It never ceases to amaze how many fans miss Marco Simoncell and how his untimely death last year at Sepang has inspired and sparked the creativity of people who want remember SuperSic.
This latest song called “Corro tra le stelle” (I’m Racing through the Stars) and the lyrics were written by Gabriella Mancini - a journalist of the Gazzetta dello Sport and then put to music by a student of a famous Italian music school.
The singers are all students: Agnese Fiorini - Roberta Laguercia - Camilla Perna - Debora Vezzani - Clarissa Vichi - and there’s also the partecipation of retired rider Loris Capirossi, who recites the words “diobò come sono belle… ora corro tra le stelle” (dibò -[good god] how beautiful they are… now I’ll race through the stars), the photos are by Gigi Soldano.
Another way to remember the late Italian rider will be coming from the city of Aquila (that suffered an earthquake in 2009 and sadly has become even more famous following the scandals that followed), who will be naming a street after him following the request of local motorcycle club.
Yesterday may have been a holiday in Italy and despite the freezing temperatures and an overnight snowfall, hundreds of fans still turned up in the small town of Coriano to see the inveiling of the memorial and be the first to see the exhibition dedicated to the late and still very much missed Marco Simoncelli.
The day was dedicated to Simoncelli and began with the unveiling of “Il podio del Sic” (Sic’s podium) that is represented by three blocks of white marble that are now permanently located on the left side of the church - near the steps where his funeral was held - with a glass plaque that has written on it: “Mi piacerebbe essere ricordato come uno che in gara sapeva emozionare.” (I’d like to be remembered as someone who knew how to give emotions when racing)
The “History of Sic” exhibition with its white walls and red leather striped inserts is located on the first floor of the Palace of Culture and divided into themes: with the display of his racing career including fifteen helmets, twelve racing leather suits and the #58 Gilera that he won the 2008 250cc World Championship, minimotos, go-karts, even his podium champagne bottles, but the display also includes photos and momentos of his private life and in one of the rooms is made out to be an exact replica of his San Carlo Honda Gresini Team pit box and there are also maxiscreens with racing highlights from his career.
An emotional Paolo Simoncelli said, “It’s nice thought by the people of Coriano, the town and all those who contributed to this and we’re happy as a family. It’s the least we could do, he has given so much, I think Coriano owed it to him. In this museum there is Marco’s lifetime from the beginning to end. Everyone will look at it with his own eyes and his thoughts. My thoughts? I’d rather keep them to myself.”
Photo source | ansa.it
The city of Coriano has decided to dedicate December 8th to the memory of Marco Simoncelli. Next Saturday will also be an important date as they will inaugurate and open to the public, inside the Palazzo della Cultura, the museum “La storia del Sic” (The History of Sic) and also finally inaugurate a permanent memorial near the steps- on the left side - of the church where Simoncelli’s funeral was celebrated.
The memorial dubbed “Il podio del Sic” (Sic’s podium) was designed by architects Alice Bianchi and Daniele Montanari and promoted by the Associazione 58Boys who raised the funds, and will now offer visiting fans from all over the world a proper place where to pay their respects.
The ‘podium’ is simple seat designed to loook continuous and fluid, reminiscent of a track, a turn and a race and in middle three blocks of different heights. The top step is dedicated to the late rider and the stele was designedin collaboration with Aldo Drudi.
The photo source is the stunning 350 square meter murales designed by street artist Davide Eron Salvadei (see video after the jump) that adorns one of the walls of the Coriano sports building, that has be renamed “Palazzetto dello Sport Marco Simoncelli.”
AGV has released a new updated version of a GP-Tech Marco Simoncelli tribute helmet and have also added a jet model that the Italian manufacturer has produced, in agreement with his family, to commemorate the late champion.
The 2011 version had number 1, but this time it bears Marco’s racing #58 making it more similar to his original helmet and there’s also the Dainese logo (Dainese bought AGV in 2007) on top of the helmet shell, sponsor San Carlo on the chin bar and a small heart in the colors of the Japanese flag that Simoncelli had added in memory of the devasting earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan in March of 2011.
The full face helmet sells at at 749 euro and also includes a dedicated t-shirt.
For scooter riders AGV is also offering the Bali Copter Special Simoncelli Tribute helmet which features a pilot-style visor with aluminum-finish side plates and leather which sells for a much more modest 149 euro.
One of the biggest initiatives of The Marco Simoncelli Foundation will be the creation of a rehabilitation center for disabled children in the city of Coriano, that will also include a park and and pool and the entire project will cost over 1 million euros to realize.
In order to build this dream the Foundation has decided to allow the image of their very much missed son to be used on a special prepaid Mastercard dubbed ‘Sic Card’ which will also allow you to help others as everytime you spend and then reload the card, a small amount will be withheld and will turn into donations for the Foundation.
All the riders who took part in Quad, Freestyle, Enduro and Flat Track MotoLIve exhibitions at the 2012 EICMA decided to donate 10,000 euros to the charity and Dorna’s Carmelo Ezpeleta was also on hand to return to the Honda ‘SuperSic’ CBR1000RR which he won on the online auction for a little more 50,000 euros, which he then upped in a fitting tribute to 58,000.
