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The mourning of Marco Simoncelli is understandable and has not been excessive. There was naturally a big tribute to him at Valencia, the race after his death, and now there is one at his home GP. I expect we will have another tribute at Sepang this year for the first anniversary and that will be it.
Marco was different to Daijiro in that he was a real extrovert. That made him popular with the fans who could relate to his outward enthusiasm for racing and love of life. He was fun and he was entertaining... people tuned in to watch him and, whilst it may sound harsh on Kato, Marco was more widely known and loved by the fans. His loss has been felt greater than the loss of anyone else in modern motorcycle racing. That may sound harsh on DK, who had just as much potential. But DK, typically Japanese, was very introverted and private. Fans didn't relate to him in the same way.
It's odd nonetheless how their careers was so similar - 250cc champion, moved up to MotoGP with Gresi