The Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, formerly known as Misano World Circuit, is the premier racing circuit in Rimini, Italy. The name of the circuit was re-named in 2012, after the death of Italian motorcycle racer Marco Simoncelli at the Malaysian Grand Prix in 2011. The name of the race, San Marino Grand Prix is somewhat misleading, as the track itself is not located in San Marino, but in Italy. However, since there is already an Italian Grand Prix, the San Marino name was chosen, because the track is close to the Republic of San Marino.
The Misano circuit saw its first MotoGP race in 1981 and Spanish driver, Jorge Lorenzo has seen the most number of wins here, with four – most recently in 2013. However, the history of the track is older, as it opened in 1972. Besides motorcycle racing, the Misano track also hosts motor racing events, such as Formula Renault and FIA Sportscars. The Misano circuit has been on and off on the MotoGP calendar. It was significantly modernised in 2006, even changing its direction, from counter-clockwise to clockwise and its length was reduced – the track returned to the MotoGP line-up in 2007. The current track length is 2.626 miles (4.226km), with six left corners and 10 right corners.
In 2013, it was a Spanish clean sweep on the podium, with Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) winning the race. He was followed by countrymen Marc Marquez (Honda) in second place and Dani Pedrosa (Honda) in third.
The Misano circuit is located right off the Adriatic coast and is thus fairly removed from most major Italian cities. The largest nearby city is Rimini, about six miles (10km) north of the circuit. Usually on race weekends, there are shuttle buses from Rimini to the race track. Those fans that are driving from Rimini should take the E55 south, towards Cattolica, exit on to the SP50 and the race track is just a few hundred metres away.
The closest international airport is Federico Fellini International Airport, located in Rimini. The airport is located 3.1 miles (5.0km) southeast of the city centre. However, the airport primarily services seasonal flights. The nearest major international airports are either in Florence or Bologna; both offer domestic and international flight connections.