Rossi came up with the event and delighted Mugello fans with a total of nine home wins on the impressive Tuscan track, including seven premier class victories from 2002-2008.
Here’s a look back at some of Rossi’s most memorable Mugello moments, at an event that has never been compared to the Monaco F1 Grand Prix due to its unmodified, old-style track layout and unique atmosphere.
“Mugello is the most special race of the season for me,” Rossi said throughout his career. “Misano is very nice and close to home, but this is more special because the track is very nice and different from the others.
“From ’96, the first year at the world championships, the Italian Grand Prix was definitely at Mugello. But this track had become very popular in the 70s and the layout remained the same.
“It’s not normal. Usually you have a lot of tracks with a long history, but with other modifications. But Mugello Mugello from the ’70s.
“So the victory here is special for everyone, but more so for the Italian riders because we have the biggest support from the fans.
“And, like Monaco on race day, the atmosphere, what you see, it’s special. It’s different from other places on our calendar.
“When you see the fans, especially on a Sunday, it’s very emotional. It’s important to give more than the maximum.”
The official retirement ceremony of Rossi’s famous #46 will take place at the main Mugello directly at 12:20 on Saturday.
2002 – 1
Rossi entered the premier class in 2000 as a doubles world champion and Mugello doubles cage champion (125cc in 1997 and 250cc in 1999). But his first two appearances in the premier class ended up being very disappointing, falling from the Honda 500cc in 2000 and 2001.
All of that was in style for Rossi when he made his home debut in the newly named ‘MotoGP’ class, dominating the Honda RC211V 990cc to a 2.4s victory against main rival Max Biaggi (pictured above (being the first driver to win in all). Three classes at Mugello .
2003 – 1
Rossi scored Mugello’s repeated victories in 2003 as home fans had to enjoy an all-Italian podium on the track, with Loris Capirossi (Ducati) and Max Biaggi (Honda) joining The Doctor on the rostrum.
2003 was also Rossi’s last appearance at home for Honda, but Mugello’s magic continued with his first Yamaha win in 2004, during a six -lap battle that resumed, the shortest premier class race of all time.
2005 – 1
If Mugello fans thought that the podium sweep in 2003 was unforgettable, in 2005, Rossi led to the top four of all Italy in front of Max Biaggi, Loris Capirossi and Marco Melandri.
This is the first time since 1968 that Italian riders have entered the top four in premier class races.
Biaggi has been able to stay with Rossi across the flag, bowing his head in anger as he crossed the finish line just 0.3secs behind jubilant #46, who mounted the podium with a ‘mortar board’ on his head – a reference to his recent honorary doctorate from an Italian university.
2006 – 1
Rossi’s victory at Mugello in 2006 is considered by many to be not only the biggest on the track, but one of the best races of the 990cc era.
That year’s M1 had major handling problems and Rossi came into the home round only to sit in eighth place at the world championships and failed to complete the previous two rounds.
The race to prove a relentless boxing fight, Rossi battled with players like Sete Gibernau (Ducati) and Marco Melandri (Honda) for supremacy in the first half before a mistake on turn one saw him drop to fifth place with 8 laps. act.
Rossi returned within striking distance of the lead in a few laps, but now faced a red rocket from countryman Capirossi, who batted away Rossi many attempts to pass, until a surprise move in the penultimate lap.
Ducati’s horsepower put the heroes ahead along the main straight when the final lap began – but Capirossi then ran slightly wide on the brakes. Rossi was too tired to win half a second from Capirossi, with Nicky Hayden Honda just 0.7 seconds behind to finish the popular podium.
The most missed American wore a red wig borrowed from one of Alice’s girls during a podium celebration!
2008 – 1
After beating Mick Doohan’s record of six Mugello victories in 2007, the year of the new 800cc engine’s debut, Rossi claimed what would be Mugello’s last victory in 2008.
Riding on the best home helmet design, the Italian took fans to seventh heaven with a 2.2 -second victory over Ducati world champion Casey Stoner and Honda’s Dani Pedrosa in third place.
2014 – 3
Rossi’s winning record finally came to an end in 2009, when he was number three behind Casey Stoner (Ducati) and Yamaha teammate Jorge Lorenzo.
Not sure, but Mugello fans won’t see Rossi on the podium again until 2014.
At that time, a lot of water was passing under the bridge. A broken leg crash in a 2010 Mugello followed by a barren Ducati, followed by an opening lap crash with Alvaro Bautista on his way back to his 2013 Yamaha Rossi home.
Tenth in qualifying for the 2014 event suggested dry conditions and lack of podium water might continue, but a wave of home support usually encouraged Rossi over the field at the 300th Grand Prix which started to get a comfortable third place, as Marc Marquez and Jorge Lorenzo duled for victory.
2018 – 3
Rossi had been on the Mugello podium in 2015, before failing a frustrating machine while overshadowing his friend and race leader Jorge Lorenzo in 2016.
Another podium went down to fourth place in 2017, when Rossi suffered chest and abdominal pain due to a motocross training accident.
But the 2018 Mugello round will prove to be a milestone weekend.
Not only did it make Rossi’s last pole position, marking the end of time that the now 39 -year -old could beat a younger competitor for raw speed, but The Doctor then took Mugello’s podium 13th and last in his best race. remembered for Jorge Lorenzo’s first Ducati win.
“It’s been a long time since I’ve been in pole position since last year  we never have and this year I have never been on the front lines, ”Rossi said.
“I was hoping for a podium but didn’t know if I could do it, so I was very happy. It remained difficult to secure until the last lap, because Iannone didn’t give up, but in the end there was a good taste in Mugello.
1996: 4th (125cc, Aprilia)
1997: 1st (125cc, Aprilia)
1998: 2nd (250cc, Aprilia)
1999: 1st (250cc, Aprilia)
2000: 12th (500cc, Honda)
2001: DNF (500cc, Honda)
2002: 1st (990cc, Honda)
2003: 1st (990cc, Honda)
2004: 1st (990cc, Yamaha)
2005: 1st (990cc, Yamaha)
2006: 1st (990cc, Yamaha)
2007: 1st (800cc, Yamaha)
2008: 1st (800cc, Yamaha)
2009: 3rd (800cc, Yamaha)
2010: DNS (800cc, Yamaha)
2011: 6th (800cc, Ducati)
2012: 5th (1000cc Ducati)
2013: DNF (1000cc Yamaha)
2014: 3rd (1000cc Yamaha)
2015: 3rd (1000cc Yamaha)
2016: DNF (1000cc Yamaha)
2017: 4th (Yamaha 1000cc)
2018: 3rd (1000cc Yamaha)
2019: DNF (1000cc Yamaha)
2020: Event canceled due to Covid
2021: 10th (Yamaha 1000cc)