In his most original blog for motogp.com, veteran MotoGP™ commentator Slash Harris reflects on the historical past of the San Marino GP
The title of the Colossal Prix and the name of the circuit tells you all you ever want to know about Misano. The Gran Premio Lenovo di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini on the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli is pure magic, conjuring up photos that embody the very historical past of Colossal Prix motorbike racing. Immense battles, tragedy, innovation, nationwide satisfaction and humour. The establish quit you commence?
In my opinion, I was dispatched by Motor Cycle News to Misano in March 1976 to yarn on my very first motorbike hurry. There used to be no pre-season attempting out in those days. Both you bit the financial bullet and went to Daytona in Florida for a week of fun, games, drinking and some racing or you went to the contemporary motive-built circuit at Misano on the Adriatic soar of Italy.
There had always been pre-season races in this section of the field. The seafront Riccione highway circuit had prolonged been established however like many others, a tragedy precipitated its death and the constructing of the contemporary circuit a few kilometres inland at Misano. MV Agusta factory rider Angelo Bergamonti had won both the 350cc and 500cc Colossal Prix races on the final observe round of the 1970 season at Montjuïc Park in Barcelona however used to be killed on the commence of the 1971 season when he crashed at a roundabout on the Riccione seafront.
Each and each multi World Champions and bitter opponents, Giacomo Agostini and Phil Be taught had been competing at Misano on private Suzuki 500cc two-strokes and, one way or the other per chance, I managed to maintain dinner with them both on successive evenings on the legendary Abners resort. That is where the correct news ended. Ago made up our minds when it started to sleet on hurry morning he would no longer compete and without their superstar man, the organisers straight cancelled the assembly. That used to be execrable ample however then I upset Ago with my Motor Cycle News headline which included the phrases ‘Pathetic Ago’. No longer the glorious commence to a occupation upsetting the 15-times World Champion with over 100 Colossal Prix wins to his name as he jogged my memory after we met in the paddock on the re-scheduled hurry assembly on the Modena aerodrome circuit two weeks later.
This Adriatic soar of Italy has always been a hotbed of bike racing. Younger of us brought up racing minibikes on the kart circuits that dot the seaside accommodations maintain produced extra World Champions and racing heroes than every other living in the World. Marco Simoncelli’s name is embedded into the name of the circuit. The rider with colossal hair and a colossal explain. The 250cc World Champion from Cattolica, who misplaced his existence chasing his first MotoGP™ snatch Malaysia in 2011, is section of an elite band. Andrea Dovizioso from Forli and, of course, primarily the most neatly-known of all of them, a favorable Valentino Rossi.
Rossi revs by Tavullia 10/09/2019
Even when you’ve ruled the field 9 times, broken records and raced in the premier class for two a long time, there remain some desires to be realised
The shrimp metropolis of Tavullia is located neutral over the hill from Misano and has modified into a shrine for the number 46. When he used to be voted Mayor of the metropolis, the population walked to the circuit where the contemporary Lord Mayor held the Annual Overall assembly in the grandstand on the Tramonto nook at some stage in a Colossal Prix weekend. The celebrations when Rossi won the MotoGP™ races in 2008, 2009 and 2014 lasted for days and even longer than when Casey Stoner brought Ducati a patriotic snatch in 2007 en path to his World title. Colossal Prix racing returned to Misano after a 14-300 and sixty five days absence that 300 and sixty five days on the circuit running the unsuitable manner to the traditional. Rossi is determined that the heritage will proceed and his racing ranch end to Tavullia is already feeding the production line with Italian World Champions.
Pier Francesco Chili used to be yet every other native hero running a bar and restaurant on the Misano seaside. He won his simplest 500cc Colossal Prix at his home circuit in 1989. I have in mind extra in regards to the antics of World Champion Eddie Lawson than the ever-standard ‘Frankie’. The distinctive hurry had been stopped thanks to rain on the fifth lap and the tip riders refused to come to the music. Chili used to be decreased in size to hurry and duly won. Every lap he passed pit lane Lawson used to be sat on the wall with one finger in the air that used to be no longer indicting to the Italian who used to be in first living.
On every occasion I soar into Bologna and force down the Autostrada to Misano there are two of us I always specialize in. I will below no circumstances neglect the silence of direct despair that descended like a sad cloud engulfing the paddock when the news broke of Wayne Rainey’s dreadful accidents sustained in his break at turn one in 1993. Seventeen years later that sad cloud fell yet yet again on the paddock when that neutral and so talented Eastern rider Shoya Tomizawa misplaced his existence in the Moto2™ hurry.
Misano has seen all of it. It’s this type of special living with so many recollections.
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