MotoGP Race Direction issued the following statement after the death of Marco Simoncelli at Sepang:
2011 FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix
Shell Advance Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix 2011:
Declaration of the Race Direction
On Sunday 23rd October, during the MotoGP race at the Shell Advance Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix at the Sepang International Circuit, San Carlo Honda Gresini's Italian rider Marco Simoncelli suffered a serious accident in which he received 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.
Despite their efforts, Marco sadly succumbed to his injuries at 4.56pm local time.
Everybody involved in MotoGP extends their deepest condolences to Marco's family, friends and team at this tragic loss.