Marco Simoncelli

Marco Simoncelli the was the most exciting thing to happen to motorcycle racing since Valentino Rossi and eventual successor to his crown.

That sums up the guy, fearless on the track never intimidated by the reputation of others a born competitor and a born winner.

Yet here we are talking about the demise of a wonderful person and a talent lost to a sport that will be all the poorer for his absence.

It has taken me until today to really put these feelings and thoughts together my personal recollections about Marco Simoncelli.

I had the honour to meet Marco in the pit lane of Silverstone while on my way to talk to another MotoGP hero Nicky Hayden, and although my meeting was quick and fleeting you could not miss the aura the surrounded the man.

As he headed to his trailer followed by a crowd of ‘afro’ wig wearing fans it struck me as to how connected to his fans he was and the mutual appreciation between them..

His last moments of life were lap and a half of pure competitive racing, jousting with Alvaro Bautista, with skill panache, giving no quarter. Riding at the edge, the way he always did, relishing his one sporting passion that of adrenalin filled motorcycle racing.

Then that fateful tragedy on turn eleven when Marco lost control of his bike veering across and into Colin Edwards and Valentino Rossi with the resulting collision ending the life of the Italian.

Long time friend and mentor Valentino Rossi could not bring himself to talk to the media, he later took to his Twitter account and simply said: “Sic for me was like a youngest brother. So strong on track and so sweet in the normal life. I will miss him a lot.”

Marco Simoncelli will return home to Coriano, were the funeral will take place Thursday, October 27 at 3:00pm in the church of Santa Maria di Coriano. The Italian will be buried in the cemetery of this town, near Riccione, where he was born 24 short years ago.

‘God speed Super Sic 58’