MotoGP rider dies after crash at Malaysian Grand Prix

Conseco IncorporatedDan Wheldon

Motorsport.com reports that Simoncelli was left fighting for his life following a horrific crash at turn 11 while in front of Colin Edwards (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) and Valentino Rossi (Ducati Marlboro). ‘Super Sic’ lost the front end of his bike and while trying to hang on and remount, he was dragged into the path of Edwards and Rossi who had no room to take evasive action and both riders hit Simoncelli and his bike in an impact that sent Simoncelli’s helmet flying down the track.  Simoncelli died from his injuries.

Simoncelli raced twice in the MotoGP class at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, finishing 7th in 2010 and 12th in 2011.  He won the 250cc race in 2009 at IMS.

IMS President and CEO Jeff Belskus commented on the death of the 24 year-old Italian.

"We are deeply saddened at the passing of Marco Simoncelli. He was one of the most charismatic figures in the World Championship and had a fantastic future ahead of him in MotoGP. Marco was one of the most popular riders at the MotoGP event at Indianapolis, as his talent on the motorcycle and his ability to connect with fans both were very special. We extend our sincere sympathies to his family, team and fans."

A week ago, 2-time Indy 500 Champ Dan Wheldon died after crashing at an IRL race in Las Vegas.  His funeral was Saturday in St. Petersburg, FL.  A public memorial service is set for Sunday afternoon at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

(Photo courtesy of GlobalMotorBikes.com)

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