Marco Simoncelli passes away in a freak accident

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One of the most promising riders of MotoGP, and a vibrant, lively personality, Marco Simoncelli passed away in a freak accident this weekend at the Malaysian Gran Prix. The Afro haired MotoGP rider who lowsided in the second lap slid and came straight in the way of Colin Edwards and Valentino Rossi. Unfortunately, Marco’s helmet came off during the incident and he succumbed to serious injuries on his head, neck and chest. Our heart is with Marco’s family.  We also feel for Colin Edward and Valentino Rossi, who must be shattered being inadvertently involved in a fatal accident, having lost a fellow rider in the process.

Marco was an extremely promising young rider from Italy, and had begun his highest level MotoGP stint only a year ago.  Before being selected as a rider for the Gresini Honda team, Marco has created a name for hiself by winning the European championship, several World Championship races, and taking the 250cc World Championship for Gilera in 2008.

Marco’s death marks an end to the casualty-free period of MotGP since Daijiro Kato, again of Gresini team lost his life during the Japanese Grand Prix. Here’s a detailed chart of Marco’s achievements, followed by the video of the dreadful accident.

May Marco’s soul rest in peace.

Season     Class     Moto     Races     Wins     Podiums     Poles     FLaps     Pts     Position
2002     125cc     Aprilia     6     0     0     0     0     3     33rd
2003     125cc     Aprilia     15     0     0     0     0     31     21st
2004     125cc     Aprilia     13     1     1     2     0     79     11th
2005     125cc     Aprilia     16     1     6     1     1     177     5th
2006     250cc     Gilera     16     0     0     0     0     92     10th
2007     250cc     Gilera     17     0     0     0     0     97     10th
2008     250cc     Gilera     16     6     12     7     4     281     1st
2009     250cc     Gilera     15     6     10     3     4     231     3rd
2010     MotoGP     Honda     18     0     0     0     0     125     8th
2011     MotoGP     Honda     16     0     2     2     0     139     6th*
Total             148     14     31     15     9     1255

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