Alvaro's Column, Malaysia : In Valencia we'll ride for you, Marco
Dear Marco: I don’t know how to begin, it is difficult to say anything after such a tough weekend for the followers of motorcycle racing. Everything that’s happened in Sepang, the thrilling 125cc race with Nico Terol very close to claiming the title, the absence of Marc Marquez in Moto2 and leaving the championship for Bradl to take, the injuries of other riders who I wish a speedy recovery, the good feeling I had in practice and then in the race I could have ended up with a good result… Everything was overshadowed by your accident.
Your passion. You and I know that there is a a lot of risk in this sport and that, fortunately, safety is getting better. But sometimes things like this happen and it’s really when people realize that this is not a game and we play with our lives here. I will not tell you how those moments were in the paddock when we heard the news, because I think we’ve already cried and suffered a lot. I think we should remember you as someone who died doing what he loved, what all the riders love the most. Riding a bike.
Direct rival. I had the opportunity to be one of your rivals in the 250cc class, where we had many fights. You’ve always been a very controversial rider on the track, going very close to the limit and sometimes over it, but always giving a show, giving the spectators reasons to fall in love with racing. And if you were peculiar on the track, off it you couldn’t go unnoticed; with that hair like Jimi Hendrix, with that lax style of walking, that peculiar voice speaking an Italian funny to listen to.
Championship leader. 2008 was your great year, you spent two seasons in the 250cc class without getting a single podium, but that year changed everything, you started to get on the rostrum regularly, winning races and like it wasn’t a big deal you took over the lead in the championship with a good advantage. We had many fights in the races, with touches and off-track excursions. At the end you won the championship, at the same Sepang International Circuit. The following year we even spent some time at Race Direction now and then to review controversial actions, do you remember? Honestly, my relationship with you off the track changed and we hardly exchanged a word. But this year everything was different. Unfortunately or fortunately because of the situation in Japan, the riders had many meetings and this made us more united, we returned to a good relationship like we had before. You know you’ve been a great rider who was always on the limit, always enjoying what you were doing, always giving your best, always fighting. Even in your last lap on the circuit, when again I was with you, you did not stop fighting, it has always been difficult to pass you, you never let anyone twist your arm and always resisted or stayed inside or outside the racing line to avoid losing your position. On that last lap we passed each other six times in just two corners. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I know you did too, as we always did in a fight like this one.
In the paddock. Then, the circuit that had given you your best moment in life took it away from you. At the Sepang International Circuit (SIC) you left us. How strange will it be to walk through the paddock not seeing you… But your memory will always be with us, we will never forget you and you will be sorely missed. But I am convinced that wherever you are, you will also follow us.
To your loved ones. I’m about to say goodbye, because I have a lot inside, but it is very difficult to write it down in these moments. I want to send your family, your girlfriend Kate, your friends, mechanics, the people on your team and your fans my most sincere and heartfelt condolences. And I tell you that at the next race in Valencia everyone who goes to the track, which will surely be many, will go there for you. In your memory. We will race for you. We dedicate this to you. Because you’ll always be in our hearts.
MotoGP : “MotoGP extends its deepest condolences to Marco’s family, friends and team at this tragic loss.”
Ben Spies : “Super Sic rest easy.,”
Jorge Lorenzo : “No se que decir de un dia asi… Solo se que te echaremos de menos. Descansa en paz Marco.”
YamahaMotoGP : “Rest In Peace Sic….our thoughts are with your family and team..a tragedy..”
Andrea Dovizioso : "RIP Marco. My thoughts and my prayers are with Marco’s family and friends."
Casey Stoner : “All I can say is how sorry I am for Marco’s whole family I can’t imagine what they are all going through and our thoughts and wishes are with them at this time. I hope they all stay close and pull through this tragedy together”.
Shuhei Nakamoto (HRC Executive Vice President): “I just don’t know what to say, words escape me. I just want to say thank you to Marco, for what you gave me and pass my sincere condolences to his family and this very sad time”.
Jenson Button : "R.I.P Marco… Such an exciting talent lost. My thoughts are with his family, friends and everyone involved in MotoGP."
Lewis Hamilton : “RIP #MarcoSimoncelli My thoughts are with his family, friends and team at this extremely sad time. Another tragic loss at such an early age”
Bradely Smith : “Speechless to the news of Marco #58. Such a sad moment….. R.I.P”
Marc Coma : "Desde aquí quiero añadirme a los mensajes de apoyo hacía la familia y amigos de Simoncelli… Un abrazo muy fuerte!"
Valentino Rossi : “Sic for me was like a youngest brother.so strong on track and so sweet in the normal life.I will miss him a lot.”
