Simoncelli dies in horror crash

Malaysian MotoGP cancelled after Italian rider’s collision with Edwards, Rossi.

Afp October 23, 2011

SEPANG: Celebrated Italian rider Marco Simoncelli died after a horror crash that saw the Malaysian MotoGP at Sepang cancelled, in the latest tragedy to hit motor sports.

The smash occurred just minutes after the race began, when the 24-year-old Honda rider’s bike veered across the track and directly into the path of riders Colin Edwards and Simoncelli’s compatriot Valentino Rossi.

Simoncelli, who ironically enjoyed his finest hour at Sepang when he finished third to clinch the 2008 season’s 250cc title, had his helmet knocked off in the sickening collision, which happened on turn 11.

MotoGP later confirmed the death of the rider.

“Despite the doctors’ efforts, Marco sadly succumbed to his injuries,” said a statement. “Everybody involved in MotoGP extend their deepest condolences to Marco’s family, friends and team at this tragic loss.”

Formula One driver Mark Webber led the tributes to the 24-year-old, posting a message on Twitter.

“RIP Marco,” he tweeted. “A special talent that will be missed. Thinking of your loved ones and all the MotoGP paddock.”

Motor sports has seen a nightmare stretch recently and Simoncelli’s death looked certain to throw up more awkward questions over safety.

Last weekend, former MotoGP champion Jorge Lorenzo crashed during warm-ups in Australia, severing a finger that was later surgically reattached, while two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon died in a crash in Las Vegas.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 24th, 2011.


carl mosconi | 10 years ago | Reply

I knew this was coming, he took his eyes off the track more than once and the fact that he did a wheelie just before the crash is most upsetting.

just.another.guy | 10 years ago | Reply

R.I.P till eternity. A horrific accident indeed. The feelings of Pakistanis are with the family of the deceased.

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