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Misano heads into 2016 San Marino GP with contract extension

The Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli has secured a four-year extension to its MotoGP race contract ahead of its staging of the 2016 San Marino Grand Prix this weekend.

The circuit, which is located near to the town of Misano Adriatico in the Italian province of Rimini, will continue to host a round of the motorcycling championship through until at least 2020 under the new deal.

The agreement has been reached with Dorna Sports, the agency that operates and promotes MotoGP. The circuit first hosted MotoGP in 1980 and staged two Italian GPs in the 1990s before returning under the San Marino GP moniker in 2007 following major redevelopment. It was renamed in honour of Marco Simoncelli in 2011 following the local rider’s death in the same year.

Andrea Corsini, Regione Emilia Romagna Council Member for Tourism, said: “We welcome this renewal with great satisfaction, as a result of a virtuous team-play between the region, municipalities and Misano World Circuit. San Marino and Riviera di Rimini Grand Prix represents one of the spearheads in Emilia Romagna Motorvalley’s events agenda. A real tourism product that is able to generate about 350,000 tourist numbers in Riviera and that is enriched with a number of appealing side events.”

Carmelo Ezpeleta, chief executive of Dorna Sports, added: “The confirmation of San Marino and Riviera di Rimini GP for the next four years guarantees the MotoGP calendar a date of great sporting importance. Here it has been possible to reinforce a winning formula between public promoters and the circuit. During these 10 years we witnessed great growth of interest and attention. The circuit has spent generous and incessant investment to safely welcome spectators and races. There are all the ingredients for further growth.”

The 2015 San Marino GP was won by Marc Marquez. The Spaniard heads into this weekend’s 13th round of the season with a 50-point championship lead over local hero Valentino Rossi.