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The wind cries Marco– A tribute to Marco Simoncelli

In the grim wake to one of the greatest losses in the sport of MotoGP history, I find it difficult to write these words:

On Sunday, San Carlo Honda Grisini rider, Marco Simoncelli was killed almost instantaneously in a horrific accident before the second lap was complete at Malaysia’s Sepang circuit. I choose to not dwell on the tragic incident but rather on his legacy and what his passing can bring to those of us still living, as a gift in knowledge by example.

For the past two years I have been reporting twice a week for the 18 races per season about Marco and the rest of the MotoGP riders and their racing escapades. Marco was one of my favorites to write about with his big “Jimmy Hendrix” inspired hair cut, his lanky, unusually tall stature as a GP rider and his overwhelming determination on the track. All of which got him noticed by the fans and most especially by the press.

With a background in competitive racing that spanned over ten years, starting with a minibike championship in 2000, that only lasted a few years. Marco was the poster child in accomplishing great achievements in his very brief 24 years on this earth and went on to excel in the 125cc and 250cc classes before joining the premiere class of MotoGP in 2010. I often described Marco Simoncelli as a diamond in the rough and in the past few races, he most certainly was proving the point by placing second on the podium for the first time at Phillip Island. He was a delight with his ebullient personality and thick Italian accent in interviews and press conferences and he always made sure to put on a show for the fans, right up to the final 2 laps of  his life.

I never had the pleasure to meet Marco, but saw him in the paddocks many times at Laguna Seca Raceway, cheerfully interacting with the fans and happily signing autographs as he made passage to the Honda paddocks.

He was a dream to photograph with his aesthetic riding style, no matter how controversial it might be to his contenders and Dorna officials. Marco Simoncelli lived life with a passionate thirst and lived his dream every other weekend for 8 months a year. He left this planet doing what he loved to do and that is more than most people can say.

There are lessons to be learned by this talented young Italian rider, leaving us with an imperative message to live life to the fullest, to live your passion, no matter how great or small.

Marco once said; to only live 5 minutes to ride bikes like this, is far greater than most people live in an entire life time…..

To quote a fellow contributing editor, Olivia Gauch, who put it so eloquently on her Facebook page along with a photo of her and Simoncelli in an interview: “The light that burns twice as bright, burns half as long.” and you have burned so very, very brightly—RIP Marco.

My Heartfelt condolences go out to Marco’s family, friends, his team, the GP riders, his fans and all the people he left behind. Selfishly, he will be greatly missed.


October 24, 2011 - Posted by | girlracer, helmet, history of MotoGP, marco simoncelli, MotoGP, motorcycle racing, motorcycles, phillip Island, San Carlo Honda Grisini, Sepang

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