Just a week after the tragic death of Dan Wheldon, the motorsport world suffered another loss of one of its stars. 24 year old Honda MotoGP rider Marco Simoncelli was involved in a crash with Colin Edwards and Valentino Rossi at the Malaysian Grand Prix which ultimately took the life of the young Italian rider.
Marco was the 2008 250cc World Champion and 2011 marked his 2nd year in the premier MotoGP class. After a difficult start to his MotoGP career, his speed in 2011 showed that he was beginning to fulfil the potential he had shown in the lower classes.
A close friend of Valentino Rossi, Marco had that style and personality that we all saw in a young Vale, with the big hair being easily identifiable. Marco easily became a fans favourite, not just to his style or looks, but the always smiling nature of the young star that seemed to enjoy what he did, even when others around him questioned his riding and aggressiveness.
Marco Simoncelli was on his way to being a big star, a huge talent that was taken from the world too early, but this is the nature of the beast that we worship called motorsport and it has claimed another champion and another one of our heroes.
The world will never forget ‘Super SIC’
#58 will be missed
Rest in Peace Marco Simoncelli
1987 – 2011