San Marino Misano
September 10 Track length 2.63 miles Top speed 186.1mph Average speed 100.8mph Circuit record 1m 32.979s (Pedrosa) 2016 podium Pedrosa, Rossi, Lorenzo Most wins Rossi, Lorenzo (3) MCN’S tip for the win Rossi
It’s often joked that for Valentino Rossi, every race is a home race – but there’s one place that really is his home race – Misano. Only a few miles from his hometown of Tavullia, there’s even more pressure than usual on the shoulders of the series’ veteran for this weekend – not that he lets that get to him out on track.
In fact, he came close in 2016 to taking the win, denied only by a late charge from Dani Pedrosa. But the wily old fox is more competitive than ever this season, and winning his home race will no doubt be on the top of his wishlist.