Results and summary of the MotoGP race at Mugello:
Dani Pedrosa took an almost unchallenged win at Mugello, getting his usual excellent start to lead into the first corner, and controlling the race from start to finish. Pedrosa did more than just get a good start though: The Repsol Honda rider laid down a scorching pace, shattering the lap record for lap after lap, running six to seven tenths ahead of the chasing group.
That chasing group consisted of Jorge Lorenzo and Andrea Dovizioso, who tussled for 2nd for much of the race. Dovizioso got the best of the early laps, before being passed by the Fiat Yamaha rider, but even once Lorenzo was past, he could neither catch Pedrosa nor drop Dovizioso. Lorenzo's pace never faltered, but it was simply not fast enough. For Dovizioso, he was not quite quick enough to catch and pass Lorenzo.
The real meat of the action was the battle for 4th, with Marlboro Ducati's Casey Stoner, LCR Honda's Randy de Puniet and San Carlo Gresini Honda's Marco Melandri engaged in a wild and brutal scrap for most of the race. In the end, it was a brave move by Stoner on Melandri that settled it, after Melandri tried to pass Stoner but could not make it stick. Randy de Puniet, who had been leading the group as they started the final lap, lost out in braking for San Donato, and was left holding 6th.
Monster Tech 3 Yamaha's Ben Spies ended the race 7th after a strong start, but the Texan could not quite stay with the group fighting for 4th. Spies finished ahead of fellow "experienced rookie" Aleix Espargaro on the Pramac Ducati, while Melandri's Gresini teammate took 9th, and Rizla Suzuki's Loris Capirossi ended the day in 10th.
But the atmosphere at the race revolved around the one man who wasn't there. Valentino Rossi, watching the race from his hospital bed in Florence, saw a huge outpouring of well wishes from the fans and riders alike. His teammate Jorge Lorenzo held up a placard saying "Everybody can feel pain, but not everybody can be a legend" before the race, and he was joined by Marco Simoncelli and the Ducati corner, who had arranged to hold up red and white boards spelling out VALE. Lorenzo also appeared on the podium wearing a yellow #46 fan shirt, as a mark of respect for his injured Fiat Yamaha teammate.
But most of all, the empty gaps on the hillsides marked the importance of Valentino Rossi. Official attendance for the three days was 116,467, though Italian journalists thought those numbers might be inflated. That compares to 123,987 for 2009 at Mugello. That's a significant hole to fill.
|6||14||Randy DE PUNIET||HONDA||42'54.031||25.965|
|36||Mika KALLIO||DUCATI||15'06.148||15 laps|
|69||Nicky HAYDEN||DUCATI||9'24.063||18 laps|