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Old 10-23-2011, 01:48 AM
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Malaysian MotoGP canceled

Horrible crash involving Simoncelli and Edwards in lap 2. Edwards is okay, with a shoulder injury, but Simoncelli is a question mark. Race was red flagged, then canceled.

The MotoGP website has now announced that Marco Simoncelli has succumbed to his injuries. RIP

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Old 10-23-2011, 03:52 AM
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we are sad that another gp rider takes his last ride rip marco
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A sad loss indeed. Simoncelli seemed to be finding his legs this year on the competitive side of the very best racers in the world. I enjoyed watching his efforts start to pay off and as always his massive personality on and off the track. He will be missed by all.
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Old 10-23-2011, 07:36 AM
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Very very sad...last week Dan Wheldon and now this...terrible tragedies
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Old 10-23-2011, 07:47 AM
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well that bites! Last year i witnessed the death of peter lentz at the Indianapolis Moto GP and it is undoubtedly something that remains with you. Thankfully, in these modern times racing has become relatively safer, the exception being the IOM.

marco was doing what he loved with a passion that was obvious to anyone who watched him race. If we're honest about it, anyone of us can suffer the same demise anytime we throw a leg over. That's the risk we're willing to take to do something we love no matter how we rationalize that possibility away. The options are stay safe and die of cancer, heart attack, car wreck or overeating. **** that.

race enthusiasts who have seen this wild man on the track will miss seeing his passionate and courageous passes, but be thankful that he was able to experience doing what he loved a decade longer than peter lenz.

we're with ya marco and peter!
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Old 10-23-2011, 09:13 AM
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Old 10-23-2011, 09:16 AM
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big loss. big loss of talent - even as huge as he was physically compared to most other top riders he was able to be competitive - just a matter of time and maturity to championship. Equally terrible has to be for Rossi - having been one of the unavoidables to crash right into his best friend. what a tragic feeling, though nothing he could have done anythign about.

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Old 10-23-2011, 09:41 AM
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My wife and I were watching the race at 1am. Simoncelli lost the front end but hung onto his bike trying to save it. Then as Ben Spies said in the announcers both, his front tire got traction, and he rocketed across the track with the bike laid down, right into the path of Edwards and Rossi. Edwards hit him straight on, unavoidable, with his bike landing on top of Marco. Rossi avoided going down and rode it out.

As Rossi continued down the track, the camera followed him, and he looked back, then crossed himself. At that point we knew it was very bad. Then the helicopter did a very quick wide shot straight down at the track, showing Marco's limp form in the middle of the track. It was horrible to watch. Edwards was just sitting on the grass infield, where he landed, staring out at the track.

After the red flag, everyone went back to the pits and waited. Then after about 20 minutes or so (it was a live feed) they announced that the race had been canceled, and Speed went to another program. Marco's fate was still unannounced at that time.

I too was a fan of Simoncelli, for his crazy character and his huge riding skills.
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Old 10-23-2011, 04:43 PM
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Marco was one of my favorite riders, and at just 2 years older than i am, he was someone I looked up to and aspired to be like.

I was fortunate to get to see him race at the Indy GP a few months ago. His Honda was so raspy it sounded on the verge of a 2 stroke

I hope this does not slow Rossi and Edwards down. It was a horrible thing to happen for everyone involved and I hope they will be able to get through it.

RIP Marco.
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Old 10-23-2011, 04:53 PM
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Originally Posted by Truckinduc View Post
I was fortunate to get to see him race at the Indy GP a few months ago. His Honda was so raspy it sounded on the verge of a 2 stroke
first thing i though of when i heard the news was seeing him riding on a golf cart past us through the infield at indy. every went nuts.
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Old 10-23-2011, 05:13 PM
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RIP Marco... He was a talent, that's for sure, and I would have loved to see him a few years on with some more experience under his belt...

And my heart goes out to Edwards, who will undoubtedly blame himself, even if it was nothing he could have done...
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Old 10-23-2011, 05:30 PM
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RIP Marco.....Not a whole lot of words that can be said. He was always fun to watch. Tweety you are right. This one will be hard for Colin to get over and past.
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Old 10-23-2011, 05:31 PM
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Old 10-23-2011, 05:53 PM
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Originally Posted by Tweety View Post
RIP Marco... He was a talent, that's for sure, and I would have loved to see him a few years on with some more experience under his belt...

