Marco Simoncelli Memorial
Friday marks a very special day in Coriano, Italy – the birthday of the late Marco Simoncelli, one of MotoGP’s rising stars who perished in a fatal crash during Sepang MotoGP on Oct. 23, 2011.
“Super Sic” would have turned 25 on Jan. 20, and to remember Marco, his hometown of Coriano organized several events in the Palazzetto dello Sport, commemorating the man who raced using the number 58.
The ceremonies began with with Coriano’s Special Commissioner, Maria Virginia Rizzo and Simoncelli’s father Paulo, officially designated the sports area as “Palazzetto dello Sport Marco Simoncelli” in the presence of family members, public authorities and sports enthusiasts. Teachers and students of Coriano’s School of Music “Draghi” provided music for the event.
MotoGP reports that following the ceremony, projected images of a large mural to be dedicated to the 2008 250cc World Champion and created by street artist David “Eron” Salvadei in the coming months were projected on the sports arena walls.
MotoGP says: “In addition, the local public transportation agency and TRAM services will assign the number 58 to the public line that travels from Riccione to Coriano. Work continues on the refurbishment of the area where his statue will stand.
“The monument will portray ‘SuperSic’ on the podium at Phillip Island in 2011, his final podium of the talented rider’s MotoGP adventure.”