Sunday, October 23, 2011
For the third time in just over a week, the motorsports world is mourning the loss of one of its own. MotoGP rider Marco Simoncelli lost the front-end of his San Carlo Gresini Honda RC212V and careened across the track amongst a tight field of riders. While trailing riders Colin Edwards and Valentino Rossi tried to avoid Simoncelli, there wasn't enough track and they collided with the downed rider.
Never one to back down, Marco was a talented rider who could take the fight to anyone. Fellow Italian Luca Montezemolo, President of Ferrari, put Simoncelli's abilities into perspective when he said,"I was very impressed by his speed, talent and the determination he showed this year. His qualities reminded me of Gilles Villeneuve and now, fate has chosen to link them in this tragic fashion." Montezemolo's thoughts are supported by Marco's career highlights of 2009 250cc MotoGP World Champion as well as podiums in the premiere class in only his second season riding the 800cc motorcycles.
While a fearsome competitor on the track, Marco never lost sight of the importance of life and always kept a cheerful disposition. Valentino Rossi had stated on twitter that Marco "was like a youngest brother. So strong on track and so sweet in normal life. I will miss him a lot." We're right there with you, Vale. We'll all miss Super Sic. Ciao Marco.