A PROMISING SECOND HALF OF THE SEASON After the first seven races until now, the Misano race is the gate to the second part of the year. It looks very interesting and there should be plenty of good quality show until the final event on...
A PROMISING SECOND HALF OF THE SEASON
After the first seven races until now, the Misano race is the gate to the second part of the year. It looks very interesting and there should be plenty of good quality show until the final event on November 2 on the Portuguese track of Portimao.
The last race at the Nurburgring was very good for Yamaha, with two victories for Noriyuki Haga, who was on the podium of the second race with his teammate Troy Corser who finished second. So Yamaha is now in second position of the manufacturers championship, only 31 points behind the leader Ducati, and 28 points in front of Suzuki in third position, and 44 points in front of Honda in fourth position.
Shinichi Nakatomi will try in Italy to have a good result so he can improve his 20th position in the provisional World Championship classification.
The Santa Monica circuit:
Designed in 1969, Misano was opened in 1972. The circuit's length was 3488 meters at the time. There were three San Marino Grand Prix between 1985 and 1987. In 1993, it was increased to 4060 meters (2.52 miles) while track width was increased to 12 meters so that Misano could be homologated by the FIM. In 1997, the circuit infrastructures were revamped to boost its international status and appeal.
In 2007, it was decided that the track would be used clockwise. Not many racetracks have been used in the past with reversed direction. One of them is Pocono in the United States that is used counter clockwise for the NASCAR races and clockwise for the WKA (World Karting Association) Enduro series. Another one is Montlhery near Paris, France, "turning right" for the races and left for the manufacturers and press tests.
Misano's excellent location (the track is 4kms away from Riccione, 15 from Rimini and 130 from Bologna) means that both Grand Prix and World Superbike events have been held there and it is often used as a test track.
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