The character that was Marco Simoncelli is still rarely out of the news as his fans, family and friends continue to keep his memory alive through a whole host of events for their charity foundation, here is a round up of Supersic happenings since the end of the season.
The 8th of December saw the opening of the Marco Simoncelli monument and museum in hometown of Coriano, Italy, with a huge attendance considering there was a snowstorm. The museum gives a detailed history of Simoncelli and is a permanent reminder of his desire to race containing his bikes, leathers and a photographic history of his time on two wheels.
During the final race of the 2012 season at Valencia Alvaro Bautista’s Gresini Honda fairing had a special livery containing messages from fans sent to San Carlo who ran a ‘Super Message Sic’ text message promotion with each SMS donating two Euros to the Marco Simoncelli Foundation to help with their project to build a centre for disabled children in Coriano. One half of the fairing now resides in the museum while the other half was auctioned on ebay.it, with the entire winning bid of EUR 2,520.00 going to the foundation too.
The opening days of December saw Simoncelli’s rider friends salute his memory in the most suitable manner- by fighting it out to the line during Sic Supermoto day – the two day event raising over 90,000 euros for the Simoncelli Foundation and had over 5,000 people attend.
The 58 lap endurance race was won by Simoncelli’s biggest rival Andrea Dovizioso and his partner Mauno Hermunen, second across the line by just half a second was the pairing of Wintanley and Iddon and eternal crowd favourite Valentino Rossi and his partner Theirry Van Den Bosch were third.
Marco’s father Paolo handed out the trophies during an emotional podium celebration.
AGV have also announced a new Simoncelli tribute GP Tech helmet now available in the USA direct from agv.com at http://store.agv.com/p/gp-tech-replica-marco-simoncelli.
Notable differences from the previous version include his number 58, the Dainese and San Carlo logos and the addition of a small heart in the Japanese flag that Simoncelli added to his own helmet to commemorate the Japanese earthquake and tsunami.
While the helmet retails at around 749 Euros/$680 a more affordable scooter helmet has also been made available for around 149 Euros.
Finally and more unusually a prepaid Mastercard has also been created to help raise money for the Marco Simoncelli Foundation.
Accompanied by the message “thanks for your visit,every time you use your Sic card you give support to projects that the foundation carries to help the most vulnerable in the name and in memory of Marco -Paolo and Rossella Simoncelli” so endorsed by his family, the card, available at www.siccard.it allows users to make a small donation to the foundations charity work while benefiting from the safety of a prepay card and additional discounts available to holders, it is usable worldwide and on the internet.
For more information on the Marco Simoncelli Foundation and their work visit: