The racetrack on Italyâ€™s Adriatic coast was previously called the â€śMisano World Circuitâ€ť. Following the tragic death of Marco Simoncelli at the 2011 Malaysian Grand Prix, however, the circuit was renamed the â€śMarco Simoncelli Circuitâ€ť. The Italian had lived just a few kilometres away in Cattolica. The track is located to the south of Rimini, on the outskirts of the resort of Misano Adriatico. The facility was opened in 1972 and has since been upgraded and extended on several occasions. The direction of travel was changed in 2006, since when the riders have raced clockwise around the Misano circuit, thus facilitating wider run-off areas. The Superbike World Championship has been coming to Misano since 1991. The race is held under the flag of the nearby city state of San Marino. The track plays an important role in the history of Teams BMW Motorrad Motorsport: In 2010 Troy Corser scored the young teamâ€™s first pole position and its second podium here.
The circuit in Misano offers a flowing mixture of fast sections and numerous chicanes. One of the key points on the track is the straight following the â€śTramontoâ€ť corner, which sees the bikes approach the fast â€śCurvoneâ€ť at high speeds. This corner is a real test for the riders, who must find the perfect racing line in fifth gear and while travelling at over 220 km/h. The fitness of the riders also plays a crucial role in Misano, as the race is physically exhausting. The riders only have about four seconds on the straight to recover a little. The rest of the circuit consists purely of combinations of corners.
Marco Simoncelli Circuit
Via del Carro n.27
I-47843 Misano Adriatico
Tel: + 39-0541- 618511