Re: R.I.P. Marco
wow such a bummer, I was soo looking towards him being on the Honda Factory team next year! you could tell by his riding style he was fast, just needed some more time to mature. bad things happening at the end of this season in motorsports, 2 and 4 wheel
"Sadly in this situation, instead of careering off into the big run-off areas and gravel traps that are designed to collect mortorcycles crashing, it appeared the bike Simoncelli was riding veered back into the path of the following riders, American Colin Edwards and Italian Valentino Rossi.
Edwards's bike ran cleanly into Simoncelli's machine and Rossi just caught the edge of the accident.
I don't think any of the riders were sure of what was happening around them but one of those bikes unfortunately hit the back of Simoncelli's head, which took his helmet off.
Neither Valentino or Colin have spoken about the crash and I don't think either will be speaking about it for a long time.
Clearly his helmet came off, which is very unusual, and it had to have been a huge impact for that to happen.
At that point I think we all knew it was a serious accident. The helmet is the most important piece of any protective clothing - and if you lose that you're very vulnerable.
Marco was reported to be conscious in the medical centre in the early stages but, unfortunately, he succumbed to the injuries
He was in his prime and I definitely believe he would have been a threat to the World Championship next year
Marco Simoncelli (20 January 1987 – 23 October 2011) was an Italian Grand Prix motorcycle road racer.
A top rider of the Italian Minimoto Championship from 1996 to 2000, Marco Simoncelli moved to 125cc bikes after taking two consecutive titles in the aforementioned discipline. After a promising first season in the 125 Honda Trophy, Simoncelli took the European 125cc title in 2002 and had a first taste of Grand Prix racing the same year.
In 2003 he undertook his first full season in the World Championship with the Matteoni Racing team. A consistent point-scorer in his rookie season, he moved to the Rauch Bravo team in 2004 and scored his first Grand Prix win at a rain-soaked Jerez, but could only manage an eleventh placed finish overall.
Another 125cc campaign in 2005, with the Nocable.it Race team, was completed with an improvement in the final standings in fifth place, giving Simoncelli the opportunity to leap into the quarter-litre category. A steady season saw the Italian achieve 10th position in the championship representing Metis Gilera, with whom he continued in 2007 and 2008.
In 2008 Simoncelli achieved his first race victories in the 250cc class, his maiden triumph coming at his home race in Mugello, and was involved in some breathtaking battles with his rivals over the course of the year. Emerging as the standout rider in the class, Gilera provided their newest star with a top-of-the-range RSA machine for the final races of the season.
The Italian secured his fifth win of the year at Phillip Island early in October and clinched the title with third place at Malaysia at the penultimate round of the year. He previously rode a Gilera in the 250cc World Championship, and has previously in the 125cc class. He has five race wins in the 250cc class, and two in the 125cc class.
He made a one-off appearance for Aprilia in the World Superbike round at Imola. He qualified on the second row and was one of three riders to crash out of race one at Tosa while running fifth, before fighting through to third in race two, making a forceful move to overtake team-mate Max Biaggi to get onto the podium.
On 25 June 2009, it was confirmed that Simoncelli would move up to premier class racing for 2010 MotoGP championship after agreeing to ride with the San Carlo Gresini Honda team.
Simoncelli died after an accident during the 2011 Malaysian motorcycle Grand Prix on 23 October 2011.
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