Marco Simoncelli’s death today at the Malaysia GP has caused the entire racing community to reflect on the dangers of the sport and to mourn the loss of a blossoming racing talent.
Within the last few hours, teams, racers, organizations, fans, and magazines have released statements regarding Marco Simoncelli’s death.
Ducati writes: “Ducati, its team and its riders are deeply affected by the tragedy that struck the MotoGP world today, and they gather around the family, friends and team of Marco Simoncelli, who lost his life in a terrible accident during the Malaysian Grand Prix. We will always remember Marco for his smile, his enthusiasm, his big heart and for the incredible emotions he allowed us to experience in recent years. He was one of us.”
Yamaha writes: “Yamaha wish to convey the deepest heartfelt condolences and sympathies to the family, friends and colleagues of Marco Simoncelli following the tragic accident today at the Grand Prix of Malaysia. Marco was a worthy competitor and rising star of MotoGP who will be deeply missed by all.”
The Monster Yamaha Tech 3 team, writes: The Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team and Tech 3 Racing Moto2 team extends its deepest condolences to the family, friends, and colleagues of Marco Simoncelli, who succumbed to injuries he received in this afternoon’s Malaysian Grand Prix. Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider Colin Edwards was involved in the second lap incident and he suffered a dislocated left shoulder. The American has left the Sepang International Circuit to begin his recovery at home in America and his thoughts and prayers are with Simoncelli and the Gresini Honda family. RIP Super Sic - A much-loved star on and off the track.
The World Superbike series writes: Like the rest of the motorbike racing community, World Superbike is mourning the death of Marco Simoncelli, who lost his life this morning in a tragic incident at Sepang during the opening laps of the MotoGP race. We wish to express our most sincere condolences to the family and friends of the 24 year-old Italian, as well as Team Gresini, in this particularly sad moment.
Rizla Suzuki writes: “Today’s Malaysian Grand Prix was cancelled after Marco Simoncelli succumbed to fatal injuries he received during the second lap of today’s race. All at Rizla Suzuki are deeply affected by today’s tragic events and send their deepest condolences to Marco’s family and friends during this time of great loss. R.I.P Marco Simoncelli, 20 January 1987 – 23 October 2011 – A true competitor.
Shuhei Nakamoto, HRC Executive Vice President, said: “I just don’t know what to say; words escape me. Marco was a very nice guy and a very talented rider. Sometimes I was a little harsh with him, for example after his first MotoGP podium in Brno when I told him, ‘Lucky podium!’ and he was so angry, but I wanted to motivate him as I knew he was able to do even more. I was thinking that when he won his first race we would have been able to celebrate together. Now I just want to say thank you to Marco, for what you gave me, and pass my sincere condolences to his family at this very sad time.”
Repsol Honda rider Dani Pedrosa said: “In a tragedy like this there is not much to say. I just want to give my condolences to his family and all the people who love him. I’ve been with his father and all we could do was to hug, nothing else matters. It was a fatal accident and everybody in the paddock remains in shock. Many times we ourselves forget how dangerous this sport can be and when you lose people on the way nothing has any meaning. It’s clear that we all do what we like, what we love, but on days like today nothing matters.”
Repsol Honda rider Andrea Dovizioso said: “In these circumstances, words don’t seem to be appropriate. I think of Marco’s family and all the people dear to him, in particular his father and mother. I also have a child and what happened today is the hardest situation you can imagine. I watched the images and I’m shocked. In a race you fight and push hard and disaster is often around the corner. Marco was a strong rider and he always pushed hard. We raced together since we were kids. I saw him always pushing to the maximum, he crashed many times, but without major injuries, he was seemed invincible. What happened today seems impossible.”
Repsol Honda rider Casey Stoner said: “I’m so shocked and saddened by the loss of Marco. When things like this happen it reminds you how precious life is, it makes me feel sick inside. All I can say is how sorry I am for Marco’s whole family I can’t imagine what they are all going through and our thoughts and wishes are with them at this time. I hope they all stay close and pull through this tragedy together.”
The MotoGP is also currently collecting fan tributes here.
Roland.Denholm: A very sad day, heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of an always coloutful and passionate competitor. MotoGp has lost a part of their soul. and am very sorry to hear the news. Best to all the MotoGp teams.
There have been many tributes to Marco Simoncelli released in the hours since his death, and there will be many more to come.
From us at All About Bikes, we’d like to extend our condolences to Marco Simoncelli’s family and friends. Marco was a personality, a competitor, and will leave a void on the MotoGP grid that will be hard to fill.
Marco was always fun to watch and his talent was growing every day. Super Sic was at the beginning of a limitless career. RIP Marco.