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The 4.180-kilometer Misano World Circuit in Santamonica, Italy was completed in 1972 and has been host to Moto GP's San Marino Grand Prix since 2007. But beginning this month, the track will now be known as the Misano Simoncelli World Circuit, named after the late Italian Moto GP rider Marco Simoncelli.
 
Simoncelli was born and raised in Cattolica on the Adriatic coast of Italy, which is situated less than eight kilometers from the Misano World Circuit. Sadly, the young 24-year old lost his life in a tragic accident at the Malaysian Moto GP last October 23, 2011. The fallen Italian rider might not have passed away in Misano, but he considered the circuit as his home track. Thus, the circuit's Board of Directors voted unanimously to change the track's name as a tribute to Simoncelli.
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simoncelli_memorial02On lap two of the 2011 Malaysian GP, MotoGP rising star Marco Simoncelli met a fatal accident while battling with Alvaro Bautista for fourth position. Simoncelli lost control of his Gresini Honda and inevitably veered across the track at turn 11, straight into the path of Colin Edwards and Valentino Rossi. Both riders collided with Simoncelli, knocking his helmet off in the process. As Simoncelli lay motionless on the track, the race was immediately red-flagged.
 
Edwards likewise fell but escaped serious injury, while Rossi managed to stay on his bike and return to the pits. The 24-year old Italian rider was taken by ambulance to the Sepang circuit's medical center, but at 4:56 pm local time Simoncelli sadly succumbed to his injuries.
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