FROM THE GUY WHO BROKE HIS BACK: I had a awesome day riding with a couple of friends, but I got alil’ cocky when I swapped with my mate and tried his KTM300EXC for the first time, little lite bike and too many revs equals pain, chopper ride and hospital stay. I landed straight on my arse and broke 2 vertebrae, but I was lucky as I was able to walk afterwards..
Nicknamed “Super Sic” and sporting a mop of curly hair, Simoncelli was predicted by many to be a future MotoGP world champion. He died a week after two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon was killed in a 15-car accident in the Izod IndyCar Series finale at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Simoncelli lost control of his Honda at Turn 11 four minutes into the Malaysian MotoGP. After regaining partial grip, Simoncelli’s bike swerved across the track — and into the path of American Colin Edwards and Valentino Rossi of Italy.