Simoncelli killed in horror MotoGP crash
Italian MotoGP rider Marco Simoncelli has died after a horror crash in the Malaysian Grand Prix.
The 24-year-old Simoncelli had his helmet knocked off in the accident, which occurred when the Italian lowsided from his bike at turn 11.
His bike veered across the track and he fell and was hit by Colin Edwards and Valentio Rossi.
The race was immediately cancelled.
"It is official. He is dead. He succumbed to his injuries," said an official with Dorna, the company that runs MotoGP.
Simoncelli, who was motionless on the track after the impact, had been fourth at the end of lap one.
Edwards also fell but escaped serious injury, while Rossi, on a Ducati, was able to return to the pits.