The Mugello circuit has hosted the MotoGP race continuously since 1994, prior to that the Italian motorcycle Grand Prix alternated between several racing tracks and was known as the Nations motorcycle Grand Prix. At Mugello, local champion Valentino Rossi has won the most races, with seven, although the last three years have seen Spaniard Jorge Lorenzo win consecutively at Mugello. In 2013, Italian fans were disappointed when local favourite Valentino Rossi crashed out of the race in the first lap. Lorenzo (Yamaha) took the chequered flag, followed by Dani Pedrosa (Honda) and Cal Crutchlow (Yamaha).
Located 19 miles (31km) northeast of Florence, this 3.259 mile (5.245km) circuit is known as one of the most modern, scenic and safe tracks in the world. A mix of slow and fast turns with sweeping curves, long straights and off-pitch corners make this track one of the most exciting and challenging for riders and bikes alike. Mugello also differs from other super-fast circuits in its frequent changes of gradient and the speed of its chicanes. The track has a TV closed circuit with 27 cameras, air fence, tyre barriers and ample run-off areas.
The nearest airport is Florence’s Amerigo Vespucci Airport, 22 miles (35km) from the circuit, offering connections to most major European destinations. Mugello is located between Florence and Bologna, off the A1 Motorway, using the Barberino di Mugello exit. Travelling from Bologna, exit in Pian del Voglio, and drive through Bruscoli, Passo della Futa, Panna, Galliano and Scarperia. From Florence take route 302 ‘Faentina’ through Fiesole, Polcanto, Borgo San Lorenzo and Scarperia. Parking is in Scarperia or Luco (a nearby town) not at the track, and there are shuttle buses to the track, while the more active can walk as it is only a short distance.
Buses run to Scarperia from Florence’s Santa Maria Novella bus station, or there is train access either to San Piero a Sieve or Borge San Lorenzo, with bus connections to the circuit.