65,825 Spectators visited Misano for an incredible weekend of action. Ducati scoring two wins in SBK, in Race 1 and Race 2, thanks to Alvaro Bautista (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) while his teammate, Michael Ruben Rinaldi, scored a pair of third-place finishes on home soil. Reigning Champion Toprak Razgatlioglu also claimed his first victory of the season in the Superpole Race, highlighting a dramatic weekend of action.
The number of spectators remains around the same as pre-pandemic visits to the Adriatic Coast. In 2017, 68,154 people visited Misano for WorldSBK, 68,697 visited in 2018 and 70,447 visited in 2019. In 2021, attendance was 11,257 although this year had restrictions in place due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, with the paddock facing restrictions. With the paddock once again opened up to spectators, the almost 66,000 people in attendance were able to take advantage of a whole host of benefits inside and outside the paddock.
Spectators who attend SBK events are able to access the paddock and get close to teams and riders throughout the weekend including access to the Paddock Show, featuring a full schedule of events, and Parc Ferme, where podium celebrations take place in WorldSBK; shown by Rinaldi throwing his s helmet to the large crowd right by the podium. Pit lane walks are also available to spectators to get closer than ever to the action and see inside a working garage.
Bautista, who claimed two victories for Ducati on the Bologna manufacturer’s home soil, said immediately after his Race 1 victory: “I won here in front of all the Ducati fans. I’m so happy to come back to Ducati and win here in Misano.”