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The historic City of San Marino provided a picturesque backdrop as two Ducati GP15’s took to the famous cobbled streets on Thursday.
The MotoGP™ World Championship enters into the last third of the season with the Gran Premio TIM di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini, round 13 of the MotoGP™ World Championship, at the Misano World Circuit Simoncelli.
On the way to the track the Ducati Team decided to pay a visit to the il Palazzo Pubblico di San Marino. Located on Mount Titano the building normally plays host to important government meetings, but on Thursday it welcomed Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso and Andrea Iannone and their fire-spitting 260bhp Desmosedici GP15’s.
Both riders went on a tour of the palace, which dates back to the late 14th century and were suitably impressed by its majesty. The building was torn down and then rebuilt between 1884 and 1894, and was the scene for the poet Carducci’s “Sulla Libertà Perpetua” speech at its re-opening. A century later the Architect Gae Aulenti oversaw renovation and restoration work that was finally completed in 1996.
The Ducati Team took advantage of the glorious weather to take their bikes out for a spin in the city centre, which has been listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage site since 2008. The cutting-edge prototype GP15 machines cutting a stark contrast against the ancient towers, walls and cobbled streets of such a historic site.
Dovizioso and Iannone created an incredible spectacle as they shattered the peace in the normally idyllic streets. The two Italians rode their machines past a spellbound crowd through the convents of St. Francis and St. Clare, the Titano Theatre, the old fortified wall and several other historic buildings, before it was time to head to the track.
The Gran Premio TIM di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini kicks off officially with Thursday’s Press Conference at 17:00 local time.
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