Gran Premio Octo di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini has become a permeant fixture in MotoGP since 2007. The race is actually held in Italy but is named as the San Marino Grand Prix due to the track’s close proximity to the country.
The track – Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli
The current version of the track came into existence in 2007 after undergoing a major redesign in 2006. The name Marco Simoncelli was added to the track in 2012 as a mark of respect to the Italian MotoGP rider who lost his life during the 2011 Malaysian Grand Prix. The track features 16 corners along with three long straights, which should provide plenty of overtaking action throughout the race.
Riding the Ducati, Casey Stoner won the 2007 San Marino Grand Prix in the redesigned Misano circuit.
Riders from Italy / San Marino
The current MotoGP line-up features five Italian riders – Valentino Rossi, Andrea Dovizioso, Danilo Petrucci, Andrea Iannone and Franco Morbidelli.
Valentino Rossi has five podiums to his name so far this season; however, a race win eludes the Italian rider in 2018. Rossi has found success at this track in the past and would be hoping to secure his first victory of the season.
Dovizioso would be chasing his second win of the season to continue his climb upwards towards championship glory.
Most successful riders
Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo hold the record for most MotoGP wins at the San Marino Grand Prix. Both the riders hold three victories each and are closely followed by Marc Marquez, who holds two wins to his name.
Latest from the San Marino Grand Prix
The British Grand Prix was called off due to unsafe weather conditions, and current standings put Marc Marquez in the pole position with a 59-point lead. The Spaniard would be hoping to secure the win after narrowly conceding defeat to his fellow countryman Jorge Lorenzo at the Austrian Grand Prix. Rossi, Lorenzo and Dovizioso are the other favourites to win the 2018 San Marino Grand Prix.