Motorsport was today mourning its second death in the space of a week…
Italian bike rider Marco Simoncelli died yesterday after crashing in the Malaysian MotoGP motorcycle race.
The tragic accident happened four minutes into the race, on turn 11, when Simoncelli came off at Turn 11 of the Sepang circuit. The Italian lost control of his Honda bike and swerved across the track … seconds after it was hit by Colin Edwards and Valentino Rossi. The impact with the other competitors was so hard that broke Simoncelli’s helmet.
He was taken to the medical center for treatment, but died from his injuries. Edwards also fell, but escaped serious injury, while Rossi was able to return to the pit area.
The racing death was the first at the track that opened in 1999.
A statement on the MotoGP official website read:
“On Sunday 23rd October, during the MotoGP race at the Shell Advance Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix at the Sepang International Circuit, San Carlo Honda Gresini’s Italian rider Marco Simoncelli suffered a serious accident in which he received critical injuries.
“Despite their efforts, Marco sadly succumbed to his injuries at 4:56pm local time.
Simoncelli’s death is the first in the premier class since another Honda rider, Daijiro Kato, was killed at the 2003 Japanese Grand Prix.