Courtesy of LA Times
Yesterday, MotoGP racer Marco Simoncelli , succumbed to injuries sustained in a lap 2 accident in the Malaysian Grand Prix. Despite efforts by the on site medical staff to save him, the rider was pronounced dead, less than one hour after the crash. Simoncelli lost control of his bike, and was subsequently hit by 2 riders who followed behind him on the track. In the crash, American rider Colin Edwards was also injured, separating a shoulder, but remains in stable condition. The other rider involved in the crash, Valentino Rossi, was able to keep his bike upright, and escaped without serious injury.
Simoncelli was known for a youthful, at times aggressive style. Ironically, this crash was in no way caused by that style. A loss of the front end put the bike down on the track, and then the front tire regained traction, pulling the bike across the track into the path of oncoming Edwards and Rossi. The race was cancelled once the organizers became aware of the extend of the injuries. Many riders issued official or social media statements, consoling Simoncelli’s family and friends.