SEPTEMBER 13, 2014 –The Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli will host the sixth to last race on the 2014 MotoGP™ calendar. Previously called Misano World Circuit, and before 2006, called Circuito Internazionale Santamonica, is an Italian race track located next to the town of Misano Adriatico (Province of Rimini).
The track was renamed in 2012, to commemorate Marco Simoncelli, an Italian professional motorcycle rider who died after an accident during the 2011 Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang on Oct. 23, 2011.
Designed in 1969 and built during 1970-1972, the circuit is 2.17 miles and it hosted its first event in 1972. In 1993, the track length was increased to 2.53 miles, but it wasn’t until 2007 when it began hosting the San Marino and Rimini's Coast Grand Prix as part of the MotoGP™ World Championship.Between 1996 and 2001, all facilities were improved further, adding more pits and spectator stands due to interest increase.
Length: 2.626 Miles
Corners: 6 Left, 10 Right
Longest Straight: 0.351 Miles
Total Laps: 28
Total Distance: 73.5
Trivia: In 2005, a new access point to the circuit was built, Via Daijiro Kato, in honor of the late Japanese rider killed during the 2003 Japanese Grand Prix.
In order to host the World Motorcycle Championship again, the track had to be drastically changed. The direction of the circuit was changed to clockwise, the track length was once again increased to 2.597 miles, the track width was also widened to 46 feet, and all security measures were brought up to standard.
The first MotoGP™ race, as mentioned above, that was held after the modifications was the 2007 San Marino and Rimini's Coast Grand Prix, which was won by "home" Team Ducati.
- Malatesta Castle: Built during the XIII century on the site of a preexistent Roman camp is a large square structure that includes a tower, five bulwarks and is surrounded completely by a moat that was once filled with water. Today, the court of the castle is set for the traditional festival dedicated to San Lorenzo, Gatteo’s Patron Saint.
- Basilica of St Marino: One of San Marinos finest Catholic church that holds a reliquary of Marinus himself, and is the 16th-century Church of the Cappucin Friars.
- The Great Outdoors: Overall, the city of San Marino offers breathtaking nature and views. Visit the scented pine forests, fields and streams that surround the area. Enjoy fishing, riding, running, or walking. And for those who are looking for a bit more excitement, try out the slopes for mountain biking.
- Caffe Titano: This place will warm your heart; just looking through the front doors will have you feeling all toasty and bubbly inside. Speaking of the bubbly, enjoy a champagne toast in history while your there. Sneak away from the tourist attractions to have a moment’s pause. Coffee, lunch or an aperitif wait upon your arrival. We promise there is no other place like Caffe Titano!
- Medieval centre: An oasis that seems like it jumped right out of an ancient story book. Explore the narrow, winding streets that are lined with historic houses and churches that have been perfectly persevered. The peaceful atmosphere is calling!
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