Misano circuit name to be associated with Simoncelli

Thursday, 3 November 2011

The board of directors of Santamonica Spa has unanimously accepted a proposal to associate the name of the Misano circuit with Marco Simoncelli.

The board of directors decided unanimously to accept the proposal of associating the name of its sports facilities at Misano with the late MotoGP rider Marco Simoncelli.

“We owe it to the memory of Sic,” said Lucas Colaiacovo, Vice President of the circuit. “We owe it to his family, to the hundreds of thousands of fans who admired his courage and humanity, all of the individuals in the sporting world and media who support this spontaneous and moving proposal. We are pleased and proud to associate the Misano circuit with Marco Simoncelli, a champion in sport and in life.”

“Within the next few hours we will contact the family to announce our decision and thank them for their willingness they have offered during this difficult time. Marco will be forever with us, thanks to the initiatives that will come together in the coming months,” added Colaiacovo.

Within their formal legal request for the name association, the Council of Santamonica Spa stressed that Simoncelli’s name will not be used for marketing or brand related commercial activities related to the Misano circuit.

Another tribute to the memory of Marco Simoncelli was seen this evening at the Ricardo Tormo circuit in Valencia. The San Carlo Honda Gresini team set up its box with the number 58 bike on display, with a banner at the back of the garage featuring a portrait of the late Italian racer and a moving tribute that reads (in Italian): “Goodbye Marco, it was and honor and privilege to work with you.”

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