Ciao Super Sic, RIP

October 27, 2011

in Motorcycles

Marco Simoncelli death

Today is Motogp rising star, Macro Simoncelli’s funeral, held in Santa Maria Assunta church in Coriano, Italy, Simoncelli’s hometown.

It was a huge turnout, with his family, girlfriend, and fellow riders, both past and current, in attendance, notably Valentino Rossi, Giacomo Agostini, Alex Criville, Simone Corsi, Yuki Takahashi, Raffaele de Rosa, Chaz Davies, Mattia Pasini, Manuel Poggiali, Jorge Lorenzo, Andrea Dovizioso, Randy de Puniet, Loris Capirossi, Toni Elias, Hiroshi Aoyama and Alex de Angelis.

I saw the terrible accident happen live via webcast during the MotoGP race in Sepang, Malaysia, in the middle of the night, Saturday, October 22nd (the race was at 4pm Malaysian time on October 23rd) and I was glued to the monitor, really hoping he would make it.

What happened was Marco lost control of his Honda RC212V in the 2nd lap corner and the bike turned into the racing line of both Colin Edwards and longtime friend Valentino Rossi. Both hit him at full speed, so hard, his helmet came off and he was motionless on the track, which was immediately stopped.

Looking at the accident, Marco died from massive trauma to his chest, head, and neck, it’s likely that bones were broken and most certainly his heart must have been ripped apart as it stopped beating a few minutes later in the ambulance. The highly trained high tech medical staff at the circuit tried to revive him for a full 45 minutes, but he was pronounced dead at 4:56pm Sunday.

By then, the entire racing paddock was in shock.

I was posting on Facebook and Twitter and watching the Twitter streams and there was a lot of people talking about the accident (particularly on Twitter) and wishing Marco RIP.

This is truly sad. Not only for the racers and crew, who form a familiar bond with each other from travelling together throughout the year, but also for fans of the sport as MotoGP does a great job of creating celebrities of the sport for every MotoGP rider. Marco was definitely a character, a rising star in motorsports and every got to know him through his color personality. He was also doing so well in his racing that he may have been a top contender for the MotoGP title as well.

In addition, Marco was only 24 years old and present at the track during his accident where both his parents and his girlfriend.

I can’t help feeling this is a terrible loss and really feeling for all the riders and his family, particularly, Colin Edwards and Valentino Rossi. Colin has been pretty quiet since the accident and Vale took to Twitter to Tweet “Sic for me was like a youngest brother. So strong on track and so sweet in the normal life. I will miss him a lot”. I know they both must be in a total wreck about the accident. They were no way in fault, however they must be replaying the scenario over and over in their heads, wondering if they could have veered left or right, or braked sooner. I hope they get over their guilt and move on soon.

Tributes from the other riders and photos of the accident and the reaction can be found here.

Rest in Peace Big Man.

Ronald Lee - Teary eyed as I write this

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