In a touching tribute, lead by Marco Simoncelli’s then team Gresini, Thursday saw the whole MotoGP paddock out in solidarity to remember the late ‘SuperSic’ who tragically lost his life at turn 11 at the Sepang circuit at last years race. That turn now bears a plaque in memory of Simoncelli, as pictured above, Fausto Gresini attaching the plaque in his honour to applause followed by a two minute silence.
Former colleague and friend Valentino Rossi, who along with Colin Edwards were diectly involved in the accident and powerless to halt the tragic events of that day paid his personal respects adding :
“I miss Marco a lot, especially now that we are in Malaysia for the race. Here you realize that a year has gone by and it’s even worse. It’s a very hard feeling for me, but its worse especially for his family, his friends who could meet him every day in Coriano, everyone misses him so much. I miss the way he was, he’s was so pure, Sic was a real person and he was so much fun to be with. ”
MotoGP.com have also kindly put the footage on their site free and available to all:
A touching tribute to a rider who in his second MotoGP season had ridden out the controversy often caused by his tough riding style and had reigned in that style enough to start reaching the podium and taste success while remaining an exciting prospect for the future.
In previous appearances at Sepang Simoncelli had been successful, twice appearing on the podium and winning his 2008 250cc World Championship at the circuit.
RIP SuperSic #58.