MotoGP star Marco Simoncelli, who tragically lost his life in last October's Malaysian Grand Prix, would have been 25-years-old today, January 20.

The Italian, who made his grand prix debut in the 125cc class in 2002, won 14 races in the 125/250cc class and was crowned 250cc world champion for Gilera in 2008.

Eighth overall during his rookie 2010 MotoGP season for Honda Gresini, Simoncelli marked himself out as a frontrunner in terms of raw speed during winter testing for the 2011 season.

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Accidents, incidents and controversy marred the early part of last year, before 'Super Sic' finally claimed his first MotoGP podium at Brno. He then claimed a career best second place at Phillip Island in Australia, just one week before his death.

Simoncelli had already re-signed to be a factory Honda rider with Gresini, during the first year of 1000cc racing, in 2012.

More information about a special foundation in Simoncelli's memory can be found at

Ciao Marco.