Italy’s Misano race track has officially been renamed the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli to honor the late MotoGP racer. Marco Simoncelli, who died in the 2011 Malaysian Grand Prix, was born in Cattolica and grew up in Coriano, a couple of towns near the Misano World Circuit.

The new name was introduced in a press conference ahead of the June 8-10 World Superbike Championship round. Simoncelli’s parents Paolo and Rossella Simoncelli were present for the announcement and the unveiling of the circuit’s new logo which was adapted by Aldo Drudi to incorporate the new name.

“I’m deeply touched in seeing the circuit of Misano named after Marco. We’ve received affection from all over the world in the recent months, but today is a very special day. I’m grateful to Santa Monica Spa, owners of the circuit, and to designer Aldo Drudi for having so nicely linked the name of Marco to the logo of the circuit.”

The logo retains the Misano World Circuit logo (which couldn’t be altered too much due to local regulations) but adds Simoncelli’s name in black except for the double “L”s which are red to represent the stripes Simoncelli wore on his helmet.

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