MotoGP » Emotional scenes as HRC hands over Simoncelli’s bike

Shuhei Nakamoto presents the Simoncelli family with Marco's RC212V.

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July 14, 2012 1:28 PM
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I don't want to sound rude, insensitive or disrespectful, but as I've seen posted here before, why is everyone still so hung up on SuperSic's death? It's not a small deal, but we've also lost at least two other riders in the last two years (Tomizawa, young Lenz), but they just weren't as high profile, so we sweep it under the rug. I can also guarantee they weren't known for being half as dangerous on track, something no one dares to mention these days.

58 - Unregistered

July 14, 2012 1:42 PM

@Bradenews - Its simple, Simoncelli had charisma and personality. He connected with fans far more than most riders. In Silverstone last year there were banners for him everywhere.

The Japanese riders were amazing riders, but quiet by nature and Lenz wasn't known outside america so what do you expect? How do you miss someone you never knew about?

'Dangerous riding' to one person is a 'never give up attitude' or 'win or bin' attitude to another. Look at the Marquez criticism now.

Motogp would have been so much more exciting this year if marco was there.

Rich1 - Unregistered

July 14, 2012 2:19 PM

A class act move from Honda. I remember when I was at Laguna Seca in 1989 when Bubba Shobert and Kevin Magee came together on the cool down lap (which ended Bubba short GP career) that Honda picked up the tab for all of Bubba's medical expenses.

360driver - Unregistered

July 14, 2012 2:29 PM

Marco bought excitement to races and will always be missed
He wasn't dangerous he was just a passionate racer...
A bit of a maverick u could say but that's wot people love - on the edge racing!
A big character with a big heart and never forgotten #58

Dr Who - Unregistered

July 14, 2012 3:01 PM

People who are slamming Simoncelli for being a danger haven't seen races from years ago.
You race to win and that's where you are paid for.
Although you have to be cautious, but Simoncelli brought what MotoGP needed with play it safe winners who would clear off in the distance until the checkered flag falls.
We want to see passion, action and overtaking Simoncelli had the charisma that was need to follow in Rossi's footsteps.
MotoGP needed Simoncelli to make MotoGP bigger.
With a Ducati that isn't competitive, Stoner leaving the championship the biggest character has left us last year.
And ppl who are saying how you can miss Simoncelli whilst we lost other riders Tomizawa and Katoh didn't like the media attention and were a bit shy.
And I still miss them too, but they weren't as charismatic as Simoncelli was. But it doesn't mean we have forgotten them.


July 14, 2012 3:42 PM

One just has to wonder how good Marco would have been on this years bike...I truely think he could have adapted to the 1000cc bike faster then anyone else.
The series is missing its brightest up and coming Star.

CRT - Unregistered

July 14, 2012 4:00 PM

I guess all Marc Marquez has to do is insult women and call itallian riders pussies and he will be embraced by the media?

You are correct it's a double standard.

As tragic of a loss it was for Marco to be taken from us, it does not condone his past transgressions. He was an amazing rider with talent by the truck load, but to say he was not wreck less in his riding is an absolute joke.

I too would have loved to see how he would have faired on the 1000's. Race winner? For sure.


July 14, 2012 5:28 PM


i think the answer is (he was a gp rider)

how many still mourn the loss of Craig Jones, Ben Gautrey.....

support racers aren't in the limelight as much as gp racers. they aren't as high profile.

some here will still be sad about jonesey and ben, but those who don't watch bsb, and wsbk may not even know who they are, just like people who only watch gp may not know tomizawa and lenz.

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