Bad news, it seems, does come in threes, as we're grieved to report the passing of Marco Simoncelli. The MotoGP rider succumbed to injuries sustained this weekend at the Malaysian Grand Prix, his death coming barely a week after those of Indy 500 champion Dan Wheldon and Baja racer Rick Huseman.

A promising Italian rider, Simoncelli advanced just last year to the top-tier MotoGP series after making a name for himself in the feeder classes. He was a force to be reckoned with in the Italian Minimoto Championship in the late 90s, won the European championship (as well as several World Championship races) in the 125cc class for Aprilia and took the 250cc World Championship for Gilera in 2008. He advanced to the MotoGP series last season, riding for the Gresini Honda team, for whom he took a second-place finish just last week in Australia.

Disaster struck, however, on the second lap of the Malaysian Grand Prix today where he lost control of his Honda racing bike and was hit by fellow riders Colin Edwards and Valentino Rossi as he slid across the track. He laid there motionless, his helmet having come off in the incident, until an ambulance brought him to the trackside infirmary where he was subsequently pronounced dead. He was 24.

The tragedy marks the first death in MotoGP since the 2003 Japanese Grand Prix where Daijiro Kato, also of the Gresini team, was killed. However Shoya Tomizawa was killed a little over a year ago in the Moto2 race at San Marino.

Our hearts go out to Simoncelli's family, friends and colleagues. Follow the jump to watch the incident unfold.



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      Kaze9
      • 3 Years Ago
      Poor guy, he was defiantly a contender to win a title in the future. I feel bad for Edwards and Ross tooi, there was nothing they could do.
      Number23
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's been a hard week to be a motorsports fan.
      Henry Duong
      • 3 Years Ago
      Rip Marco! All these website should post a tribute video of Marco riding his heart out, not the crash.
      Steven
      • 3 Years Ago
      R.I.P. Marco... Deutschland trauert um Dich... Du warst einer der Besten! Machs gut... :-(
      htay9500
      • 3 Years Ago
      I was just reading an interview of him with a British bike magazine last month. So much potential. :( RIP.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Alex Butti
      • 3 Years Ago
      Marco was never consistent. He showed major balls and proved to be as fast as Valentino and sometime even faster than Stoner and Lorenzo.....but he constantly crashed. Broken ribs, ankles, collar-bone. A true hero ! Always hopped back on the bike with broken bones and on pain-killers. He just needed a bit more experience and patience. I am still shocked about all this. Marco.....Marco, you will be missed. God I don't even wanna know what going on in Valentino's and Edward's head now.....such a fvcking sad day !
      Alex Butti
      • 3 Years Ago
      Marco, non sei mai stato un pilota consistente. Malgrado tutto cio' non ho parole per questa terribile notizia. Le mie piu' sincere condoglianze alla famiglia Simoncelli.
      MONTEGOD7SS
      • 3 Years Ago
      What comes in threes, three racers dying that no one has heard of? That's like saying any other random three people died that no one has heard of. Godspeed to the rider, and my thoughts are with his family and friends.
      tributetodrive
      • 3 Years Ago
      guess the afro puff couldent pad his head afterall.
        solace80
        • 3 Years Ago
        @tributetodrive
        not funny man.... Totally out of line. you're a ******* deuchebag
        • 3 Years Ago
        @tributetodrive
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        Erik
        • 3 Years Ago
        @tributetodrive
        You are a small, trivial person. I hope you enjoy your long, insignificant, undoubtedly mundane and mediocre existence. What an utter rodent of a human being you must be.
      onewayroll
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why you feel the need to post a video of a person's last moment of life is beyond me. R.I.P Marco
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @onewayroll
        Oh, but when I get onto AB about posting the Wheldon crash, I get downvoted like crazy while having people come at me like I did something wrong...
      Occams_Cat
      • 3 Years Ago
      Another tragic loss in the motor racing community. 'Sideshow Bob' was such a great personality and an awesome rider. He will be sorely missed. Autoblog - not sure you should be showing this graphic video.
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