Marco Simoncelli killed in horror MotoGP crash

Motor sport lost another star yesterday after rider Marco Simoncelli was killed in a horrific crash at the Malaysian MotoGP in Sepang.

The race was only two laps old when the Italian, who was only 24 years old, veered across the track into the path of American Colin Edwards and Valentino Rossi, with who he was good friends. Simoncelli lost his helmet in the crash, and was left prone on the track afterwards. Officials cancelled the race once it became clear who badly he had been hurt, and while confusion reigned in the stands, with bottles being thrown by unhappy fans, doctors tried to resuscitate him. However he died soon afterwards

'Marco lost his helmet in the crash,' said BBC presenter Matt Roberts. 'The officials said that, when the track medics got to him, he was in cardiac arrest. They tried to resuscitate him in the ambulance and the medical centre.

'Both riders collided with him and the impact corresponded to him losing his helmet. The saddest thing is that Valentino [Rossi] and Marco were very close friends. Colin [Edwards] has a dislocated shoulder and is in a lot of pain. He and Valentino are absolutely devastated.'

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