Along with circuits such as Phillip Island, Assen and Donington this is one of the ‘classic’ WorldSBK venues with the championship having visited the Italian track very consistently over the decades. The first time WorldSBK raced at Misano was in 1991 with Doug Polen winning both races from pole on his Ducati en route to the first of his two World titles.
The late Marco Simoncelli was from the nearby town of Cattolica and the local region has produced a number of the sport’s top names, including Valentino Rossi, Andrea Dovizioso and Marco Melandri.
Full name: Misano World Circuit “Marco Simoncelli”, Riviera Di Rimini, Italy
Nearest City: Rimini
Time zone: GMT +1
Currency: Euro (symbol: €, code: EUR)
Electric plug type: C & F
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Weather: WorldSBK visits Misano in mid-June and you can expect good weather, with an average maximum daily temperature of 26°C (79°F) and an average low of 15°C (59°F). The region enjoys a healthy average of nine daily hours of sunshine in June.
As well as being a hotbed of motorcycle racing talent the Riviera Di Rimini in Italy’s fantastic northern Emilia-Romagna region is a big draw for Italian holiday-makers and those visiting from abroad.
Rimini evokes thoughts of summer fun. Of sun, sea and san. Of enjoying an Italian ice cream strolling along a beachside promenade. Of partying until the sun comes up and then doing it all over again the next night. Of sun loungers and lazy days. Of waterparks and laid back pizzerias.
Put on your coolest sunglasses and try to fit in with the stylish locals. The Rimini Riviera gets absolutely packed in the peak summer season but with WorldSBK visiting in mid-June the weather is already fine and there is an air of expectation ahead of another summer in the Adriatic Coast sunshine.
The city of Rimini itself is a big party place with lots of busy bars along the waterfront and some cool clubs on the outskirts of the town. But there is plenty of history and culture to celebrate too.
There are Roman remains and a Renaissance cathedral to take in, whilst the famous film director Federico Fellini, who made the big screen classic La Dolce Vita, was a Rimini native.
There are more than 1000 hotels dotted in and around the city of Rimini, hence there are many options and June is not peak season, so getting a room should be no problem.
Expect to pay over €200 a night for a luxury hotel, €150-£100 for a standard three or four star hotel or under €100 per night for a budget hotel. Many of the hotels offer nice swimming pools and spas and decent restaurants onsite.
Another option is camping and there are numerous campsites up and down the Riviera.
Further afield, north and south of Rimini on the Adriatic Coast there are lots of towns with their own ranges of hotels, whilst moving inland as you search for somewhere to stay provides even greater opportunities and often at a cheaper rate than on the beachfront.
It is a common misconception of Rimini that it is just a holiday spot, when in reality this city of 150,000 people has plenty of life all year round and has a huge amount of cultural heritage of its own.
Indeed Rimini’s tourist office sets out a ‘Roman Itinerary’ of sites to be visitied (The Amphitheatre, Tiberius Bridge and Augustus Arch for example), before setting out a Medieval Itinerary, Renaissance Itinerary and even a Fellini Itinerary for fans of the late, great Italian film director.
However, if you only want to lounge on the sand or drink cocktails and enjoy great Italian food by the beach you can do just that and you will be spoilt for choice in terms of beaches and waterfront restaurants up and down the Riviera.In addition to the numerous kitsch and cool towns along the coast, the Rimini area has plenty more to explore on its doorstep. If you want a break from the beach then head inland to some of the province’s many pretty villages, such as Santarcangelo di Romagna or San Leo, which are amongst the most picturesque in Italy. Nearby San Marino and Ravenna are also both well within easy reach.
For a simple taste of Italy you must try one of the piadinas from Rimini, widely available in street kiosks. Rimini piadina is a thin and crispy bread which can be filled with ham and Italian cheese, salads or even chocolate.
The Adriatic Coast’s “pesce azzurro” fish – often mackerel, mullet or sprats cooked on the grill or on the BBQ - just have to be sampled. The Rimini province sits within the Emilia-Romagna region which specialises in an array of pasta dishes featuring Tagliatelle, Lasagne, Ravioli or Tortellini, so do try some of those and why not accompany your meal with a glass of Sangiovese red wine?
Also, if you cannot find suitable flights directly to Bologna or Rimini airport, try Milan or Rome but factor in a four hour drive to reach your destination once you land.
In 1996 John Kocinski made a brilliant WorldSBK debut in the first races of the season, held in Misano. He dominated the weekend - recording a double win from pole position - and went on to become WorldSBK World Champion the following year.
Another WorldSBK title winner Jonathan Rea also got his maiden series win at Misano, in Race 2 of the 2009 round at the Italian track.