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Old 4th November 2011, 12:33   #61
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This is a cross-post from MotoGP thread.

Misano will be renamed after Marco.
Capirossi will be sporting #58 on his bike, rather than #65.
Rossi will be sporting a helmet dedicated to Marco.
Dovi will be wearing #58 closer to his chest.
Gresini's garage will host Marco's bike and helmet for the season finale. I am sure they will feel Marco sitting on the bike, with his big grin.

And #58 will be retired from MotoGP in memory of Marco.
It is going to be sad watching MotoGP this weekend. I already feel a lump in the throat.

We Love You Marco.

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Also, Alonso and Massa (and maybe some others) had 58 on their helmets.
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Unhappy Marco Simoncelli's Funeral Service

Article and pictures from Sic's funeral service from MotoGP Official.

A huge gathering of fans, friends, family members and prominent figures from the world of sport attended the funeral service for the MotoGP rider who passed away on Sunday. The funeral was held at 3pm on Thursday at the Santa Maria Assunta church in Coriano, Simoncelli’s hometown, close to Riccione in the Italian province of Rimini.
The casket arrived at the Assunta church carried by friends and members of the Gresini team, and at 3pm the service commenced. Simoncelli’s Gilera bike, on which he won the 2008 250cc World Championship title, and the Honda RC212V, on which he competed in the MotoGP class were displayed on either side of his casket.
The ceremony was broadcast on a large video screen outside of the church, as well as on an additional large screen installed at the nearby Misano circuit, so that those outside of the church and at the circuit could witness the ceremony. Prior to the service the screens ran footage of the 24 year-old at his charismatic best in the paddock.
Alongside Marco’s father Paolo, mother Rosella, sister Martina and girlfriend Kate, in attendance were current and former fellow riders including Valentino Rossi, Giacomo Agostini, Alex Criville, Simone Corsi, Yuki Takahashi, Raffaele de Rosa, Chaz Davies, Mattia Pasini, Manuel Poggiali, Jorge Lorenzo, Andrea Dovizioso, Randy de Puniet, Loris Capirossi, Toni Elias, Hiroshi Aoyama and Alex de Angelis.
Also present at the services were FIM president Vito Ippolito and CEO of Dorna Sports, Carmelo Ezpeleta, who commented on the services.
“What I experienced this afternoon in Coriano was very moving. After seeing the turnout of citizens, fans and the whole paddock there is no doubt that a great rider and a brilliant person has left us. The outpouring of affection that has been shown demonstrates that he has left his mark.”
“I was impressed by the courage of Marco’s family, and especially the strength of his father, Paolo, who was able to transmit his strength and energy to others.”
“It has been extraordinary to see the MotoGP family come together for Marco Simoncelli. Despite the unfortunate loss, the tribute makes clear the immense affection that people had for him. We will never forget Marco.”
You will be missed!

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Rossi's first reactions to the incident: "I was very shaken up when I got back to my garage. You could immediately tell that it was a serious accident. In the beginning it's very depressing, but after a few days the sadness starts to lift. If I think about Sic, I can't be sad. He was a trouble maker (in the good sense, ed.) both on and off the track, and we need to remember him like that. I was amazed by the wonderful reaction of his family and the general public. It made me realize how many people cared about such a sincere and simple guy. That's the power of sincerity." The Doctor again denied any talk of his retirement. "I thought about whether it was worth it to continue - he admitted - but quitting the sport that we love is the wrong reaction to a tragedy of this nature. Continuing to race is the right thing, and it's what Sic would have wanted. We riders aren't immune to fear, but you can also get hurt doing things that don't seem dangerous at all."
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Heartwarming really.
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