The Sepang MotoGP was cancelled earlier today following a tragic accident on the second lap of the race that claimed the life of San Carlo Honda Gresini rider Marco Simoncelli. Simoncelli low-sided on lap two and was dragged by his bike into the path of Colin Edwards (Yamaha) and Valentino Rossi (Ducati). Edwards fell and dislocated his shoulder. In a press conference following the race, the doctor on the scene described Simoncelli’s injuries as massive head, neck and chest trauma. Somehow Simoncelli’s helmet came off during the accident.
Simoncelli was just 24 years old, and a former 250 GP champion who was in his second year in the MotoGP classification. Although he was technically on a satellite team, he received full Honda factory support in terms of equipment, and was scheduled to do so next year, as well, as the series transitions to 1000 cc machines. Honda has cancelled a 1000 cc test scheduled for tomorrow at Sepang out of respect.
Follow this link if you would like to read some of the many tributes already pouring in for Marco Simoncelli from fellow racers, and other industry representatives.
MD offers its sincere condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Marco Simoncelli.