Motorsport Wrap for Monday 24th October 2011

TRAGEDY AT MALAYSIAN GRAND PRIX


The MotoGP world is in mourning following the death of Italian Honda rider Marco Simoncelli in a horror crash during the Malaysian Moto GP.

The MotoGP world is in mourning following the death of Italian Honda rider Marco Simoncelli in a horror crash during the Malaysian Moto GP.


The race was halted four minutes after it began when Simoncelli fell at turn 11 and was hit by Colin Edwards and Valentino Rossi.


As Simoncelli tried to arrest the fall, his bike veered across the track and straight into the path of Edwards and Rossi.


The race was immediately red-flagged and the Italian was pronounced dead a short time later.
"Today we are left devastated. Our thoughts and prayers are with Marco’s family at this terrible, terrible time, and with his team,” said Taka Horio, General Manager of the Bridgestone Motorsport Department.


“Words can do no justice to the emotion we are all feeling. The MotoGP family has lost one of its bright stars, a genuine character whose larger-than-life persona, charisma and unstoppable spirit were infectious, and we’ve all lost a great friend.


“We worked closely with Marco for his first two years in MotoGP and it was clear that he was a true racer, something he proved again and again this season.

Determined to the end, and a great showman. His ascent through the field in just two seasons has been fantastic to watch, testament to his raw talent, ability and dedication to the sport he so loved. We remember fondly the tenacity and spirit with which he raced, and he will be sorely, sorely missed."