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Marco Simoncelli Is Dead

October 23, 2011
Marco Simoncelli

Italy’s Marco Simoncelli is dead.

Marco Simoncelli

Simoncelli succumbed to injuries sustained in a horrific accident during the Malaysian MotoGP at the Sepang International Circuit today.

On the second lap four minutes into the race, Simoncelli  lost control of his Honda bike which veered across the track and straight into the path of fellow competitors Colin Edwards and Valentino Rossi.

Simoncelli, 24, who had his helmet knocked off in the crash, lay motionless on the track. American Edwards also fell but escaped without serious injury, while former multi-world champion Rossi was able to return to the pits on his Ducati.

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The race was immediately halted and was later cancelled when the extent of Simoncelli’s injuries become apparent, Simoncelli was rushed by ambulance to the circuit’s medical centre but at 16:56 local time it was announced he had died from his injuries.

Simoncelli was in fourth place when the accident occurred on lap two.

A message on the MotoGP website read: “Marco Simoncelli succumbed to injuries sustained in Malaysia.”

Newly-crowned champion Casey Stoner admitted immediately after the crash he had feared the worse.

“As soon as I saw the footage it just makes you sick inside,” the Australian told BBC2.

“Whenever the helmet comes off, that’s not a good sign.”

Simoncelli, who won the 250cc world championship in 2008, clinching the crown in Sepang, stepped up to MotoGP in 2010.

RIP, Simoncelli!

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  • Reply ian clarke October 24, 2011 at 4:04 am

    side-sow-bob. a truely top MOTOGP man. you will be missed. thanks for the races we have seen U in. RIP – chow.

  • Reply ian clarke October 24, 2011 at 4:09 am

    side-show-bob. you were a top MOTOGP brave man. character bravery determination stupidity funny excentric. U will be missed thnx for your time. chow n RIP.

  • Reply Brett Sycamore October 27, 2011 at 9:51 am

    A great performer,this man would of been World Champion again for sure. I for one will miss watching you ride a great deal. R.I.P.

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