Tributes have poured in for MotoGP rider Marco Simoncelli from across the motorsport community following his tragic death in an accident during the Malaysian Grand Prix.
The Gresini Honda rider, who only scored his best MotoGP result of second place at Phillip Island a week earlier, fell during the early stages of the Sepang race and was unavoidably collected by the following Colin Edwards and Valentino Rossi.
A devastatingly black week for motorsport, the Italian's death comes just a week after two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon was killed in competition at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
A number of motorsport stars have taken to social networking sites to express their condolences to the fallen rider:
Luca di Montezemolo
“I am very sad to hear of the death of Marco Simoncelli. 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. On behalf of everyone at Ferrari, I offer all our condolences to Marco's family for their loss.”
“It's hard to express in words the pain felt at the loss of such a cheery character like Marco Simoncelli. Events such as these and the equally tragic loss of Dan Wheldon a week ago in the Las Vegas Indy Car race, remind us how all those who take part in motor sport are always exposed to these risks. One must never drop one's guard, aware that there is nothing one can do against fate. Now, the thoughts of all of us men and women at Ferrari and those at the Mugello circuit go out to Marco's family and friends and his team. I am really close to Fausto Gresini, a dear friend who comes from my home town, Imola, who is going through a particularly fraught time right now.”
"R.I.P Marco A special talent that will be missed... Thinking of your loved ones, and all the motogp paddock... Mark."
"R.I.P Marco... Such an exciting talent lost. "My thoughts are with his family, friends and everyone involved in MotoGP. Motorsport can be so cruel..."
"RIP MarcoSimoncelli. My thoughts are with his family, friends and team at this extremely sad time. Another tragic loss at such an early age."
"It is terrible to hear the news about the death of another motorsports passionate. Through my side-trip into motor biking I know how popular Marco Simoncelli has been there. But in Biking as in other motor sports you cannot eliminate every risk, and then tragedies happen which should not happen. My thoughts are with his family and friends.“
"I can't believe motogp star Simoncelli has died in a crash, another great talent lost today."
"It was so so hard to hear the news this morning here in Brazil. The death of another great guy and great rider...RIP Simoncelli..."