Just received confirmation that Italian MotoGP rider, Marco Simoncelli, succumbed to injuries after the bad crash at the start of the Malaysian GP. Race has since been red flagged and cancelled. Here’s a look at the crash that took the life of this young rider.
His bike veered across the track and straight into the path of Colin Edwards and Valentino Rossi. The race was immediately red-flagged. Simoncelli lay stricken on the track after the crash, his helmet having come off during the incident. He was taken by ambulance to the circuit’s medical centre, but at 16:56 it was announced he had succumbed to his injuries. Simoncelli had been fourth at the end of lap one.
Within a span of a week, the Motorsports fraternity lost 2 great athletes. A week earlier, the Indy 500 champ, Dan Wheldon lost his life after his car hit another vehicle at breakneck speeds in the Las Vegas Indy 300. The father-of-two was catapulted helplessly into the air in a 225mph smash before landing on a barrier and suffering fatal head injuries.
Will these two accidents be a wake up call to both the Indycar teams and the MotoGP teams to look at what needs to be done to ensure that the drivers and riders respectively are more protected?