The at marks an important weekend for all three Le Mans podium finishers: (1st), (2nd) and (3rd).

Mugello remains one of two circuits Marquez does not have a podium on and serves as the home race for nine-time champion Valentino Rossi, who crashed out in a collision with Bautista at this circuit last year.

“In Le Mans we had a great race, but we want to keep our feet firmly on the ground, so we look at Mugello with the same attitude as always: working step-by-step,” said Bautista, who scored his first podium of 2014 in Le Mans. “The podium obtained in France, however, allows us to be more relaxed on a track with long, fast corners which might be difficult for us.”

“This is one of my favorite weekend’s of the season,” says Rossi, despite having suffered hard crashes on his home circuit in 2010 and 2013. “For this reason I will try to give my best. There are always 25 points as the other races, but Mugello is a matter of honor.”

“Mugello is a tricky circuit – one of the hardest on the calendar,” admits Marquez, who remains undefeated during 2014. “We struggled a lot last year. I had many crashes over the weekend and then crashed out of the race also. Now I have an extra year’s experience and I hope it will go more smoothly for us.”



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