October 24th, 2011 (F1plus Team).- A future star life was cut short. Marco Simoncelli died of multiple injuries during yesterday’s Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang. The Italian, who lost control of his bike on the second lap of the MotoGP race, suffered 'a very serious trauma to the head', as well as neck and chest complications.
Having qualified fifth fastest at Sepang, Simoncelli was fighting for fourth place when he lost control of his Honda machinery and veered into the path of his rivals. Rossi and Edwards did their best to avoid colliding, but instead ran into the 24-year-old.
The Italian was treated by doctors for a long period of time, but despite their best efforts, he succumbed to his injuries. The MotoGP and motorsport fraternity is now in deep mourning, just days after Dan Wheldon's fatal IndyCar crash in Las Vegas.
"I’m very sad to be here to report about the death of Marco Simoncelli, a friend," Macchiagodena commented.
"Because of the crash he had during the race, in which he was hit by other riders, he suffered a very serious trauma to the head, to the neck and the chest. When our medical staff got to him he was unconscious.
"In the ambulance because there was a cardiac arrest they started CPR (cardiac pulmonary resuscitation). Immediately in the Medical Centre, with the help also of the Doctor of our staff at the Clinica Mobile and local Doctors, he was intubated and it was possible to take off some blood from the thorax.
"The CPR was continued for 45 minutes because we tried to help him for as long as we thought it was possible. Unfortunately it was not possible to help him and at 4:56pm local time (BST +7) we had to declare he was dead."
Simoncelli was contesting his ninth full season in the World Championship, after entering the 125cc class for a six-race stint in 2002. His first title glory came in 2008 for the Metis Gilera squad (250cc), going on to back it up with a third place finish the following year. He then stepped up to MotoGP, graduating with Gresini for 2010.
A consistent points scoring year for Simoncelli saw him finish inside the top ten during 12 of the 18 races, with his best result coming at the penultimate Estoril round. Simoncelli was then transformed into a victory contender in 2011 and, despite some early crashes, the Italian had amassed 139 points, including two podiums.
Carmelo Ezpeleta (CEO of MotoGP rights holders Dorna Sports), called off the proposed restart when Simoncelli's condition was revealed as 'critical', before the Cattolica rider was pronounced dead at 4.56pm local time (BST +7).
The F1plus team extends our most sincere condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Marco Simoncelli: 1987-2011.