Sunday was a terrible day for motorcycle racing.
Italian superstar Marco Simoncelli died after injured he sustained in a freak accident following a hard crash on the second lap of the Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang. I was watching it live at 1am California time and the red flag went out right away. It was a bad scene. The race was cancelled about an hour later. Marco was 24.
I didn't personally know Marco as well as some of my colleagues who spend the entire year shooting moto racing, but he was one of my favorite riders. He was aggressive and just plain passionate about racing. More importantly, he was a super nice guy and was always smiling. I met him in 2010 at Laguna Seca while he was signing autographs for fans. He nodded at my colorful shoes, thinking they were cool.
Marco, a 250cc World Champion, was known as SuperSic to fans all over was super fast. He had taken second the weekend before Malaysia and was touted to chase the World Championship next year on the Honda, but he went out doing what he really enjoyed. Moto racing is a very dangerous sport, but he rode with a pure enjoyment of the sport.
Here's another good read from former 500cc World Champion Kevin Schwantz who was good friends with Marco.
Marco went out doing what he loved to do and that's all one can ask for really.
Speed on Marco.