conditions are right, we can see the kind of spectacle which we have come to expect from MotoGP.
Even the atmosphere was good. Sure, the crowd was much thinner on the ground than in previous years – roughly half of what you might expect, making the drive into the track smooth and easy – but they brought the smoke bombs, the passion, the cheering, helped in no small part by the fact that there was an all-Italian front row, and an Italian rider won the Italian Grand Prix on an Italian bike.
Moto2 standings after Mugello:
Results and summary of the Moto2 race at Mugello:
Results and summary of qualifying for the Moto2 class at Mugello:
Not unusually for the intermediate class, Friday’s benchmark was quick to fall at the start of FP3 and top spot changed hands quite a bit towards the end of the session. Helped by some late yellow flags, Aron Canet took control of FP3 for the final two minutes and kept it to the chequered flag, with a minor six hundredths of a second advantage over the KTM Ajo duo of Pedro Acosta and Augusto Fernandez, who also took turns at the front.