Statistics – The rule of the Italians and speed

The Italian Grand Prix will be remembered by local drivers as a great success but without the crowds that usually color its hills. In front of almost 43,000 spectators, who were not discouraged by the absence of Valentino Rossi from the track, the Italian riders, whether beginners or advanced, took the first places.

>> Fabio Di Giannantonio clinched his first pole position in the premier class on Saturday. Better still, with Marco Bezzecchi qualifying second, it was a rookie double not heard since the 2008 Qatar Grand Prix with Jorge Lorenzo on pole ahead of James Toseland.

>> The front row of the grid was all Italian, with third place going to Luca Marini, whom we had already seen in that position two months ago in Argentina. That Italian hat-trick on the front row was a first since the 2016 Austrian Grand Prix (Andrea Iannone on pole ahead of Valentino Rossi and Andrea Dovizioso).

>> Ducati also played a big part in raising the colors of Italy, with the grid simply awarding the top five as was the case at Austin this season. Prior to this success in Texas, this hadn’t happened to any brand since Honda back in 2003!

>> In the race, that Italian dominance continued, especially as we saw Marco Bezzecchi do his first laps in MotoGP at the front. He then handed control to Pecco Bagnaia, who was uncatchable and cemented his dominance in the number of laps led that season (57/187).

>> With the win, Bagnaia signed his second win of the season. Like Andrea Dovizioso in 2017, he has the honor of being an Italian to have won the Italian Grand Prix on an Italian motorcycle, an achievement reserved for them in the premier class.

100% Italian front line with Fabio Di Giannantonio, Marco Bezzecchi and Luca Marini

>> For Ducati, this victory at Mugello is the fifth after those of Casey Stoner in 2009, Dovizioso in 2017, Jorge Lorenzo in 2018 and Danilo Petrucci in 2019.

>> The other Italian brand in the championship, Aprilia, has again achieved its best result in MotoGP thanks to the podium of Aleix Espargaró at this circuit. However, Jeremy McWilliams had already achieved third place on this 500 cc time course.

>> Since the beginning of the championship we have therefore seen five riders win – Bagnaia and Bastianini were the only ones to win multiple times – but only three brands: Ducati dominates with five wins in eight races. Qualifying awarded pole position to six different drivers, with only Bagnaia and Martín achieving it twice. Here, too, Ducati dominates with six poles. Both in the race and in qualifying, Yamaha and Aprilia achieved something this year.

Speed ​​record and minimal gaps

>> The event on the counters is that Sunday’s absolute top speed record was broken by Jorge Martín’s Ducati with a top speed of 363.6 km/h. Mugello was already the track that held the record, along with Losail, thanks to the 362.4 km/h set by Brad Binder last year. With this improvement, the limits are pushed further back by 1.2 km/h.

>> Martín personally improved his record by 5 km/h. There are now four who have reached 360 km/h in a Grand Prix: Martín with his 363.6 km/h, but also Johann Zarco, who set the record of 362.4 km/h in Losail last year and again reached 360 km / h in Mugello; Brad Binder, who included the reference there last year; and finally Enea Bastianini, who also achieved a top speed of 360 km/h in Italy this weekend.

>> Among the brands, in addition to Ducati’s win, we note that Suzuki has reached its 357.6 km/h reference and Honda has set its own record with a new 356.4 km/h reference for Álex Márquez (an improvement of 1, 2 km/h) has broken. But the most spectacular win is that of Yamaha, who, with Darryn Binder, improved his record by 7.1 km/h to 358.8 km/h in the race.

>> The absolute lap record was not improved, but the best lap of the race was the new benchmark, which went to the winner, Pecco Bagnaia.

>> The Italian Grand Prix offered the closest race of this start of the championship, with 11,800 in the top ten (eighth-placed top 10 in history) and 17,687 in the top 15 (sixth-placed in history).

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