On the heels of a spectacular 2nd place finish at the Australian GP, my favorite rider and future star Marco Simoncelli passed away from injuries sustained in a crash on the second lap of the Malaysian GP. Simoncelli was a colorful character and seemed to be hitting his stride after a difficult if not controversial start to this season. Ironically, he passed away on the same course on which he clinched the 2008 250cc World Championship. His death is a tragedy and he will sorely be missed. R.I.P. Super SIC!!!!!
MARCO SIMONCELLI: 1987 - 2011
1987: Born in Cattolica, Italy on January 20. 1996: Runner-up in the Italian Minimoto Championship. 1999: Champion of the Italian Minimoto Championship. 2000: Claims a back-to-back title in the Italian Minimoto Championship and is runner-up in the European Minimoto Championship. 2001: Moves up to the the Italian 125cc Championship and wins the title in his rookie year. 2002: Wins the European 125cc title. 2003: Takes part in his first full season in the 125cc World Championship with the Matteoni Racing team. 2004: Joins the Rauch Bravo team and wins his first Grand Prix at a rain-soaked Jerez. 2005: Completes another 125cc campaign with the Nocable.it Race team and finishes fifth in the final standings. 2006: Moves up to the 250cc class riding for Gilera. Finishes the season in 10th overall with a sixth place finish at the Chinese Grand Prix his best result.
2008: June - Wins his first 250cc race at the Italian GP in Mugello in controversial circumstances when Hector Barbera crashed into him after Simoncelli appeared to try to block him off. October - Wins the 250cc World Championship after a successful season with Gilera with a third place finish in the Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang. 2009: Finishes third overall in the 250cc World Championship behind Japan's Hiroshi Aoyama and Spain's Barbera. 2010: Moves up to ride in his debut MotoGP season for Honda. Finishes 16 of the 18 races en route to eighth place in the championship. 2011: May - Collides with Dani Pedrosa while battling for second in the French GP. The resulting crash saw Pedrosa break his collarbone and Simoncelli receive a ride-through penalty, eventually finishing fifth. Simoncelli accepted he needed to re-evaluate his driving style and at times be more cautious. June - Claims his first MotoGP pole at the Catalan GP but a poor start resulted in a sixth placed finish. October 23 - Killed in a crash during the Malaysian GP in Sepang.
My French grandfather was a motorcycle fanatic and like many genetic conditions it skipped a generation to me. I made the plunge into vintage motorcycling by coming across a magazine that rekindled a passion that I always had as a kid. I purchased and started refurbishing a 1951 Norton Model 7, which is the departure point of this blog. While motorcycling is my hobby, I have found that there is a convergence of many different motor cultures. This blog is dedicated to camaraderie, sharing knowledge, and having fun while exploring the world of classic motorsports. I also encourage others who want to contribute to drop me an email.