Tragedy Strikes MotoGP: Simoncelli Killed in Malaysia
Motorsports was dealt another blow this weekend, with the passing of 24-year-old Marco Simoncelli. “Super Sic,” as he was called by fellow racers, was in fourth place in the Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix when he seemed to low-side into turn 11 on only the second lap. It appeared as though Simoncelli’s San Carlo Honda Gresini regained traction and shot back across the track, directly into the path of American rider Colin Edwards and Ducati’s Valentino Rossi.
Rossi kept the bike upright, but was visibly shaken by what he had witnessed. Edwards went down with his Yamaha, dislocating his shoulder. Simoncelli was motionless on the track without his helmet. Efforts to revive him were unsuccessful and the announcement of his tragic death was made public shortly before 5:00 pm local time. The race was cancelled.
Simoncelli seemed destined for greatness in MotoGP, with flashes of brilliance and an undeniable tenacity amongst other riders. He came under fire earlier this season for racing too hard and taking too many risks. With just a bit more experience, Simoncelli could have been the next great Italian rider, following in the footsteps of his friend and fellow racer Valentino Rossi.
Marco Simoncelli burned with an intense and uncommon flame that rightly had many comparing him to Rossi. But that fire has been extinguished far too early, and racing is that much darker for his absence.