Marco Simoncelli dies in the Malaysian Grand Prix

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 23, 2011

Honestly to tell you I am not a huge fan of motorcycles but even I heard of Marco Simoncelli, a great Italian motorcyclist. It appears that this was his last day as Simoncelli passed away due to a crash on the second lap of the Malaysian Grand Prix. According to sources, Marco Simoncelli was fighting for the fourth place with Alvaro Bautista when he lost control of this bike and slid across the circuit, into the the path of Colin Edwards and Valentino Rossi, both of whom then hit the Honda.

Simoncelli lost his helmet during the accident, he was taken by ambulance to circuit’s medical centre but later at 4.56pm local time his death was announced. It seems that it was the first death in Moto GP since Daijiro Katoh, who died back in 2003 in the Japanese Grand Prix. Daijiro Katoh was competing for Gresini Honda team, same team as Simoncelli.

The Italian driver, who was 24 years old, became one of the most exciting new stars in MotoGP this season and this was just the second year at the the top level with the Gresini Honda team. Still, death came too soon for Simoncelli as this motorcyclist had more to show to us and the entire world… R.I.P.! [source: Autosport]

Topics: motogp

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