May 30, 2014, 10:00 AM EDT
The late Marco Simoncelli has been posthumously inducted into the Moto GP Legends Hall of Fame at a ceremony in Mugello today, ahead of this weekend’s round at the Italian circuit.
Simoncelli was one of Moto GP’s brightest talents, winning the supporting 250cc class in 2008. He stepped up to the premier series in 2010, and enjoyed a fine debut season, scoring points in all but two races.
In 2011, he scored his first pole position and podium finish in Moto GP. He followed up his maiden top three finish in the Czech Republic with second place at the Australian round at Phillip Island, in what would turn out to be his final race.
At Sepang, Simoncelli was involved in an accident that would ultimately claim his life, such was the severity of the injuries suffered. He was 24 years old.
Now, Moto GP has honored the Italian racer by inducting him into the sport’s hall of fame. It was formally confirmed at Mugello circuit today in a ceremony attended by Marco’s father, Paolo.
After such a bright career was cruelly cut short, this is a touching tribute by Moto GP. It follows in the footsteps of the Misano circuit in Italy, which renamed itself “Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli” in the wake of the accident.
Simoncelli’s legacy continues to be felt in the motorcycle racing world, and he will forever be a part of its history.
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