MotoGP Grand Prix of Italy 2017: Race Schedule, Live Stream and Top Riders

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistJune 2, 2017

LE MANS, FRANCE - MAY 21:  Maverick Vinales of Spain and  Movistar Yamaha MotoGP celebrates the victory on the podium at the end of the MotoGP race during the MotoGp of France - Race on May 21, 2017 in Le Mans, France.  (Photo by Mirco Lazzari gp/Getty Images)
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Maverick Vinales will look to extend his lead over the field at the 2017 MotoGP Grand Prix of Italy on Sunday, when he and the other riders face off at the Autodromo del Mugello in Tuscany.

Vinales leads the standings by 17 points after five races having won three of them, including last time out in France.

Dani Pedrosa sits in second on 68 points, while Valentino Rossi and Marc Marquez remain on 62 and 58, respectively, after they both crashed out in France.

Read on for a look at the top riders ahead of the race.

The race will begin at 1 p.m. BST (8 a.m. ET), and the action can be streamed live via the BT Sport website (UK), or beIN Sports Connect (U.S.).

For a full schedule, visit MotoGP's official website


Maverick Vinales, Movistar Yamaha MotoGP

Vinales has been in fine fettle so far this season, and he took full advantage of Rossi's crash to race home to victory in France.

The Italian led heading into the final lap, but after an error allowed Vinales to pass him, he came off his bike in an attempt to regain the lead, per BT Sport MotoGP:

Vinales was delighted with the win, per MotoGP:

A crash saw the Spaniard exit the Grand Prix of the Americas early, but in the four races he's completed this year he has topped the podium on three occasions and come sixth.

Crashes for Rossi and Marquez last time out afforded him some healthy breathing room at the top of the standings, and he'll look to consolidate that with another win here.


Valentino Rossi, Movistar Yamaha MotoGP

Rossi trailed team-mate Vinales for much of the French Grand Prix, before he swept past him with three laps remaining:

What should have been the veteran's first win of the campaign ultimately ended in disaster.

The 38-year-old had to spend a night in hospital after a crash in training, and he'll require a fitness test before he can race on Sunday. Per, he said:

"Unfortunately I crashed while I was training on a motocross bike. The pain in the abdomen and in the chest is still severe. Fortunately, my condition is improving day by day and this allows me to think a bit more positively about the Mugello weekend.

"My desire to be at the start of the Italian GP is so strong and I'm working on recovering as soon as possible. It will not be easy but I still have a few days to continue the treatment."

The Italian hasn't triumphed on his home track since 2008, but that victory was the final one of a seven-year winning streak at Mugello.

Jorge Lorenzo has won four of the last five Italian grands prix, but he has just one podium finish to his name this year—Rossi could be in contention if he's able to race.


Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda Team

Pedrosa produced an outstanding race in France last time out as he started in P13 and ultimately finished third.

After two laps, the Spaniard had already moved up to seventh place after an excellent start.

Pedrosa then faced a fierce battle with Cal Crutchlow and Andrea Dovizioso before overtaking them both, despite the former's best efforts:

After Marquez and Rossi crashed out, the way was clear for Pedrosa to finish on the podium.

The 31-year-old has finished third twice in his last three races, either side of winning his home grand prix in Spain.

Pedrosa won at Mugello in 2010and in 2005 while racing in 250ccand if he produces a similar performance on Sunday as he did in his last outing, he will be in with a real chance of winning.