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 4 August 1972.
From the year of its inauguration to the present day, the circuit has undergone numerous interventions. The World Championship raced on this track from 1980 until 1993. In the last edition of 1993, at the exit from the bend in Misano, a terrible accident occurred to the 3 times world champion in the 500 class Wayne Rainey, which ended his career competitive.
On the occasion of the return of the motorcycling world championship in 2007, important and radical changes were made to the circuit. First of all the reversal of the direction of travel, which has gone from counterclockwise to clockwise with 8 right and 5 left curves, the lengthening of the circuit to 4,180 m, the widening of the track to 14 meters, the variant in the area near the Brutapela curve, the construction of two new lots of stands that have brought the capacity of the circuit to about 52,000 people, as well as numerous other changes in terms of safety.
The circuit is equipped with large stands, from which it is possible to admire a large part of the circuit, since the track does not present large differences in height.