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 wherein he sustained critical injuries.
Italian rider Marco Simoncelli, 24, died after being involved in a horrific crash at the Malaysian MotoGP Sunday 4:56pm Malaysia time (GMT+8).
Earlier, the race was cancelled in its second lap when the Honda rider fell and was hit by Colin Edwards and Valentino Rossi.
A statement on the MotoGP website said Simoncelli sustained critical injuries and was sent to the medical centre at the Sepang circuit for treatment.
“Despite their efforts, Marco sadly succumbed to his injuries,” the statement said.
Simoncelli lost control of his Honda at turn 11 four minutes into the race, but his bike regained partial grip and swerved across the track, straight into the path of American Colin Edwards and Valentino Rossi of Italy.
Simoncelli’s helmet was knocked off in the accident and he lay motionless on the track after the collision, which occurred when the Italian lowsided from his bike at Turn 11.
The race was immediately red-flagged.
R.I.P. Marco Simoncelli