The Misano World Circuit ‘Marco Simoncelli’ opened up for activity again today and is back on song. As we anticipated on this website, in fact, the Romagna track has reopened its doors, hosting riders (with their bikes in some cases) of national interest residing in the region, sealing off the paddock and allowing entry to a very limited group of people: each rider was able to bring only one support person with him, and the trucks that usually crowd the paddock left space for vans and tents with a slightly retro effect.
‘Back to Normal’ day was also much less crowded than expected, given that compared to the 40 riders expected in the last few days, only 13 dared to venture out onto the brand-new Misano asphalt, which was still (as expected) very dirty.
Only Michele Pirro and Lorenzo Savadori represented MotoGP, the latter, however, on the track with the Aprilia RSV4 1100 which he will use in the CIV. Lorenzo was thus able to ‘study’ some of his imminent rivals in the CIV Superbike class such as Pirro, Lorenzo Gabellini, Luca Vitali and Alessandro Delbianco. Moto2 was (more or less) better represented with Enea Bastianini (on track with a Yamaha R1), Nicolò Bulega and Mattia Pasini.
Matteo Ferrari, Massimo Roccoli, Luca Bernardi and the two youngsters Giacomo Mora and Andrea Natali made up the rest of the riders, on the only two 300s on the track.
The test sessions continued until 18.00, when the track closed its doors once again, and we went back to waiting for everything to truly get back to ‘normal’ as before.