The San Marino Grand Prix will continue to take place at Misano for the next five years after the circuit announced an extension to their contract with Dorna. The Adriático circuit returned to the calendar in 2007 and has proven a huge success, particularly with supporters who turn out year upon year to support their local hero Valentino Rossi.

San Marino Secretary of State for Tourism and Sport, Fabio Berardi, and Dorna Sports CEO, Carmelo Ezpeleta, attended a special press conference on Thursday to confirm the news and Ezpeleta is delighted to continue the partnership.

“It is a pleasure to be here to renew the contract with the Misano World Circuit, to continue working with the Republic of San Marino, Riviera di Rimini and Santamonica S.p.a. and to be able to sign a deal in an economic period such as this. We are highly satisfied with our relationship and we first started to speak about a renewal last year. The San Marino Grand Prix is a very important one for us and I am certain it will continue to get better and better with every year.”

A capacity crowd of 60,000 is expected for tomorrow's race, where Casey Stoner will start from pole position ahead of Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa.