Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli – Italy
The Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli is a motorcycle circuit located in the municipality of Misano Adriatico, in the province of Rimini, precisely in the hamlet of Santa Monica and near the Conca basin. It is named in memory of Marco Simoncelli, an Italian motorcyclist who died in 2011.
The track was designed by engineer Cavazzuti and was inaugurated on August 4, 1972.
From the year of its inauguration, up to the present day, the circuit has undergone numerous interventions. The World Championship ran on this track from 1980 until 1993. In the last edition of 1993, on exiting the Misano bend, there was a terrible accident with the 3 times world champion of the 500 class Wayne Rainey, which ended his career challenge.
On the occasion of the return of the motorcycling world championship in 2007, important and radical changes were made on the circuit. First of all the reversal of the direction of travel, which went from counterclockwise to clockwise with 8 right and 5 left curves, the lengthening of the circuit at 4,180 m, the widening of the track at 14 meters, the elimination of the variant in the area near the Brutapela curve, the construction of two new lots of grandstands which have brought the capacity of the circuit to approximately 52,000 people, as well as numerous other safety changes.
The circuit is equipped with large grandstands, from which it is possible to admire a large part of the circuit, since the track does not have large differences in height.