Nico Terol : “no me quiero creer lo que ha pasado!!!:(!Chao Súper Sic!!!muchos ánimos a toda la familia Simoncelli!!!58 en nuestro corazón!!”
Hector Barbera : “Sin palabras.Lo q diga poco es… Destrozado!Mucha fuerza a su familia amigos y equipo…Lo llevaremos con nosotros siempre…Es injusto #58”
Adrian Martin : “me pregunto una y otra vez el xq y xq. Marco te llevare dentro de mi y seguro que en el corazon de muchisimas personas que sabian..Lo grande que eras. Un beso grandisimo a su familia al equipo gresini y a todas las personas cercanas.”
Hector Faubel : “No se k decir la verdad! Xo esto es muy muy fuerte!! Ufff! No tengo palabras… Solo lagrimas… ♥ super sic un grande y valiente chico.”
Nicky Hayden : “Sometimes life just don’t make sense… RIP #58 your were a star on & off track we all going to miss you… #MotoGP #family. “
Aleix Espargaro : “Es increíble, como cambia la vida en unos segundos.. Siempre te recordaremos Simoncelli 58. Es duro, muy duro, te replanteas muchas cosas…”
Cal Crutchlow : “RIP Marco Simoncelli ! A great rider and all round nice guy. My thoughts are with all his family & friends. I will never forget today … #58”
Marco Melandri : “No words what i saw.. Marco 58 keep strong Non ho parole, Forza Marco 58 e un abbraccio a famiglia e agli amici del team San Carlo Gresini.”
“With these few lines I would like to send my sincerest condolences to all Marco Simoncelli`s family and friends. What happened yesterday was a big blow for the whole world of motorcycling. When accidents like this happen there seems to be no sense to anything. Myself and my team want to send a message of support to all his family and loved ones.”—Daniel Pedrosa Ramal
“The Malaysian Grand Prix has left us in shock. I want to use my blog to send my sincerest condolences to Marco Simoncelli’s family and friends. Marco was a brave rider, but most of all he was a great person. Everyone is struck by the tragedy. We all know that this is a high risk sport, but no one ever expects such a tragedy to occur. All we can do is show our support to all those who knew him and loved him. He’ll be sorely missed.”—Marc Marquez
Alzamora: “Márquez went out to set a minimum time to start. We don’t want to take any more risks. We’ll wait to see how he is tomorrow”.
Márquez is having problems with his neck and probably will not go out again. He needs more time to rest.
Alzamora:”Everyone knows Marc and if it was up to him, he would be out on track but recovery is foremost. He would give anything to go out”
This is very sad news for me. But I know I must respect on Marc’s decision. It’s hard to choose the right thing between your responsibility to team and fans, and your personal. So I think I just can pray for all the best for Marc.
If in the end he’s decide not to race tomorrow, hope it will be the best decision. Because like I have told you Marc’s health is the most important. It’s ok he doesnt race tomorrow, I still can seeing him in Valencia and next season.
Animo Marc! Remember to keep trying and praying too.
Hello everyone, today I’m making this post for Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha Factory Racing). I remember what was happening in Phillip Island, October 16 2011 in warm up session. Everybody including me, still cant believe that horrible thing has happened, we know that in the end of this session Jorge got crash that make he almost lost a half of his tweet finger. Because of this accident he can join MotoGP race, go to Melbourne to get surgery soon. I’m happy because the surgery going well n success, the medical team have safe his finger! Thank God :)
I get a lesson from this, that you can support n push your favorite rider to win the race but remember to praying too for them! Your prayer more important than wish for bad luck for another rider. PRAY FOR YOUR RIDER VICTORY ALSO FOR HIS SAFE!!
I’m not Jorge Lorenzo’s true fan or his fanatic fan… But I wish all the best for him. I wish him to get well n better soon, I’ll be honest for this thing I do missing him on the track, everybody know he’s a great rider! The race become really fun and amazing with him.
“I’m most impressed with Marc Marquez. Not only his riding but his personality. He’s quiet and he’s down to earth. He’s not walking around the paddock like he’s the king. He does the best he can on the track every day and I have a lot of respect for him.”—Casey Stoner on Marc Marquez. (via twenty6-x)
It’s been a very difficult day to forget and this is what we’ll try, turn the page. It was all pretty weird, do not normally happen, as in the morning, when I made a small error. I’ve gone over and going into the grass I crashed.
When I was about to finish training, I went out for a spin and check that everything was fine after the fall. Upon completion time and passed the finish line, was completed around to address pit when the third curve, which is in itself quite quickly, I’ve seen a pilot. No longer come pulling hard, but this circuit is fast on its own and in that curve, which is usually done in fifth, perhaps came in fourth gear.
