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Malaysian Grand Prix, Sepang: Race cancelled after tragic accident

SV October 23, 2011 News, Race Weekends 3 Comments

The world of racing has sadly lost another shining figure today as Marco Simoncelli succumbed to serious injuries sustained in a crash during the second lap of the MotoGP race at Sepang.

The Italian lowsided at turn 11 and tried to hold on to his Gresini Honda, but was unfortunately pushed back to the middle of the track where he was struck by Colin Edwards and Valentino Rossi who couldn’t avoid him anymore. Simoncelli lost his helmet in the horrific crash and the race was immediately red-flagged and subsequently cancelled as the circuit’s medical personnel tried their best to save his life. Sadly it was to no avail and it’s been officially confirmed that Simoncelli passed away at 16.56 local time.

We’d like to send our condolences to the family and friends of Marco and a lot of strength in this terrible time. Rest in peace, Marco.

3 Comments

  1. Sean Evans October 23, 2011 at 11:11 am

    RIP Marco Simoncelli. And rising star that never got the chance to shine. The world has lost a great racer. Great person. Great spirit. You will be missed

  2. Fil69 October 26, 2011 at 3:53 am

    I agree, an absolute tragic loss of life. RIP Marco…… I cant help though of thinking about the spare factory Honda ride that has suddenly become vacant and the possibilty of Alvaro moving to a bike that has podium potential….

  3. stv21 October 26, 2011 at 10:32 am

    Álvaro already had the option of a factory-supported Honda with LCR before this happened. Suzuki & Honda made a deal that if Suzuki won’t continue in MotoGP, Álvaro automatically gets the LCR spot which would come with factory support, just like the Gresini bike. No difference.

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