Source | moto.it
One year ago today, Marco Simoncelli tragically passed away during the Sepang GP. The racing Gods cruelly decided on that terrible Sunday to take him away from his family, friends and fans. We’d like to remember the Italian with this small photographic tribute along with some of the tweets from fellow riders who haven’t forgetten him.
Valentino Rossi: Dopo un anno quaggiù va avanti tutto come al solito,peró senza di te non è più la stessa cosa.ciao Sic,ci manchi
Jorge Lorenzo: Hoy hace 1 año que nos dejó Marco. Todos le seguimos recordando. #58 One year ago today we left Marco.
Andrea Dovizioso: ….oggi voglio stare spento…’ ciao Marco.
Michele Pirro: SIC io ti ricorderò sempre così..insieme sul gradino più alto del podio
Mattia Pasini: “Un’anno, e ancora non sembra vero… Ancora mi sembra solo un sogno!!! Cazzo ciccio… Ci manchi…”.
Loris Capirossi: Oggi giornata triste, è un anno che il nostro grande amico ci ha lasciato, non ti dimenticheremo mai, per sempre MARCO SIMONCELLI 58
Hector Barbera: Podio Phillip Island 2009. Qué rápido eras… Todos tenemos presente en el corazón a Supersic
Loris Baz: CIAO MARCO#58… thanks you for everything!! you still inspire me with your “crazy overtake” RIP
Claudio Corti: Oggi è un anniversario che nessuno di noi ne vorrebbe la ricorrenza … Faccio una preghiera per te che non sei più tra di noi
To mark the 1st anniversary of Marco Simoncelli’s passing, Italy’s Rai3 channel broadcasted this special documentary last night during their show Sfide, called Marco Simoncelli, Sic per i suoi Amici (Sic for his friends)-
The story is narrated by the great Alex Zanardi, with ancedotes fron his father Paolo Simoncelli, friends Valentino Rossi, Mattia Pasini and his father Maurizio (who gave Sic his first minimoto), friend and manager Carlo Pernat, Dr. Claudio Costa, Aligi Deganello, Fausto Gresini, HRC’s Shuhei Nakamoto and even former 250cc rivals Hector Barbera and Alvaro Bautista.
We know most of you won’t understand it, but we suggest you take a look at it anyway (there is some great footage). It left me with a lump in my throat just remembering how big and charismatic and full of life Simoncelli was and how much he is still missed one year later.
After the jump you’ll find the second video and we’ll be adding the rest asap.
This week’s upcoming 16th round of the MotoGP champion at Sepang will probably see two new world champions crowned, but it will also be an emotional return to the Malaysian circuit where Marco Simoncelli tragically lost his life on October 23rd, last year.
To commemorate the 1st anniversary of SuperSic’s passing, MotoGP riders and teams will gather on Thursday at turn 11 - where Simoncelli lost control of his Honda - to pay tribute to their fallen racing brother and where the Sepang International Circuit (SIC) will install a special bronze plaque in his memory.
A ‘Marco Simoncelli Rookie of the Year’ trophy will also be unveiled on the Saturday and presented to this year’s rookie of the year during the final race of the season at Valencia.
The special SuperSic Honda CBR1000RR designed by Aldo Drudi that was donated by HRC to the Marco Simoncelli Foundation was auctioned on e-Bay during this last week to help raise funds to build a day care center in Coriano for disabled children.
The Fireblade fetched the remarkable sum of 50,110 euros, and what’s even more remarkable is that the highest bidder turned out to be Dorna’s CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta
Ezpeleta advised Paolo and Rosella Simoncelli that he has decided to support the Foundation even further and will be giving the charity 58,000 euros instead of the final bid as a symbolic gesture.
“A further demonstration of esteem and affection from the world that Marco was part of that leaves us deeply moved. Our heartfelt thanks for a gesture that will remain in our hearts,” said the Simoncelli family.
The bike will be officially delivered to Ezpeleta by Simoncelli’s parents during the EICMA show in Milan next November.
Source | altarimini.it
Last June the Misano World circuit officially adopted Marco Simoncelli’s name to its and ahead of this weekend’s races, numerous riders from all three classes did a parade lap of the Italian circuit on bicycles in honour of the late rider, who died at Sepang last October.
They were also joined by the riders of Cycle of Wishes who rode the 1600km from Donington Park to Misano led by Kevin Schwantz and Jamie Dobb’s. These riders before arriving at a very wet and cold Misano (the bad weather arrived Wednesday) stopped at Coriano - Marco Simoncelli’s home town, just a few miles away - where they met Paolo and Rosella Simoncelli and the town’s mayor Domenica Spinelli. Cycle of Wishes has already gathered £21,000 with their charity ride.
While the parade lap was to pay tribute to the late Simoncelli, many of the riders didn’t forget the late Shoya Tomizawa who tragically lost his life at Misano two years ago.
To see the video, just click here.
Photo source | motogp.com