The World Superbike Championship will continue to visit the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli through to 2020, after series owners Dorna Sports agreed a three-year extension with the Rimini venue.

WorldSBK first visited Misano in 1994, when Giancarlo Falappa delighted the home crowds with a victory in the weekend’s second race.

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The series has returned on an off since then, with Misano becoming the permanent home of the Rimini round of the season since 2014.

The Misano round is a natural circuit for WorldSBK to visit,” WorldSBK Executive Director Daniel Carrera said.

You can find widespread passion, strong organisational skills and plenty of improvement on a local scale. It was an easy decision to make, one which feels almost natural.”

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President of Santamonica SpA Luca Colaiacovo commented on the importance of Misano hosting a round of WorldSBK, citing the development to the venue that can and has been made as a result of continued involvement with the series.

With the WorldSBK series there is a historical and important link which brings strong levels of commitment, in order to improve the facilities that we welcome each year,” he said.

This year we launched our new Paddock 4, we have redesigned the main paddock building and opened another entrance point.”

2017 marks 45 years of racing at Misano, a milestone which was celebrated in fine fashion on Sunday at the Rimini WorldSBK round with victory for Ducati”s Marco Melandri – the 100th Italian win in the series.

WorldSBK will now head to the United States and Laguna Seca for the eighth round of the season on July 7-9, the last outing before the six-week summer break.