Marco Simoncelli
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Simoncelli dies after Moto GP crash

ITALIAN sport was in shock Sunday after Marco Simoncelli died following a crash at the Malaysian MotoGP motorcycle race. He was 24.

Simoncelli nicknamed Sic or SuperSic died of chest, head and neck injuries after he lost control of his Honda at turn 11 four minutes into the race, and swerved across the track, straight into the path of American rider Colin Edwards and Valentino Rossi of Italy.

Rossi, a good friend of Simoncelli's, was clearly distraught and was unable to say anything in the immediate aftermath of the accident. He left a short message on Twitter later Sunday.

"Sic for me was like a younger brother, as strong on the track as he was sweet in life,'' Rossi wrote. "I still can't believe it. I will miss him a lot.''

In Italy, there was a minute's silence before all football matches and players wore black armbands as a tribute to the young rider.

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