Marco Simoncelli Killed In Malaysian GP Accident


Marco Simoncelli - Photo Credit: MotoGP.com
Marco Simoncelli – Photo Credit: MotoGP.com

 

The Malaysian Grand Prix has ended in tragedy after Marco Simoncelli was killed in a horrific accident on the second lap of the race. The San Carlo Gresini rider lost the front end of his Honda going through turn 11 on the second lap with the rider and bike sliding back into the path of oncoming traffic.

Alvaro Bautista, the man immediately behind, made it through but Colin Edwards and Valentino Rossi were unable to miss the stricken rider with the impact causing Simoncelli’s crash helmet to come off. The American is believed to have dislocated his shoulder but the BBC reported Simoncelli to be in a critical condition in the medical centre immediately after the accident.

The race was originally scheduled to restart at 16:45 local time but the decision was taken ten minutes prior to that point that the race had to be cancelled with the entire medical centre staff focused on treating Marco Simoncelli. Race direction adding that “track action cannot be resumed in the current circumstances.”

Around half an hour after the cancellation, race direction confirmed the news that Simoncelli had succumbed to his injuries at 16:56 local time.

Marco entered the Grand Prix paddock in 2002, taking his first 125cc pole position and victory in Spain at just the 24th attempt. In 2006, he graduated to the 250cc class and claimed 12 victories, culminating in the 2008 title with Metis Gilera.

Simoncelli continued to impress in the premier class, taking his maiden MotoGP pole at Barcelona this year and achieving his first podium at Brno. With a factory Honda contract signed for 2012, Simoncelli’s career was set go from strength to strength and the motorsport world is devastated to see it end in these circumstances.

Simoncelli will be remembered for his entertaining and flamboyant style on and off the track and our thoughts are with his family and friends.

Marco Simoncelli 1987 – 2011 

  • Paulstevens1111

    Thoughts with Simoncelli.. Moto GP needs him.

  • Hotgossip

    Praying for you Marco X

  • Jeanette H

    OMG it’s horrific – can’t begin to understand how the other riders will be feeling. He will be so sadly missed. He was such a character and I always believed he was the next Rossi.

  • Glynnis

    He gave all of us so much pleasure, such a sad loss to a wonderful sports person.  Peter from N. Ireland

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  • Noke

    I met him and his mother at both the laguna seca and indy races the past two years.  He was such a nice guy, really. He was our favorite, he will be deeply missed.

  • Doamf

    I’m so sorry for him and his loved ones, it makes me physically sick, RIP big boy

  • A Howell

    OH MY GOD , WAT THE FUK HOW DID THEY LET THID HAPPEN?????????????????????????????

  • Prkcarole

    thoughts are with his family and all the other riders, tragic day for motor sport. RIP Simoncelli

  • Laurelphelan

    RIP Marco.  We watched you here in Canada and really enjoyed your vibrant personality.  Condolences to your family

  • Stevesandersgsx1400

    What a tragic and horrific end for a bright shining star of the Moto circuit. He was truly going to be a great follow up for Rossi over the seasons to come and will be sadly missed for his love of life and live-life-to-the-full attitude. RIP Marco and thoughts with all his family x

  • Wakelym

    RIP Marco, such a great loss 

  • Dd

    RIP Marco you will be very sadly missed. Thoughts are with your family , friens and peers.

  • Bob – Australia

    RIP Marco. Remain forever young and never forgotten

  • Joanbaz

    Such a sad and tradgic loss to motor GP. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.
    from Barry G & Joan