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Ciao, Marco

October 27, 2011

The funeral for fallen MotoGP rider Marco Simoncelli took place in his home town Coriano earlier today, following his tragic death at the Malaysian Grand Prix last weekend.

It has been reported that in the region of 10,000 members of the public joined family, friends, and fellow riders (past and present) in paying tribute to the immensely talented and popular 24-year-old.

It was, in the words of Carmelo Ezpeleta, ‘very moving.’ Ezpeleta, the CEO of Dorna Sports, continued: ‘There is no doubt that a great rider and a brilliant person has left us. The outpouring of affection that has been shown demonstrates that he has left his mark.’

Such sentiments have been articulated throughout this most hollow of weeks, notably by Autosport’s Toby Moody, the BBC’s Matt Roberts, and, perhaps most movingly of all, former World Champion and close friend, Kevin Schwantz.

Their words, rather than mine, pay fine tribute to a man who was as fast on a bike and as popular with the fans as his unmistakable hair was crazy.

Ciao, Marco

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