As  keen motorcycle racing fans and enthusiastic race team sponsors, Bankstone were deeply saddened this week at the death of Marco Simoncelli over the weekend.

MotoGP lost one of its most flamboyant and engaging characters when Simoncelli died from injuries sustained in a freak accident that saw the wild-haired 24-year old thrown under the wheels of two other bikes, losing his helmet in the impact.

The incident took place just four minutes into the Malaysian Grand Prix in Sepang as Simoncelli, riding with his trademark passion and flare, ran wide and lost his front end. Rather than watching Simoncelli’s Gresini Honda slide away harmlessly beneath him, a horrified crowd saw the tyres dig in as the rider dropped a knee and tried to right his machine, dragging him directly back into the path of oncoming riders.

One of those who hit Simoncelli was fellow Italian and longtime friend Valentino Rossi who described Simoncelli as “like a brother to me.” “He was as tough on the track as he was sweet in life,” Rossi said of the younger man, whose aggressive swashbuckling style he had several times had to defend this season. “I still can’t believe it, I’ll miss him hugely,” Rossi concluded.

Bankstone mourns a sudden and tragic end to a life cut all too short.


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