With MotoGP riders at Valencia debuting their own personal tributes to Marco Simoncelli today, back in Italy an entirely different tribute has been undertaken, as the Misano Circuit is set to change its name to honor the fallen Italian motorcycle racer. While not one of Simoncelli’s favorite tracks, Misano was the Italian racer’s home venue, and hence forth it will be renamed from the Misano World Circuit to the Marco Simoncelli World Circuit in honor of the fallen rider.

The announcement comes after a unaimous decision by the Council of Santamonica Spa, who have stressed that Simoncelli’s name will not be used for marketing or branding purposes commercially when in regards to the Misano Circuit. “We owe it to the memory of Sic,” said Circuit President Luca Colaiacov, “his family, the hundreds of thousands of fans who admired his courage and humanity, and the many sport and media personalities that gave voice to this spontaneous popular movement.”

Source: MotoGP; Photo: Honda