Marco Simoncelli crash photo at MotoGP Sepang

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Tragedy: Simoncelli (centre) takes the first corner on his second lap moment before the fatal crash at the Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix.

Deadly: The rider (No 58) is seen sliding from his bike and colliding with two other riders in a horrifying crash.

Moment of horror: Simoncelli loses control on the secon.

Disaster: Simoncelli fatally falls off of his Honda after colliding into Colin Edwards.

Fall: Edwards spins off the track along with Simoncelli's bike as the 24-year-old Italian devastatingly lies motionless.

Race marshalls attend to Honda rider Simoncelli (C) following his fatal crash just four minutes after the start of the Malaysian MotoGP race.

Devastated: Colin Edwards of the US who was involved in the crash stands at the side of the track after the fatal crash.

Devastation: Simonelli's mother Rossella is comforted outside the medical center after her son's fatal crash

Agony: Marco Simoncelli's father is comforted as he waits outside a medical centre where the rider was taken following a crash at the Malaysian Grand Prix.

Crew members of the Honda team of Marco Simoncelli of Italy console each other as they gather outside a medical centre where the rider was taken following a crash at the Malaysian Grand Prix.

Empty: Simoncelli's girlfriend Kate walks through an empty Honda garage after the shocking accident.

Grief: Simonelli's spare motorcycle sites in an empty garage after the race was abandoned one lap in after his sudden death.


1987: Born in Cattolica, Italy on January 20.

1996: Runner-up in the Italian Minimoto Championship.

1999: Champion of the Italian Minimoto Championship.

2000: Claims a back-to-back title in the Italian Minimoto Championship and is runner-up in the European Minimoto Championship.

2001: Moves up to the the Italian 125cc Championship and wins the title in his rookie year.

2002: Wins the European 125cc title.

2003: Takes part in his first full season in the 125cc World Championship with the Matteoni Racing team.

2004: Joins the Rauch Bravo team and wins his first Grand Prix at a rain-soaked Jerez.

2005: Completes another 125cc campaign with the Race team and finishes fifth in the final standings.

2006: Moves up to the 250cc class riding for Gilera. Finishes the season in 10th overall with a sixth place finish at the Chinese Grand Prix his best result.

2008: June - Wins his first 250cc race (pictured above and below) at the Italian GP in Mugello in controversial circumstances when Hector Barbera crashed into him after Simoncelli appeared to try to block him off.

October - Wins the 250cc World Championship after a successful season with Gilera with a third place finish in the Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang.

2009: Finishes third overall in the 250cc World Championship behind Japan's Hiroshi Aoyama and Spain's Barbera.

2010: Moves up to ride in his debut MotoGP season for Honda. Finishes 16 of the 18 races en route to eighth place in the championship.

2011: May - Collides with Dani Pedrosa while battling for second in the French GP.
The resulting crash saw Pedrosa break his collarbone and Simoncelli receive a ride-through penalty, eventually finishing fifth. Simoncelli accepted he needed to re-evaluate his driving style and at times be more cautious.

June - Claims his first MotoGP pole at the Catalan GP but a poor start resulted in a sixth placed finish.

October 23 - Killed in a crash during the Malaysian GP in Sepang.

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