Tomorrow they'll be hearing the roar of the engines at Misano. Thanks to a collaboration between the racetrack and the FIM (Italian Motorcycle Federation), about forty Italian riders who reside in Emilia-Romagna will be able to start training on the track again.
But, despite the rumors, Valentino Rossi will not be among them. The Doctor is, however, organizing a training session on the Misano circuit for the weeks to come. Although Tavullia is only a few kilometers away from the circuit, it's in another region, and the current restrictions are still very strict.
But while Valentino has to wait a bit longer to savor the joys of riding on asphalt, many other riders will finally be able to interrupt their hiatus.
"After this long period of having been at a standstill, we're preparing for a first, important test reserved, as per government provisions, only for Italian riders who reside in Emilia Romagna," Giovanni Copioli, the FMI's president, explained. "There's a consolidated collaboration with the World Misano Circuit there and a fully-shared vision in the development of motorcycling and young riders. It's no coincidence that it is a Federal Technical Center and has a whole series of combined activities with the Autodromo's management and with the most important of Italian teams. During this phase, when we have to coexist with the Coronavirus, we've developed procedures and methods for protecting the health of all riders, employees, and service personnel. Thanks to the Director of the Autodromo, Andrea Albani, I look forward to this first test, which will be fundamental in beginning our sporting activities again, starting with the Italian Speed Championship."
Italian riders who reside in the Emilia-Romagna region will enter the garages at the Simoncelli in the early afternoon, and will be on the track for one day of training, which will be useful for them to regain confidence with their bikes after so many days spent with simulators.
“There's a desire to start again," Luca Colaiacovo, the President of Santa Monica SpA, admitted. "But we also know that everything and everyone must follow the rules because we can't allow for slip ups. It will also be an organizational test, assessing the situations that will occur inside the circuit."