Simoncelli Crash Video: Italian MotoGP Star's Tragic Death Shocks Racing World

Wes ODonnellFeatured ColumnistOctober 24, 2011

PHILLIP ISLAND, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 16:  Marco Simoncelli of Italy and San Carlo Honda Gresini celebrates on the podium after the MotoGP race of the Australian MotoGP, which is round 16 of the MotoGP World Championship, at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit on October 16, 2011 in Phillip Island, Australia.  (Photo by Mirco Lazzari gp/Getty Images)
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Italian MotoGP rider Marco Simoncelli tragically died yesterday during a race in Malaysia. He was 24-years old.

The horror crash took place only several minutes after the race started. The frightening scene at Sepang left onlookers devastated and the race was immediately called.

Simoncelli lost control around turn 11 and his bike can be seen skidding across the track into oncoming traffic. His body is almost indistinguishable from the bike itself until he makes contact with fellow racers Colin Edwards and Valentino Rossi.

The crowd on hand was forced to witness a tragic display of how dangerous racing is.

This is the second fatality in as many weekends and has left the racing world at large utterly speechless.

Dan Wheldon, an English IndyCar driver, was tragically killed last weekend in the series' season finale in Las Vegas.

The 33-year-old was a two-time Indianapolis 500 winner and won the overall championship in 2005.

Simoncelli's family was on hand to witness the tragedy and The Daily Mail quoted fellow racer Dani Pedrosa on handling the unfortunate situation:

"I've been with his father and all we could do was to hug, nothing else matters.

Everybody in the paddock remains in shock. Many times we ourselves forget how dangerous this sport can be and when you lose people on the way nothing has any meaning. It's clear that we all do what we like, what we love, but on days like today nothing matters. 

In a tragedy like this there is not much to say. I just want to give my condolences to his family and all the people who love him."

Pedrosa speaks for all of us.

The 24-year-old Simoncelli was one of the most promising talents in the sport.

It was only his second year at the MotoGP level and he was well-liked by nearly everyone in the sport.

His homeland of Italy, according to a report from Yahoo! Sports, observed a minute of silence in his honor at sporting events yesterday.