Marco Simoncelli, the Italian Honda rider was involved in a fatal crash four minutes into the Malaysian MotoGP. The race at Sepang was immediately called off, while the world over, people are trying to come in terms with the tragedy.
The 24-year-old Honda rider’s bike swerved across the track and came in the path of Colin Edwards, and Rossi. The collision at turn 11 saw Marco Simoncelli’s helmet being flung off. While, Edwards did fall, he wasn’t seriously injured, and Valentino Rossi was able to head back to the pits. MotoGP confirmed Simoncelli’s death is the following statement. “Marco Simoncelli succumbed to injuries sustained in Malaysia.” The Circuit’s medical centre staff tried to resuscitate him but confirmed his death at 1656 local time.
Last weekend, 2010 MotoGP champ Jorge Lorenzo was involved in a serious crash at warm-ups in Australia. He severed a finger, which plastic surgeons were able to repair but had given today’s Malaysian MotoGP race a miss. The previous weekend also saw two time Indy 500 driver Dan Wheldon succumb of crash injuries in Las Vegas in a 15 car crash incident.
In regards to today’s incident at Sepang, Marco Simoncelli’s team-mate, world champion Casey Stoner: “I’m so shocked and saddened by the loss of Marco. When things like this happen it reminds you how precious life is, it makes me feel sick inside.” “All I can say is how sorry I am for Marco’s whole family.”
Andrea Dovizioso and Simoncelli who rode together for 125cc, 250cc and MotoGP class said, “He seemed invincible. What happened seems impossible. We raced together since we were kids. I saw him always pushing to the maximum.”He crashed many times but without major injuries. In these circumstances, words don’t seem to be appropriate. I think of Marco’s family and all the people dear to him, in particular his father and mother. I also have a child and what happened today is the hardest situation you can imagine.”
Honda racer Dani Pedrosa who in a run in with Simoncelli earlier injured himself seriously had this to say. “Many times we ourselves forget how dangerous this sport can be and, when you lose people on the way, nothing has any meaning. It’s clear we all do what we like, what we love, but on days like today nothing matters.”
Shuhei Nakamoto, Honda worldwide executive vice-president had this to say. “Marco was a very nice guy and a very talented rider. Sometimes I was a little harsh with him, for example after his first MotoGP podium in Brno when I told him, ‘Lucky podium’. He was so angry but I wanted to motivate him as I knew he was able to do even more. I was thinking that, when he won his first race, we would have been able to celebrate together. Now I just want to say thank you to Marco for what he gave me and to pass my sincere condolences to his family and this very sad time.”[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ax41CdbrKNQ&feature=player_embedded[/youtube]