News 28 Oct 2011

Gresini Honda team pays tribute to fallen rider, Marco Simoncelli

The Gresini Honda team will always remember Marco Simoncelli.

The Gresini Honda team will always remember Marco Simoncelli.

Marco Simoncelli’s Gresini Honda team sent us this emotional letter this morning, remembering the fallen champion:

‘Super Sic’ will have looked down on his funeral today and no doubt said, “Diobò quanta gente!” (“Good lord, that’s a lot of people!”). “Did so many people really want to wish me well?” he would have added.

The demonstration of affection towards ‘Super Sic’, tragically killed last Sunday at the Sepang circuit in Malaysia, was from another planet.

Yesterday around 10 thousand people came to say goodbye as he laid at rest in the Municipal Theatre in Coriano whilst today the number of people present in the small town and at the Misano circuit, where the events were shown on a big screen, was simply incalculable.

The world of motorcycling flocked to be by his side as he was finally laid to rest. The funeral service was led by the Bishop of Rimini, Francesco Lambiasi, at the church of Our Lady of the Assumption in Coriano, where the body of ‘Super Sic’ was carried by his closest friends in the presence of his family.

The friends he spent so many happy times with, the team and other dignitaries from the world of motorcycling, world champions from different disciplines of racing and sport, other personalities and his two most famous motorcycles: the Gilera that he rode to the 250cc World Championship and the Honda he raced this season.

Outside the church, which could only hold 450 people, thousands and thousands more watched on two more big screens, with another in the Coriano town square.

The most emotional moment came when the Vasco Rossi song ‘Siamo solo noi’ was played as Marco’s coffin was carried out of the the church of Our Lady of the Assumption to make its final journey.

Goodbye ‘Super Sic’, you will always be in our hearts.