Round 17 of the MotoGP motorcycle race at Shell Advance Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix in Sepang has ended in a tragedy when uprising Italian MotoGP star and former 250cc champion, Marco Simoncelli died from a horrific accident involving Colin Edwards and Valentino Rossi. The accident took place in lap two when unexpectedly Simoncelli, who was battling at forth place, veered across the track at turn 11 into the path of Edwards and Rossi, who were battling each other, causing a violent crash involving the three riders.
The crash was so violent, it did took off Simoncelli’s helmet, causing Simoncelli to lying motionless on the track. Edwards meanwhile dislocated his shoulder while amazingly Rossi managed to escape unhurt. The race was immediately red flagged and soon after the race was canceled by the race authorities. Despite efforts from the medical staffs, Simoncelli succumbed to his fatal injuries to his neck, head and chest, almost 1 hour after the crash has occurred. He was 24.
Horrific violent crash, probably the worst in MotoGP
His close friend and compatriot, Rossi, unable to control his feelings after the tragedy
The Honda Gresini rider was one of the rising stars of MotoGP and well respected by fans due to his flamboyant and cool lifestyle on and off track. Notably, his aggressiveness was why he’s well loved by fans but not so by his rivals. Despite that, he is known as one of the potential future stars in motorcycle racing and his demise was tragic and a big blow to all. Also, this is the first fatal accident in the Sepang circuit.
The videos of the accident are as below, viewer discretion is advised.
Our thoughts are with his family and friends. Also, our well wishes to Rossi and Edwards. Ciao Super Sic.