The Marco Simoncelli Foundation hosted a supermoto event last weekend, which was attended by many star racers, including but not limited to Valentino Rossi, Max Biaggi and Andrea Dovizioso. Each roadracing star was paired with a supermoto star for the 58 lap (the same number as Simoncelli’s race number) main event.
The pre-race hype surrounded “Valentino Rossi vs. Max Biaggi, one more time.” The main event was held on a wet track, and was won by Dovizioso and his teammate with Rossi’s and Biaggi’s finishing positions separated by several riders.
The focus of this article is not the race results. It is the risks famous racers take when they are out play riding or practicing. Most of the top roadracers have been injured while playing on their motocross bikes, for instance.
These guys ride hard, and take risks no matter what they are riding. The perfect illustration is the video below, which shows Rossi overtaking Italian motojournalist Federico Aliverti on a damp track at the “Sic Supermoto Day”. You can see Rossi gaining quickly on Aliverti (Rossi has the yellow number plate), but Aliverti nearly sideswipes Rossi as the multi-time World champion dives underneath him in a left hander. A close call, but no impact. As a side-note, in the video, Rossi perfectly demonstrates “looking through the corner”.
Interestingly, Andrea Dovizioso won this race shortly after being sidelined at a Ducati MotoGP test due to a neck injury. Although we are unaware of any serious injuries at the Simoncelli supermoto event, we understand several riders took spills.