2021 MotoGP Italian Grand Prix Preview

This weekend will see the three main MotoGP categories return to Mugello for the Italian Grand Prix. This after last season’s round was cancelled.

In Moto3 Pedro Acosta heads the championship and will enter the latest Grand Prix with a 54 point advantage over nearest rival Sergio Garcia. Completing the top three in the championship is Andrea Migno who is two points behind Garcia.

Acosta started his time in Moto3 impressively having finished inside the top two in the opening four races of the season. Added to this is that the Spaniard won the three races prior to the last round in Le Mans. However last time out that run came to an end when Acosta finished eighth in France, this after an early crash during the Grand Prix.

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All of which meant that Garcia won in Le Mans ahead of Filip Salac and Riccardo Rossi, while Migno was classified down in eleventh.

Garcia has scored points in four of the five races contested so far, with a previous best finish of fourth coming in the season opener. Meanwhile Migno’s eleventh place finish brought to an end a run of three consecutive finishes inside the top five.

A mention of the other two podium finishers in Le Mans. Salac enters this weekend ninth in the championship, six points behind Darryn Binder in eighth and three ahead of Jason Dupasquier in tenth. Rossi meanwhile goes into the latest Grand Prix weekend seventeenth in the championship, his podium finish in Le Mans being his first points finish of the season. The Italian is level on points with Xavier Artigas and is two behind Jeremy Alcoba and Kaito Toba, who are joint fifteenth in the championship.

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In Moto2 Remy Gardner leads the championship by one point from Moto2 rookie sensation Raul Fernandez. Marco Bezzecchi completes the top three in the championship. All three filled the podium places in Le Mans as Fernandez won ahead of Gardner and Bezzecchi.

It was a disappointing race for Sam Lowes who crashed out at Le Mans. The Briton is six points behind Bezzecchi entering this weekend but is now 22 points behind second placed Fernandez. This after Lowes started the season with back to back victories in Qatar. He also has a six point advantage over Fabio Di Giannantonio, who is directly behind the Briton in the championship.

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In MotoGP Fabio Quartararo enters the latest race weekend at the top of the standings after finishing third in his home race. Previous points leader Francesco Bagnaia was classified fourth in Le Mans, the Italian one point behind Quartararo entering his home race.

Completing the top three in the championship is Johann Zarco who finished second last time out, his third podium finish of the season. The Frenchman is 11 points behind Bagnaia and four ahead of Jack Miller who is directly behind in the championship.

After a difficult first three rounds of 2021, Miller enters the latest Grand Prix of the season having won the two races prior as the Australian followed up his victory in Jerez with another win at Le Mans. He has an eight point advantage over Maverick Vinales who is directly behind him in the championship.

Reigning MotoGP champion Joan Mir goes into this weekend sixth in the standings, seven points behind Vinales. This after the Suzuki rider retired from the race in Le Mans. Mir is now 31 points behind Quartararo.

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Also entering this weekend having failed to finish in the previous race is Marc Marquez who was for a time leading in France before suffering two crashes. The Spaniard is joint sixteenth in the championship, with Danilo Petrucci, and is two points behind Alex Marquez who is fourteenth.

Lastly a word on Valentino Rossi who goes to Mugello off the back of having secured his second points finish of the season in France. The Italian finished eleventh in Le Mans, his best finish of 2021 to date, and finds himself level on points with Iker Lecuona and Miguel Oliveira, and seven behind Marc Marquez.

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