Simoncelli was involved in an accident with Colin Edwards and Valentino Rossi during the 2011 Malaysian GP.
In fourth position during lap two, Simoncelli's bike veered across the
track and straight into the path of Edwards and Rossi. Edwards was
injured with a dislocated shoulder, while Simoncelli lay still on the
track after the crash, his helmet having come off during the incident.
The race was immediately red-flagged.
He was taken by ambulance to the
circuit's medical centre, but at 16:56 local time it was announced that
he had died from his injuries.Later, at a press conference involving members of the MotoGP Race
Direction, Medical Director Michele Macchiagodena said that Simoncelli
sustained "a very serious trauma to the head, to the neck and the
chest", and was administered cardiopulmonary resuscitation for 45 minutes.
He was an awesome rider who gave his utmost. Ride in Peace Marco!