Super Sic, a nickname for Marco Simoncelli, was born in Catolica, Italy, on January 20, 1987 was one of the rising stars of MotoGP.
Marco started his riding career in the Italian Minimoto Championship at the age of nine years. He won the championship for two consecutive years (1999 and 2000). He was also the first runner-up in the European Minimoto Championship 2000.
In 2001, Marco joined the Italian 125cc Championship and won the Honda Trophy that same year. In 2002, he joined the European 125cc Championship and won. He then moved on to the world championship with Matteoni Racing, and he rode an Aprilia bike — number 37— from 2003 to 2005.
In 2006, Marco was promoted to the 250cc Championships where he joined the Mati Gilera Team. He was in this championship until 2009. He then made a big leap and joined Team San Carlo Honda Gresini to race in the MotoGP World Championship in 2010. Marco got into two accidents; during the second accident, he cracked his helmet. His best finish was in fourth place in Portugal.
In 2011, Marco was expected to be the surprise package of the new season. During the first race in Qatar, he finished in fifth place, but during the French Grand Prix in Le Mans, Marco collided with Spaniard Dani Pedrosa while battling for second place. Dani broke his collarbone, and Marco got a drive-through penalty and finished in fifth place.
His last race will not be forgotten by motorsport fans.
Marco was involved in a nasty collision with American Collin Edwards and fellow Italian, nine-time world champion and friend Valentino Rossi at the Sepang International Circuit. When his bike lost traction, Super Sic veered across the track and into the path of the two riders. Edwards fell and suffered a dislocated shoulder while Rossi returned to the pits unscratched. Marco was quickly taken to the Circuit’s medical centre. He received CPR for 45 minutes, but unfortunately, he died as a result of head, neck and chest injuries.
MotoGP had lost one of its best rising stars. Goodbye, Marco, and rest in peace. You will never be replaced.