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Tributes paid to Marco Simoncelli

"Devastated to hear of the death of Marco Simoncelli, one of the best of our generation. Thoughts go out to his family. RIP Marco."

Marco Melandri:
"Have a safe trip Sic. Words can not explain the suffering."

Chaz Davies:
"RIP Marco. Our sport has lost a great rider and all round great guy. My thoughts are with his family.

"I was fortunate enough to be team mate to Marco in 2002. He was a genuinely fun guy and taught me my first unrepeatable Italian!"

Wayne Gardner:
"Stunned. Devastated. Huge huge loss for MotoGP and the world."

Carl Fogarty:
"Devastated to hear that Marco Simoncelli has died... the guy was a breath of fresh air in MotoGP.. Can't believe it."

Tommy Hill:
"So so sad! Absolutely terrible and heart breaking when this happens in our sport! All my regards to MS family and close friends :("

Juan Pablo Montoya:
"RIP Marco Simoncelli. he was such a nice guy. My thoughts and prayers to his family and all his friends."

Ben Bostrom:
"Quality vs Quantity in life. We could all learn a lesson here. Live w/the passion Simo raced. Never know when your # is pulled. Ciao Sic"

Taka Horio - General Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport Department:
“Today we are left devastated. Our thoughts and prayers are with Marco's family at this terrible, terrible time, and with his team. Words can do no justice to the emotion we are all feeling. The MotoGP family has lost one of its bright stars, a genuine character whose larger-than-life persona, charisma and unstoppable spirit were infectious, and we've all lost a great friend.

"We worked closely with Marco for his first two years in MotoGP and it was clear that he was a true racer, something he proved again and again this season. Determined to the end, and a great showman. His ascent through the field in just two seasons has been fantastic to watch, testament to his raw talent, ability and dedication to the sport he so loved. We remember fondly the tenacity and spirit with which he raced, and he will be sorely, sorely missed.”

Shuhei Nakamoto - HRC Executive Vice President:
"I just don't know what to say, words escape me. Marco was a very nice guy and a very talented rider. Sometimes I was a little harsh with him, for example after his first MotoGP podium in Brno when I told him: "Lucky podium!" and he was so angry... but I wanted to motivate him as I knew he was able to do even more. I was thinking that when he won his first race we would have been able to celebrate together... Now I just want to say thank you to Marco, for what you gave me and pass my sincere condolences to his family and this very sad time".

Monster Yamaha Tech 3:
"The Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team and Tech 3 Racing Moto2 team extends its deepest condolences to the family, friends, and colleagues of Marco Simoncelli, who succumbed to injuries he received in this afternoon's Malaysian Grand Prix.

"Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider Colin Edwards was involved in the second lap incident and he suffered a dislocated left shoulder. The American has left the Sepang International Circuit to begin his recovery at home in America and his thoughts and prayers are with Simoncelli and the Gresini Honda family.

"RIP Super Sic - A much-loved star on and off the track."

Jorge Martinez 'Aspar':
"What has happened today is immensely sad. It should be said that every Friday before a Grand Prix, the Safety Commission convenes at 5pm with all the MotoGP riders to evaluate safety issues at all Grand Prix circuits.





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Bradenws

October 23, 2011 12:36 PM

Seeing Colin Edwards staring helplessly at Simo's body from the grass, and Rossi and Capi trying to reassure/comfort each other in the pits have to be two of the saddest yet most touching things I have ever seen.

mcarrogant

October 23, 2011 1:07 PM

Thank you crash for removing those disgusting comments. I HOPED THAT AT A TIME LIKE THIS FOR MAYBE A SHORT TIME AT LEAST MOTORSPORT FANS COULD BE CIVIL AND GET ON AND NOT ARGUE OR SAY ABSURD THINGS. IT APPEARS MY HOPES FAILED AND A FEW WARPED PEOPLE HAVE NO REALISATION OF WHAT SIMONCELLI'S FAMILY, FRIENDS AND FANS ARE GOING THROUGH! BEFORE WRITING AN ABSURED COMMENT JUST YOU THINK! HOW WOULD YOU FEEL IF A CHILD, PARENT, RELATIVE OR FRIEND OF YOURS HAD PASSED AWAY AND PEOPLE INSTEAD OF SPREADING CONDOLENCES ACTUALLY SPOKE DOWN AND WHERE DAMN RIGHT OUT OF ORDER! HOW WOULD YOU FEEL! THINK BEFORE YOU SAY PEOPLE WE ARE SUPPOSED TO BE A BIG FAMILY OF MOTORSPORT FANS WE ARE SUPPOSED TO ADMIRE ALL THE RIDERS WHO PUT THERE LIFES ON THE LINE SO WE HAVE SOMETHING TO SIT INFRONT OF THE TV AND WATCH! RIP MARCO SIMONCELLI! YOU ARE GRAVELY MISSED A HUGE LOSS TO MOTOGP AND A TRUE GREAT WE MISS YOU CIAO MARCO!



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