x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 21 July 2017

MotoGP riders to pay tribute to Marco Simoncelli at Sepang

Riders will gather for the unveiling of a plague in memory of the Italian racer on the turn where suffered a fatal crash a year ago.

Marco Simoncelli died from his injuries sustained in Sepang after colliding with Colin Edwards and Valentino Rossi on Lap 2 of the Malyasian MotoGP.
Marco Simoncelli died from his injuries sustained in Sepang after colliding with Colin Edwards and Valentino Rossi on Lap 2 of the Malyasian MotoGP.

MotoGP riders will gather at Malaysia's Sepang circuit this week for the installation of a plaque in memory of Italian rider Marco Simoncelli, who died in a crash a year ago.

Razlan Razali, CEO of the Sepang International Circuit, said riders and team officials would gather at turn 11 on Thursday where the young racer lost control of his bike.

"A bronze plaque will be installed at turn 11 in remembrance of Simoncelli," he said.

The tragic incident occurred soon after the race began when the 24-year-old Honda rider's bike veered across the track and into the path of riders Colin Edwards and Valentino Rossi, who appeared to have hit him.

Simoncelli, considered an up-and-coming MotoGP star, had his helmet knocked off in the collision.

Razlan also said a new "Marco Simoncelli rookie of the year" trophy in memory of the flamboyant 2008 Moto2 world champion would be unveiled this weekend.

SIC will award the trophy to the best rookie in the MotoGP class at the season ending race in Valencia on November 11. The rookie rider with the most number of points wins the trophy.

Sepang is to host the Malaysian Grand Prix on Sunday, in round 16 of the 18-part MotoGP Championship.

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