Unbelievably its almost 5 years since we lost the growing legend that was Marco ‘Super Sic’ Simoncelli! Marco passed away on 23/10/2011, and has been missed by millions around the world ever since. Had Marco not passed away, there is little doubt that he’d be a World Champion now.
This video shows the highs and lows of his big 2011 breakthrough season. During this season, he consistently qualified among the leading pack, including taking pole position at Catalunya and Essen.
Early in the season he was criticised by opposing riders as being too aggressive – particularly by Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa. He was unlucky in numerous races, where he crashed, or got penalties whilst in podium positions, but he finally go this first podium, coming in at 3rd place at Brno. He then went even further and achieved second place at Phillip Island… his last full GP.
At the time, despite the huge talent at the top of MotoGP, there was a huge lack of big characters in the premier class of motorcycling. Marco rejuvenated this aspect and interacted with the fans like no one before him and built a loyal fan base all around the world. At every GP, the young and the old, hand in hand, wore their SuperSic T-Shirts and their Marco afro wigs!
He was known for his charismatic personality off the track and his fierce aggressive style of riding on the track, here is a video of some of his best moments of 2011 and some of his not so good ones.
Ride Safe up there, Super Sic