Mugello GP07, Race 6 "Magia Di Mugello" part 1
Mugello is the most important and special race of the year for me. It means so much to me, to race here in this idyllic paradise nestled in the hills of Toscany. This is the Homesoil and Heartland of D-U-C-A-T-I. This is the Italian Grand Prix, where the most fervent, passionate, and religious fans congregate to salute the Magic and Majesty of Motorcycle Racing, and it's current King, il Re di Mugello, Valentino Rossi. Mugello has so much meaning to me, it holds such a significance in my life, that I came here with great expectations, high hopes, and more anxiety and trepidation than I've ever experienced before a race. For this was not just "any race", this was Mugello. The Big One. The King of Races. Mugello is everything you could ever ask for - it is Wild, Beautiful, Breathtaking, Stunning, Overpowering - and Mugello is where I scored my debut Podium with Alex Barros and our Pramac D'antin Ducati!
On Sunday, we put a Ducati on the box. Not just any Ducati, but a Pramac D'antin Ducati. A Satellite Ducati. My Ducati. And I want to do it again. It didn't rain during the race, until afterwards, as tears of pure happiness began to fall.
The Team is now in Barcelona, and we're having a team dinner in the city not far from my apartment. Afterwards, I'll be back home packing for an early morning drive to the circuit where we'll begin to put everything together for the Catalunya GP, because it's time to do it all over again. I will most likely have a very late night, because I want to capture all that is Mugello before I switch gears and get into the next race. The racing never stops, and neither will I.
On behalf of the Team and myself, I want to say Thank You to everyone for the emails and phone calls. I will do my best to respond to all of you, but please understand if I can't get to you at this moment.
I am busy shooting for the stars.
We are pushing to create our own destiny.
And we are more focused and motivated than ever before. Beware the Squadra delle Pecore Nere, because we are here, and we're here to fight.