News in brief
■ Motogp have officially retired Marco Simoncelli’s race number in a ceremony at the Misano circuit named in his honour. The number will now be withdrawn from use – but will be granted to a rider who asks the permission of the Simoncelli family in the future. ■ Motogp will remain at the Misano circuit for the San Marino Grand Prix for the remainder of Valentino Rossi’s career in the championship, after the organisers of the race, only 13 miles from the Italian’s hometown, extended their deal with the series until at least 2020. ■ They might not even have joined the championship yet, but newfor-2017 manufacturers KTM have become the first to sign up to the new agreement penned between teams and Motogp organisers Dorna. The contract will see them committed to the series for at least five years. ■ Loris Baz, Jack Miller and Andrea Iannone were three non- starters for this weekend’s race. The Frenchman was injured in the horrific first lap crash that brought out the red flags at Silverstone and was replaced by World Superbike racer Xavi Fores at Misano, while both Iannone and Miller withdrew through the weekend. All three are hoping to return at Aragon in nine days’ time. ■ Ducati test rider Michele Pirro ran a novel new wheel covering during Saturday morning’s sessions. Constructed out of carbon fibre and looking like the disc rear wheels used by track cyclists, the Bologna factory were tight-lipped about the role of the cover, admitting only that it was for “studying aerodynamic effects”. ■ 1982 500 Grand Prix world champion and Motogp safety officer Franco Uncini was formally inducted as a Motogp legend at a ceremony on Friday at his home race in Misano. The Italian took the 1982 title from Graeme Crosby, and since retiring has played a key role in the paddock as safety officer.
Motogp legend honour for former racer turned safety officer Franco Uncini
Marco Simoncelliõs dad Paolo with Motogp boss Carmelo Ezpeleta