Moto GP rider Marco Simoncelli dies in 2011 Malaysia Grand Prix
Monday, October 24, 2011
While veering across the track on the exit of turn 11, Simoncelli was hit by the bike ofand fell into the path of Edwards and . The other riders were powerless to avoid Simoncelli. Such was the force of the collision, Simoncelli's helmet was dislodged and bounced several metres. Fellow rider Casey Stoner said "Whenever the helmet comes off that's not a good sign."
Simoncelli lay without moving in the centre of the track, causing the race to be immediatelyfor safety reasons. When medics arrived, he was in and they fought to resuscitate him in the ambulance and medical centre. Simoncelli died from his injuries at 16:56 local time.
Known for his aggressive attacking style, Simoncelli had enjoyed a run of success in Moto GP despite his status as a relatively new rider on aand was predicted by many to be a rising star of the sport. His death is a blow to the Moto GP world.
The official Moto GP statement is as follows:
"On Sunday, 23 October, during the MotoGP race at the Sepang International Circuit, San Carlo Honda Gresini's Italian rider Marco Simoncelli suffered a serious accident wherein he sustained critical injuries.
"The race was stopped immediately with the red flag and Simoncelli was transported by ambulance to the circuit medical centre where the medical staff worked to resuscitate him."
The death is the first in Moto GP since Japan'sdied in his home race in 2003 and follows the death of Japanese rider in the 2010 inaugral season. Edwards also fell from his bike and sustained a dislocated shoulder, Rossi remained onboard.
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