Marco Simoncelli
Marco Simoncelli Getty Images

Simoncelli dies after Moto GP crash

ITALIAN sport was in shock Sunday after Marco Simoncelli died following a crash at the Malaysian MotoGP motorcycle race. He was 24.

Simoncelli nicknamed Sic or SuperSic died of chest, head and neck injuries after he lost control of his Honda at turn 11 four minutes into the race, and swerved across the track, straight into the path of American rider Colin Edwards and Valentino Rossi of Italy.

Rossi, a good friend of Simoncelli's, was clearly distraught and was unable to say anything in the immediate aftermath of the accident. He left a short message on Twitter later Sunday.

"Sic for me was like a younger brother, as strong on the track as he was sweet in life,'' Rossi wrote. "I still can't believe it. I will miss him a lot.''

In Italy, there was a minute's silence before all football matches and players wore black armbands as a tribute to the young rider.

>> Read more at nzherald.co.nz



The simple Qld fishing invention that is now a $2m business

Premium Content The simple Qld fishing invention that is now a $2m business

Queensland invention Hook-Eze on track for $2m in sales

From the Editor’s Desk: COVID’s impact on Gympie’s Power 40

From the Editor’s Desk: COVID’s impact on Gympie’s Power 40

2020 has been a year like no other, and some of the new faces on the region’s list...

WATCH: Video shows 3m shark caught off Fraser Island

Premium Content WATCH: Video shows 3m shark caught off Fraser Island

Fisherman's incredible encounter with beautiful shark