When I turned away after he was seen Wilairot and I could not stop. I hope that’s OK, because it was a very ugly fall into what it is I have not done anything and I send encouragement.
In the afternoon we tried to take over the trust and feelings because we had to return to the previous bike, with the old chassis. I struggled a bit to adapt again, but will continue working tomorrow and it is clear that we will not surrender.
In the penalty imposed me little I can say it is a Race Direction decision and we must respect, but not share.
"Actually I really sad about this, but I cant do nothing except keep my support and prayer for Marc. I know I got much hate but yeah this is me, Marc’s fan I have responsibility to support him, no matter what. Animo Marc! Vamos 93!"
Márquez Handed Qualification Penalty at Philip Island
The Moto2 Championship leader will have one minute added to his qualifying time at the Iveco Australian Grand Prix, after Race Direction ruled he rode irresponsibly during the first practice session on Friday.
Team CatalunyaCaixa Repsol rider Marc Márquez will have one minute added onto his best lap time in Saturday’s qualifying session at the Iveco Australian Grand Prix, after being penalised by Race Direction for an incident involving Ratthapark Wilairot during the Friday morning practice session at Phillip Island.
Márquez and Wilairot collided at the end of the session once the chequered flag had been passed by both riders, in an incident in which Márquez crashed into the back of the Thai rider. After reviewing the incident Race Direction decided to hand Márquez the one-minute penalty.
In a statement the FIM said that Márquez had ridden in “an irresponsible manner, causing danger to Wilairot which is an infringement of Article 1.21.2 of the 2011 FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix Regulations”.
An appeal was lodged by Márquez’s team, following which FIM Stewards confirmed the decision of Race Direction. The decision of the FIM Stewards is final.
Thank you dear @vettel_fan94 for letting me know about this new article from Motorsport-total.com about Tommi. Since I can’t speak German I used Google Translate but the translation was so weird I hesitated to post this… however it was so hilarious I think it’s worth sharing for a laugh.
Uh oh… This is made my day, Thanks everybody ha ha
Sebastian Vettel,091011 For his 2nd World Champion Tittle, F1 Suzuka, Japan.
Gleich nach der Zieldurchfahrt war Sebastian Vettel den Tränen nahe: Im Alter von nur 24 Jahren und 98 Tagen hat er sich zum jüngsten Doppelweltmeister der Formel-1-Geschickte gekrönt. In seinem Blog schreibt er über das Geheimnis des Erfolgs, das hohe Niveau der anderen Teams und seine Motivation für die nächsten Rennen.
Hallo aus Suzuka,
unfassbar. Ich kann gar nicht richtig beschreiben, wie unglaublich ich mich gerade fühle. Sicher hat mit dem einem Punkt alles schon sehr nah gewirkt, aber man weiß ja, wie schnell hier etwas schief gehen kann. Unser Geheimnis war, dass wir uns nie darauf verlassen haben zu siegen, sondern jeden Schritt, jede Stufe einzeln genommen haben und dafür sind wir am Schluss zusammen als Team belohnt worden. Dahin geht auch mein erster Dank - an mein ganzes Team, das über die ganze Saison eine geniale Arbeit gemacht und immer und überall hundert Prozent gegeben hat. Vielen Dank an Euch, Ihr seid die Besten!
An der Stelle muss ich aber natürlich auch unsere Jungs und Mädels in der Fabrik in Milton Keynes gebührend erwähnen - ohne die Leute zuhause, die sieben Tage die Woche hart arbeiten, wären wir nicht hier und dürften den Doppelweltmeistertitel feiern. Natürlich danke ich auch meiner Familie, meinen Freunden und allen Fans in Heppenheim und der ganzen Heimat, die mich immer unterstützt und mir den Rücken freigehalten haben, aber ganz zum Schluss auch der ganzen Red Bull Familie in Österreich - es ist eine Freude, teil davon zu sein und ich hoffe, dass wir in Zukunft noch viel gemeinsam feiern dürfen.
Nicht zurücklehnen und ausruhen
Das Rennen heute war wirklich hart, spannend bis zum Schluss und eine wahnsinnige Herausforderung. Man hat einfach heute gesehen, wie hoch das Niveau ist, auf dem sich alle Teams befinden, weil das Feld am Ende wirklich sehr nah beieinander war. Natürlich werden wir uns jetzt, wo wir unseren ersten Titel verteidigt haben, nicht zurücklehnen und ausruhen, immerhin gibt es ja noch einen Titel, den wir holen wollen. Deshalb werden wir auch in den letzten Rennen voll angreifen und das Maximum aus uns herausholen.