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MotoGP rider dies in crash

2011-10-23 11:30

Sepang - Italy's Marco Simoncelli died on Sunday of injuries sustained in a crash that resulted in the cancellation of the Malaysian MotoGP, in the latest tragedy to hit motorsports.

The crash occurred just minutes after the race began when the 24-year-old Honda rider's bike veered across the track and into the path of riders Colin Edwards and Valentino Rossi.

Simoncelli had his helmet knocked off in the ensuing collision, which occurred on turn 11.

MotoGP later announced Simoncelli's death in a one-line statement on its website.

"Marco Simoncelli succumbed to injuries sustained in Malaysia," it said.

Motorsports have seen a nightmare stretch recently and Simoncelli's death looked certain to throw open more questions over safety.

Last weekend, 2010 MotoGP champ Jorge Lorenzo crashed during warm-ups in Australia, severing a finger, while two-time

Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon died in a 15-car crash in Las Vegas in Indy Car.

The race at Malaysia's Sepang track was immediately red-flagged following the crash and organisers later announced it had been cancelled.

Edwards also fell but escaped serious injury, while Rossi was able to return to the pits.

Although there is a final race in Spain still to come, Australia's Casey Stoner has already secured the 2011 championship with his win last weekend in the Australian Grand Prix.

SAPA

Comments
  • siranne.vanonselen - 2011-10-23 11:42

    RIP! So sad!

  • Geri.simak - 2011-10-23 11:45

    Absolutely horrible! My condolences!

  • clyde.eksteen - 2011-10-23 12:03

    GOD speed Marco... REST IN PEACE....!!!

  • Facts - 2011-10-23 12:03

    I cannot find words to comment. You were and will remain one of my hero's. MotoGP will feel empty without you. RIP.

  • clinton.milne - 2011-10-23 13:10

    very sad! RIP Marco!

  • Johan - 2011-10-23 13:26

    I am so sad i cant believe it rest in peace marco

  • Emma - 2011-10-23 13:53

    very sad ,had so much more racing and wins to look forward to do etc... and loved and loved life . REST IN PEACE. GO THE MOTOR GP.. WILL NEVER BE FORGOT.XXOO

  • Anthony - 2011-10-23 14:49

    RIP Simo - you lived doing your best to entertain us. We enjoyed the spectacle while it lasted and a pity you did not manage to go on to greater things that we all thought were in your reach

  • pierre.daneels - 2011-10-23 17:33

    A tragic loss of a really talented rider - I had really rated him as a future world champ - he was always exploring the limit, much like Rossi in his earlier days. May you slide that rubber all the way to heaven. Condolences to Marco's family & all the MotoGP gang.

  • cobus.fenwick - 2011-10-23 22:20

    Marco died in what he loved to do. God picks His flowers whenever He want's to. May God give the Simoncelli-family peace in their hearts that He will look after Marco till eternity. Sad for us and we will miss you. Always one of my favourites in Moto GP.

  • gbrockfan - 2011-10-24 06:53

    My thought's and sadness goes out to his family and friends, such as sad loss, R.I.P.

  • Riaan - 2011-10-24 08:42

    Rest In Peace Marco

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