News 27 Oct 2011

Hundreds turn out to bid Marco Simoncelli farewell in his hometown

Italian Marco Simoncelli will be laid to rest today following his sad death in Sunday's Malaysian GP.

Italian Marco Simoncelli will be laid to rest today following his sad death in Sunday's Malaysian GP.

MotoGP rider Marco Simoncelli’s body was laid out for the public to pay their respects on Wednesday in his hometown of Coriano. The 24-year-old’s funeral will be held tomorrow today at the Santa Maria Assunta church.

Large numbers of people turned out on Wednesday morning in Coriano, the hometown of Simoncelli, to bid the MotoGP rider a final farewell before his funeral takes place on Thursday.

Fans, friends, members of the public and figures from the world of sport came to the Municipal Theatre in Coriano, close to Riccione in the Italian province of Rimini, to pay their respects to the 24 year-old rider who passed away on Sunday following a crash in the MotoGP race in Malaysia.

A long line of mourners formed early this morning at the chapel, which will remain open until 10pm this evening, and where Simoncelli’s body is resting prior to his funeral on Thursday.

Behind the Italian rider’s coffin the Gilera bike, on which he won the 2008 250cc World Championship title, and the Honda RC212V, on which he competed in the MotoGP class, were presented.

Amongst those in attendance were recognised Italian sporting figures such as former basketball player Walter Magnifico and Marco Melandri, a close friend of Marco Simoncelli’s and his team-mate in the Gresini team during the young rider’s debut season in MotoGP in 2010.

The funeral, which will take place tomorrow (Thursday) at 3pm at the Santa Maria Assunta church in Coriano, is expected to be attended by close friends of Simoncelli’s and fellow riders including Valentino Rossi, Andrea Dovizioso, Jorge Lorenzo and Sete Gibernau.

To ensure that all those who attend the funeral can follow the ceremony two large screens will be installed outside the church, and a large screen will also be installed at the Misano circuit nearby.