Marco Simoncelli

Official MotoGP Press Release On Death Of Marco Simoncelli

Dorna issued the following press release, containing the details of the press conference held at Sepang after the death of Marco Simoncelli on lap 2 of the MotoGP race there. You can read the details and see the video of the press conference on the website as well:

Shell Advance Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix
Sun, 23 October 2011

The Shell Advance Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix was red flagged and subsequently cancelled on Sunday after Marco Simoncelli suffered a serious accident, crashing on the second lap of the MotoGP race at the Sepang International Circuit.

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Marco Simoncelli Killed In Crash At Sepang

Dorna has announced that Marco Simoncelli died as a result of injuries received in a crash during the MotoGP race at Sepang. On the second lap of the race, in dry conditions, Simoncelli's rear tire broke loose at Turn 11, then gripped, sending Simoncelli and his bike across the track into the path of another rider. Simoncelli was struck, losing his helmet in the impact, and the race was red-flagged. Simoncelli was transported to the medical center, but died from the injuries sustained in the crash at 16:56 local time.

Our thoughts go out to his family, his team, his fans and everyone in the MotoGP paddock.

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Sepang MotoGP Race Canceled After Horrific Crash Involving Marco Simoncelli

The MotoGP race at Sepang has been canceled, after a horrific crash on lap 2 saw Marco Simoncelli very seriously injured. Simoncelli lost the rear of his Honda RC212V at Turn 11, and he and his bike were struck by Colin Edwards as he followed the Italian. The blow was forceful enough that it knocked Simoncelli's helmet from his head. The race was immediately red-flagged, and Simoncelli was transported to the medical center.

Because of the ongoing treatment that Simoncelli was receiving at the medical center, the decision was taken to cancel the race. The official reason was that with the medical center concentrating on treating Simoncelli, there were not enough resources to continue the race safely.


It was later announced that at 4:56pm local time, Simoncelli had died from the injuries sustained in the crash. Our thoughts go out to his family, friends and team.

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2011 Sepang MotoGP Friday Round Up: Pedrosa's Poetry In Motion, Honda Domination, Ducati's Problems

The timesheets at the end of day one at Sepang are telling. This is a track at which the teams spent six days testing back in February prior to the start of the year, much as they have done every year, and so they have enough data on the track to fill every iPod Steve Jobs ever sold. They should know how to set up a bike to go around this track, despite everyone complaining of a lack of grip, as is often the case in the hot October weather.

With that variable removed, the timesheet is a pretty good reflection of the state of MotoGP: Four factory Hondas sit at its head, the three Repsols followed by San Carlo's Marco Simoncelli; Hiroshi Aoyama on the satellite Honda follows, with the first Yamaha in 6th position, Monster Tech 3 Yamaha's Colin Edwards happy on the setting they found during the pre-season tests. Alvaro Bautista is 7th, the Suzuki thriving in the Malaysian heat as it always has done, and Randy de Puniet on a satellite Ducati is in 8th. That, in a nutshell, is a pretty good summary of the 2011 MotoGP season.

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2011 Phillip Island MotoGP Sunday Post-Race Press Releases - Including A Pile Of Championship Pressers

Press releases from the MotoGP teams after Sunday's race at Phillip Island, including a pile of press releases from everyone involved in Stoner's riders championship and Honda's manufacturers' cham

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