Marco Simoncelli Dies

October 23, 2011 by staff 

Marco Simoncelli DiesMarco Simoncelli Dies, Celebrated Italian rider Marco Simoncelli died Sunday after a horror accident that saw the MotoGP Sepang Malaysia canceled at the last tragedy struck motorsport.

The big success came just minutes after starting the race, when the mop-haired 24-year-old Honda driver lost control and spun off the track in the way of the riders Colin Edwards and Valentino Rossi compatriot Simoncelli.

Simoncelli, who, ironically, enjoyed his best time in Sepang, when he secured the 250cc title for the 2008 season is here, his helmet was knocked down in the collision, which left him face down and motionless on the tarmac.

Who suffered “very serious trauma to the head, neck and chest” and later suffered a heart attack, medical director Michele Macchiagodena MotoGP told reporters.

“Despite their (doctors) efforts, Marco unfortunately succumbed to his injuries at 4:56 pm local time (0856 GMT),” said in a statement MotoGP bleak.

“Everyone involved in MotoGP extends its deepest condolences to Marco? S family, friends and the team at this tragic loss.”

An anguished world champion Casey Stoner was “surprised and upset.”

The Australian added: “When something like this happens you remember how precious life is I feel bad for the right, I can only say that my thoughts are for his family ..”

Another rider, Dani Pedrosa of Spain, echoed the feelings of disbelief Stoner.

“After a tragedy like there’s not much you can say. I saw Marco’s father and all I could do was hold each other hard in our arms.

“We often forget that it is a dangerous sport. Obviously we’re doing what we do, but nothing worth a day like this.”

Pedrosa’s Honda teammate Andrea Dovizioso, added: “In such circumstances, the words are superfluous.

“I’m thinking of his father and mother. I have a child and what happened today is the worst thing you can imagine. In the ring to fight a lot, but unfortunately often just around the corner.

“Mario was a fearless rider and always fought. We fought on the track since we were kids. I often saw him fall, but without any damage. Seemed indestructible. What has happened here, it seems impossible.”

The motor sports have been a nightmare stretch of Simoncelli and death seemed certain that vomits more uncomfortable questions about security.

Last week, 2010 MotoGP champion Jorge Lorenzo crashed during heating in Australia, cut his own finger, which was later surgically reattached, while two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon died in a car accident 15 Las Vegas in the Indy Car

The race at the Sepang circuit was immediately red flag and organizers later announced that it had been canceled.

Edwards also fell and suffered a dislocated shoulder, a doctor’s career, he said, while Rossi walked away unscathed.

Rossi, Ducati racing, the track left devastated by the death of his “good friend”, the Ducati team manager Vittoriano Gureschi told AFP.

“Valentino is shocked by the incident. Valentino is a strong man, but this incident is a tragedy. Have you lost a good friend,” he said.

“Marco is a wonderful person. He is friendly with everyone. He loved the sport,” said Gureschi.

Sepang is a circuit notoriously difficult due to the Malaysian heat, humidity and frequent rain, but conditions on Sunday, though warm, were fine.

Pedrosa of Spain had taken the pole position, the day before despite taking a fall, like Rossi.

Before the race, Sepang officials had promised a special focus on security after the previous weekend.

“It’s a sad return to the return of weekend racing,” said the chairman of the Sepang circuit Mokhzani Mahathir told reporters after Simoncelli’s death was announced.

“We do everything possible to prevent incidents and prepare for the worst. You see, 99 percent of the time, runners fall in and out. Only one percent do not.”

The race director Paul Butler, promised a thorough investigation.

The last fatal accident in the world motorcycling championship was last year when Japan was killed Shoya Tomizawa.

Although there is a race in Spain last still to come, Stoner has already secured the championship in 2011 with his victory last week in a very rugged Grand Prix of Australia.

Stoner won at Phillip Island, by just two seconds ahead of Simoncelli, whose second place was his best but in MotoGP.

“You can never guarantee a career of 100 percent sure,” said Mokhzani.

“You expose yourself to danger when the race. As professionals, they know MotoGP is dangerous. Believe it or not, that’s what we live. Our condolences to Marco. We will miss him very much.”

The flamboyant and much loved Simoncelli death caused sadness in Italy, where they announced sporting events observe a minute of silence.

Italian soccer giants Inter and AC Milan were among the clubs to offer their commiserations.

AC Milan said it “offers a hug to the family of Marco, a big Rossoneri fan and want to provide the most sincere and heartfelt condolences at this sad time.”

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