And my heart goes out to Edwards, who will undoubtedly blame himself, even if it was nothing he could have done...
Having seen it twice, live and a few minutes later on replay, there was absolutely nothing Edwards could have done. Spies said they're going about 140kph (90mph) at that point on the track, and Marco came from the far outside of the turn. Colin's eyes would have been looking through the turn, and he wouldn't have seen Marco until an instant before impact.

I might add that I have no desire to see it again.
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Old 10-23-2011, 10:24 PM
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Very sad for racers and riders everywhere. I too was watching with my wife and I am sure it kinda woke her up to what I risk in the 11yrs of racing since we met. Like nath says, it is absolutely part of the game for all of us. Lost a brother that way but none of us gets outa here alive. He was doing with passion what he loved. God bless his family.
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Old 10-24-2011, 12:24 AM
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Terribly sad. It looks to me like Rossi's bike hit Simoncelli square in the head.
Both Edwards and Rossi tried to avoid contact, but they had no time and no room to do so.
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Old 10-24-2011, 02:50 AM
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Well, I havent seen any replays or slow motions... I saw it once, and that was quite enough... I'm pretty sure both of them will be shaken up about it...

The thing is, all of us accept that we take a risk every time we ride, double so for those us that go on a track and actually race, regardless of class/level... But the concept that you could at some point play a part in somebody elses injury or death is a whole other thing than accepting the risk to yourself...
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Wow...really sad to hear. prayers to his family and friends.
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Old 10-24-2011, 07:33 AM
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Originally Posted by RK1 View Post
Rossi as well. It's hard to tell from the rear shot vids, but from the side still shots it looks like Colin hit Marco's bike and left leg. As killer5280 points out, it's Valle's bike which hit his head and torso.
That explains Rossi crossing himself as he rode on. He knew. I can't imagine how someone would deal with that. It's just so tragic, for the Simoncelli's and Rossi and Edwards.
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Well not that I want to really see this anymore but as it is being discussed.....well this is what happened.....

Malaysian MotoGP canceled-article-0-0e7ec8ac00000578-723_634x419.jpg

Though it did also look like Hayden might have clipped in the head with his back tire before this happened also....

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Originally Posted by Tweety View Post
The thing is, all of us accept that we take a risk every time we ride, double so for those us that go on a track and actually race, regardless of class/level... But the concept that you could at some point play a part in somebody elses injury or death is a whole other thing than accepting the risk to yourself...
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Marco left this world, on his own terms. Enjoying/competing for a fourth place run, on his chosen adrenaline joy.

I will miss watching his skill, and competitive,humorous character..
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Such a tragedy. My first thought, before seeing the footage was that he was probably overly aggressive and caused the accident. But this was not the case. He was finally gaining some maturity. He was an exceptionally talented and fearless rider.

It was a racing incident. He must have been able to get a load on the front tire, trying to save it, but the back kept coming around.

Condolences to his family, his loved ones, Valentino and Colin and the rest of the racers. Very sad day...
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Soichiro should have said "You can fail 100 times, as long as you don't have Edwards and Rossi behind you." What, too soon?
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RIP. I know I'll miss his mug and personality.

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What, too soon?

Yes.
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RIP Marco...
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Originally Posted by 8541Hawk View Post
Well not that I want to really see this anymore but as it is being discussed.....well this is what happened.....

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Thats the first time I saw it from that angle. The irony is unbelievable. Can you imagine what Rossi is gonna feel when he sees that pic? You couldn't write a tragedy like that if you tried. It's so true what they say that truth is stranger than fiction.

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Tomorrow in Valencia, a tribute will be paid to Marco Simoncelli. Riders from all 3 catagories, MotoGP, Moto2, and 125, are invited to participate.

The riders will exit Pit Lane as a group, lead by Kevin Schwantz, who will be riding Marco's San Carlo Honda Gresini RC212V. They will do one lap, stopping just short of the finish line. Members of Marco's family, the Gresini crew and officials from MotoGP will gather on the other side of the finish line.
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