After the two events in Austria, the MotoGP comes to Italy for two races in Misano due to the cancellation of Mugello, and for the Ducati riders it will be a great opportunity, also thanks to the support of the first spectators admitted to a MotoGP race this year. In fact, at Misano for the first time it will be possible for a limited number of fans to watch the races from the stands.
Andrea Dovizioso arrives in Misano in second place in the world standings and fresh off his first seasonal victory in the first race of Zeltweg. Andrea triumphed on the Romagna track in 2018, and since it's the track used by Ducati for its test runs expectations are very high for two great races. While Danilo Petrucci hasn't won yet, he did reach the podium here in 2017 and therefore there are great expectations for him as well.
And we can't forget Jack Miller, in third place in the overall standings and ready to battle it out in Misano after just missing a win in Austria. The Australian rider is showing a consistency of results that's new for him, certainly a good sign for his presence on the official team starting next year. Misano will also see Pecco Bagnaia's return to the track, injured in the second event at Jerez and out for the next three races. It will also be a home race for him since he lives just a few kilometres away from the track. And the chances for a big comeback by the Italian rider are very high given the podium achieved in the first race of the season.
Johann Zarco is also ready for the two Italian races, aware of the fact that he has a competitive motorcycle that made it possible to earn a podium in Brno. In contrast, his teammate Tito Rabat has had a number of difficulties this season. Misano could be a good chance to change course since the Iberian knows and loves the Italian track.
The Misano World Circuit was recently re-asphalted, and to avoid any surprises the Ducati Team had the tester Michele Pirro do some test runs there at the end of June. Aside from the new surface, Misano is perhaps the track best known by Ducati since World Ducati Week has also been held here since 1998.
So everyone's ready to support Ducati this weekend, not forgetting that at next week's event there will be the fantastic opportunity to cheer on Ducati riders directly at the racetrack from the Ducati Grandstand, with tickets available for sale here.