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Career profile: Marco Simoncelli

“Marco Simoncelli was a passionate rider bubbling over with a challenging spirit and blessed with a cheerful personality" - Takanobu Ito, President and CEO of Honda.
MotoGP star Marco Simoncelli was laid to rest in his hometown of Coriano, in Rimini, Italy on Thursday, after losing his life on lap two of last Sunday's Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang.

Fast, fearless and unforgiving on the racetrack, Simoncelli was a racer in the purest sense of the word. Rock-star hair and a smiling 'gentle-giant' personality completed the image of a timeless motorsport maverick.

His manager Carlo Pernat described Simoncelli as "a rider from a bygone era" and the 24-year-old sadly joins many of those from an earlier time who paid the ultimate price for pursuing their motorsport dreams.

One glance at Simoncelli indicated he didn't live an ordinary life and the exciting Italian made a close connection with fans around the world, defying those who believe popularity is directly proportional to results.

Simoncelli was yet to win in MotoGP, but looked set to one-day inherit close friend Valentino Rossi's role as the sport's most recognisable and perhaps most popular character, especially as his developing English improved.

On track, Simoncelli's heart-on-a-sleeve riding style often grated with the clinical precision and tactical approach rewarded by the easy-to-upset 800cc bikes.

Simoncelli preferred to attack each corner like he was trying to go faster than ever before and battled furiously for every position. Nothing was given away and every chance taken. It was a warrior mentality that those who dream of racing motorcycles like to believe they would possess.

The downside was too many accidents and Simoncelli had numerous run-ins with Race Direction, most recently after his controversial clash with Dani Pedrosa at Le Mans in May.

Widely criticised by some fellow riders in the aftermath, Simoncelli and his supporters felt he was being singled-out for past misdemeanours. The majority of fans appeared to agree, with a Crash.net poll showing 67% believed Simoncelli's ride-through penalty, which robbed him of a first podium, had been unfair.



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RidgeRacer - Unregistered

October 27, 2011 4:12 PM

I can just picture him bullying his RC212V up there in the clouds, tearing up the track just like he always did. Having a good laugh with the rest of the greats up there in the great yonder. Beautifully written crash.net RIP #58 Never forgotten

Don-R

October 27, 2011 5:01 PM
Last Edited 1864 days ago

As a postscript to this story, the Italian Motorcycling Federation has now lodged a request with Dorna and the FIM that the number #58 be officially retired, so that it'll never again be seen on the front of a MotoGP bike in competition. I'm sure it'll be granted.



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