The Mugello Circuit (in the province of Florence) will host the 6th race of the 2016 MotoGP World Championship season from 20 to 22 May. The circuit was inaugurated on 23 June 1974 under a downpour of rain, then it began to host the GP World Championship in 1976, but it didn't become a permanent site of the Italian GP until 1994.
The track is 5,245 metres long, and comprises 9 right-hand curves and 6 left-hand curves. The main straightaway measures 1,141 metres, which is half a kilometre more compared to the longest straightaway on the Bugatti circuit, site of the French GP. This allows the faster bikes to exceed 350 km/h, which makes the braking section immediately after especially hard on the Brembo braking systems used for all of the MotoGP races.
The other turns are positioned uniformly along the track and consequently, the remaining braking sections are not particularly challenging, which allows the braking systems to cool down. According to Brembo technicians, the Mugello Circuit falls into the category of medium difficulty for the brakes. On a scale of 1 to 5, it earned a 3 on the difficulty index, the same score received by the tracks at Losail, Austin, Termas de Rio Hondo and Le Mans. In this first stage of the season, only the Jerez circuit got a higher score.