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Marco Simoncelli Dies in Sepang GP

Sunday, October 23, 2011
Gresini Honda's Marco Simoncelli died from injuries sustained from a Lap 2 crash in the Sepang MotoGP race.
Marco Simoncelli died from crash injuries sustained in the Sepang MotoGP race. The Gresini Honda rider perished from severe head, neck and chest trauma after an on-track collision. The Sepang race was immediately red flagged after the fatal crash, and later cancelled.

The accident occurred on the second lap of the race. Simoncelli's fatal injuries occurred when the former 250 champ was hit by trailing riders, Colin Edwards and Valentino Rossi.

After the collision, Simoncelli laid unconscious on the track, where medical personnel immediately started CPR. Transported to the medical center, the 24-year-old was intubated and CPR continued for 45 minutes. At 16:56 local time Simoncelli was declared dead.

Simoncelli was running in the top four after battlilng with Suzuki’s Alvaro Bautista when he lost control of his Honda RC212V. Onboard footage from Bautista’s bike shows Simoncelli lowsiding on Turn 11 and moving left off of the racing line. Bautista would pass by on the inside without incident, but instead of sliding off track Simoncelli stayed on board and veered back into the racing line where he collided with Edwards and Rossi. 

The force of the impact was such that Simoncelli’s helmet ripped off the Italian. Edwards also went down and dislocated his right shoulder in the crash. Although running off-track, Rossi was able to return to the pits, where the riders awaited word of their fallen comrade.

The 2011 season was Simoncelli's second in the premier class. He scored a pair of podiums and pole positions this
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season, with his second-place finish at Phillip Island the best result of his young MotoGP career. The 250 GP champion in 2008, Simoncelli won 12 races in the 250 ranks. He also won two races in 125 GP.

Simoncelli's death is the last fatality in the premier Grand Prix class since Daijiro Kato died at Suzuka in 2003. Moto2 rider Shoya Tomizawa was killed at Misano in the 2010 championship.

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Drunkula   October 25, 2011 06:35 AM
I was really bummed to hear this. He was one of my favorite riders to watch. My condolences to his family, friends, and other loved one.
zenjim   October 24, 2011 10:16 AM
I ran into Super Sic in the paddock at Laguna last year. He was really gracious and allowed me to try my rudimentary Italian on him. When I left him he had a huge grin, was signing autographs, and was dripping in super models. That's how I'll remember him.
Bret   October 24, 2011 09:45 AM
It was hard to watch the very short and emotional race. I knew what had happened but wanted to see Marco's last moments. He was his usually self. Pushing 110% and putting on a show early on. My thoughts go out to his family, friends, Colin Edwards and Valentino Rossi.
MotoFreak   October 24, 2011 09:42 AM
Watching the race was terrible, but I didn't realize just how serious the collision was. I was thinking possibly season ending injury. Simoncelli was my favorite "love to hate" rider, mostly because he raced along side Spies so frequently. Simoncelli will be missed. Extremely sad and tragic.
screamer69   October 24, 2011 06:41 AM
Tragic loss for the sport ,Simoncelli was a rising star with much to look forward too...freak accident on many levels, hope Rossi can come bk from this.
Maxx   October 24, 2011 04:24 AM
Sad to hear this RIP Marco. In the videos it looks like Edwards ran over him, instead of Rossi but I guess it really doesn't matter
kyolml   October 23, 2011 11:23 PM
I was always thinking how come this guy fell and crashed so much and still walking away and riding another day. Too sad the luck has run out for him and he has to pay all of them back in this day. And it feels like the bike was pushing him to the death I am truly sorry we miss Marco for his excitement that he brought to the MotoGP, and still feel unreal that he died because all the fights he picked with Dani and Jorge just felt like yesterday, and he was such a bully and never quit! RIP!
Bristecom   October 23, 2011 06:24 PM
Marco was like the Ayrton Senna of MotoGP. He always gave it 110% so I had a feeling this would happen one day. Some may call him crazy but you have to respect him for caring so much about something that he was willing to risk it all time and time again.... It's a shame we won't see what he could have been. Nevertheless, he made a big mark in his short time with MotoGP and will not be forgotton.

I think Rossi is the one who hit his body. Rossi will have to live with that horrifying experience for the rest of his life. Hopefully it was instant and no pain for Marco... :(

You always hope that racing has got to the point with safety where there will be no more lives lost but unfortunately that's not reality.
motousa_adam   October 23, 2011 01:13 PM
rip marco simoncelli 58 -- long hair, don't care
Ivy46   October 23, 2011 10:53 AM
Desaster... RIP Marco..
r8drid8r   October 23, 2011 09:21 AM
R.I.P. Super Sic.
r8drid8r   October 23, 2011 09:20 AM
R.I.P Super Sic.
leward18   October 23, 2011 09:16 AM
A great and exciting rider to watch with all the heart and bravery in the world to give it his all. Adam Waheed, I know you had the priviledge in meeting and riding with Marco not too long ago in Italy. Your words about your experience with this young man will be greatly appreciated. Rest in peace to Marco Simoncelli, the brightest star in the MotoGP paddock.