The Italian Championship gets double

One of the most awaited appointments of the season will kick off this weekend at Mugello. In fact, the 2010 CIV third and fourth round will be disputed at the Tuscan track by the riders challenging in the Superbike, 125 GP, Superbike, Stock 600 and 1000. The five classes will face ten races, which feature the busy program as well as the monobrand Yamaha Championship.

THE FIRST PRACTICES – The first qualifying were disputed and they could be crucial for the assignation of the starting grids, considering the weather forecast. In the Superbike, the provisional pole position went to Federico Sandi (Aprilia – Gabrielli Michelin Racing Team) with the time of 1’52″910, whilst in the 125 Gp the fastest was Alessandro Tonucci on board the Aprilia of the Junior Gp Racing Dream (2’01″696).        

Ferruccio Lamborghini (Yamaha – Media Action by Prorace, 1’54″927) was the best in the Supersport and Roman Fabio Massei, through the time of 1’57″269, did a great job in the Stock 600 with the Yamaha of the Piellemoto Team. “My aims is conquering two victories to feel even more confident in the standings, despite I know we will be the same group of five or six riders to battle it out for the podium. Furthermore we will have few surprises – stated Massei – who is also detaining the leadership of the point standings, there are 50 points to be awarded and this one will be a crucial event of the season. As always, winning will be a tough mission”.

In the Stock 1000 Marco Muzio grasped the first time, courtesy of the time of 1’55″266 he set on board the Honda of the Improve Team. The complete standings of the first day of official practices are available at  

THE GROUP SHOT – Friday’s afternoon all the 2010 CIV 162 accredited riders were involved in the classic yearly photo shot. The picture was taken with riders wearing their suit and with their helmet, on the straight away of the Tuscan circuit. The optical effect of the huge group of Italian riders was amazing. The challengers also improvised an incitement for the Football Italian National Team, who will face the World Championship versus New Zealand.

THE CIV “NOTTE ROSA” – The CIV initiatives about the “Notte Rosa”, scheduled for July 2nd at the same time of the Italian Championship fifth round, were presented at Mugello with Misano Adriatico mayor, Stefano Giannini. Among the speakers there was Paola Cazzola. The rider will dispute the CIV race with bike, suit and helmet completely pink colored. Furthermore a photographic exhibition dedicated to the Italian riders will be staged on the Misano seafront. Saturday preceding the race, the pole position setters will be awarded at the town council.

HOME RIDERS – There are even six Tuscan riders accredited at the CIV, who are ready to dispute a great race at the home circuit: they are Nico Morelli, Federico Monti (challenging in the Stock 600), Gabriele Martinelli, Jonatan Gallina and Alex Gramigni (in the Supersport) and Lorenzo Alfonsi in the Stock 1000. “It could sound strange but I never won at Mugello, my home circuit – stated the 29-year-old Alfonsi riding the Honda of the Gomme & Service Team – On Sunday, in front of my fans, I’ll do my best to come home with the first victory. How many will they be? At least one hundred, among them there will be relatives, friends and sponsors. I hope to do an amazing race in front of them”.

TV APPOINTMENTS – Sunday will be the day of live broadcast: the Superbike, 125 Gp and Supersport will be broadcasted by Sportitalia 2 (ch. 226 Sky and DT) starting from 1:30pm. The starts of the two Stock classes will have a 15 minute delay and will be live broadcasted by Nuvolari (ch. 218 Sky and DT): the 600 class will get underway at 4:25pm, followed by the Stock 1000.

RECORD VIEWING AUDIENCE – After the first two seasonal rounds, it has been revealed the audience of the 2010 CIV rounds. This is a partial data, which underlines the excellent results as it refers to more than a million spectators, 73 hours of coverage and 172 tv appointments.    

ON LINE – All the information about the double Mugello round will be available also on the official website Through it, it will be possible reading the races summaries and commentaries, the interviews to protagonists and seeing the videos and the most beautiful images of the Tuscan weekend.   

ORARI, BIGLIETTI E PREZZI – Domani, dalle 9 alle 13:05, si correrà la seconda e decisiva sessione di prove mentre dalle 13:50 scatteranno le gare della terza tappa con la partenza della Superbike. L’ultima sfida, quella delle Stock 1000, è in programma per le 16:45. Domenica, invece, sarà la volta del quarto round: sarà sempre la Superbike la prima a partire, alle 13:40. A seguire le altre quattro categorie protagoniste del CIV. Il biglietto per assistere alle gare di domani costerà 10 euro (5 per i tesserati FMI, under 18 e donne, gratis per gli under 14) mentre per la giornata di domenica il prezzo sarà di 20 euro (15 il ridotto).

TIMETABLES, TICKETS AND PRICES –  Saturday, from 9am till 1:05pm the second and crucial session of the practices will be ran whilst at 1:50pm the races of the third round will get underway starting with the Superbike. The final challenge, the Stock 1000, is scheduled at 4:45pm. On Sunday it will be the time of the fourth round: the Superbike will be the first race to be disputed, at 1:40pm. After it, the other four CIV categories will respectively get to the track. The ticket to watch Saturday’s races will cost € 10 (€ 5 for FMI card holders, women and people under 18, free entrance for children under 14). Sunday ticket will cost: € 20, reduced ticket to €15.