Last week’s Italian Grand Prix will go down in the history books as one of the most dramatic final laps in MotoGP history.
It will also be remembered for Factory Ducati rider Danilo Petrucci taking his first win in the series. However it was championship leader Marc Marquez that would benefit most from the thrilling race taking second place and a handful of points to add to his total.
The rest of the field will be looking to close the 12 point gap at the Catalunyan circuit this weekend.
During the Italian Grand Prix, the two Mission Winnow Ducati riders of Petrucci and Andrea Dovizioso made the race extremely difficult for Marquez to gain breathing space. Smart rides from Suzuki rider Alex Rins and Pramac Ducati rider Jack Miller also posed threats in the early stages of the race and will be looking to bring the fight to the reigning champion this weekend.
Valentino Rossi will start the race expecting an uphill struggle yet again, with the Monster Energy Yamaha M1 still not performing to the way he would like, seriously lacking top speed and struggling with tyre wear.
Fellow Yamaha rookie Fabio Quartararo will be looking to carry his momentum into the race but will have to take it easy after receiving arm pump surgery this week. Although a relatively fast recovery process it will still be sore.
Former Barcelona maestro Jorge Lorenzo will be looking to take his Repsol Honda and turn his season around after a lacklustre start to his campaign. A recent trip to HRC headquarters in Japan may provide the answer to his woes.
With local heroes Maverick Vinales, Aleix Espargaro and Pol Espargaro all in the mix everything points to being another fantastic weekend of racing.