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■ 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

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