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MotoGP to honour Marco Simoncelli at Sepang

16 October 2012

A plaque in memory of MotoGP star Marco Simoncelli is to be unveiled at the Sepang circuit in Malaysia on Thursday.

The former 250cc world champion died due to injuries sustained on the second lap of last year's Sepang race, held on October 23.

The tragedy began when the 24-year-old lost control of his motorcycle through the right-hand turn 11.

Instead of sliding off the circuit, Simoncelli's bike pulled the fallen Italian back across the track and into the path of Colin Edwards and Valentino Rossi.

The race was immediately stopped and subsequently cancelled.

Sepang International Circuit CEO Razlan Razali told AFP that MotoGP riders and team officials would gather at turn 11 on Thursday, where a plaque will be installed in Simoncelli's memory.

Razlan also said that a new 'Marco Simoncelli rookie of the year' trophy would be unveiled on Saturday. The trophy will be awarded to the season's top MotoGP rookie at the Valencia finale.

Gresini Honda star Simoncelli, racing in his second MotoGP season, had taken his best ever MotoGP finish of second place just one week before his tragic accident.

The much-missed 'Super Sic' had clinched the 2008 250cc World Championship title at Sepang.


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