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MotoGP Rider Marco Simoncelli Fatally Injured at Sepang [w/ video]

Source: AP, Autosport.com | Published: Sun Oct 23, 2011

Italian Marco Simoncelli has died from the injuries he sustained in a crash in the Malaysian MotoGP race. He was 24.

Simoncelli was fighting for fourth position when he lost the front of his bike and slid across the circuit, into the path of Colin Edwards and Valentino Rossi, both of whom hit Simoncelli's Honda.

Simoncelli lay stricken on the track after the crash, his helmet having come off during the incident.

He was taken by ambulance to the circuit's medical center, but at 4.56pm local time it was announced he had succumbed to his injuries.

The Medical Director at the circuit Michele Macchiagodena explained: "I'm very sad to be here to report about the death of Marco Simoncelli, a friend. Because of the crash he had during the race, in which he was hit by other riders, he suffered a very serious trauma to the head, to the neck and the chest. When our medical staff got to him he was unconscious. In the ambulance because there was a cardiac arrest they started CPR (cardiac pulmonary resuscitation). Immediately in the Medical Centre, with the help also of the Doctor of our staff at the Clinica Mobile and local Doctors, he was intubated and it was possible to take off some blood from the thorax. The CPR was continued for 45 minutes because we tried to help him for as long as we thought it was possible. Unfortunately it was not possible to help him and at 16:56 (local time) we had to declare he was dead."

Simoncelli had established himself as one of the most exciting new stars in MotoGP this season and has just recently signed an extension to his contract for the next season.

This news comes after another motorsport star, Dan Wheldon, lost his life in the IndyCar race in Las Vegas last weekend.

More information: http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/95629

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