MotoMatters.com is delighted to feature the work of iconic MotoGP writer Mat Oxley. Oxley is a former racer, TT winner and highly respected author of biographies of world champions Mick Doohan and Valentino Rossi, and currently writes for Motor Sport Magazine, where he is MotoGP correspondent. We are featuring sections from Oxley's blogs, which are posted in full on the Motor Sport Magazine website.
Planes, trains, autocycles…
Whatever you are doing, drop it right now and plan your visit to the Italian Grand Prix because there may never be another MotoGP race like it.
Ride your bike, jump on a ferry, book a flight, buy a train ticket, strap a tent to the back of that rusting C90 in the back of the garage, share a car, hire a minibus, or hitch, or crawl the whole way, like a pilgrim, backwards.
Valentino Rossi is leading the 2015 MotoGP world championship, riding the crest of a wave, aiming to achieve what will be a hugely historical – not just in motorcycle racing but across all sports – 10th world title, 18 years after his first.
After defeats at the last two races he knows very well that he needs another win to keep his championship momentum rolling, and there’s nowhere else on earth where he’s going to be stronger than at Mugello. Rossi has won 10 GPs there, more than at any other track, including a remarkable series of seven consecutive MotoGP victories.
He adores Mugello and the Yamaha works well there because it’s a bumpy, challenging, corner-speed circuit that rewards an easy-going, fine-handling motorcycle. And then there will be the support of a hundred thousand or more delirious fans.
Read the rest of Mat Oxley's blog on the Motor Sport Magazine website.