The MotoGP paddock has reconvened in Valencia for its final round of the 2011 season, and percolating at the top of everyone’s mind here is the passing of Marco Simoncelli. While the Italian’s death has been talked about non-stop the past week or so, with the MotoGP community together again for the first time since SuperSic’s passing, the emotions here are still very raw (A&R is coming to you live from Valencia, Spain this race weekend).
With the riders unanimous on the importance of racing, and everyone honoring Simoncelli in his or her own way, the final official tribute to Marco will come on Sunday at 10:15am local time. In a more fitting manner to honor Marco Simoncelli, over the course of MotoGP’s tribute there will be a minute of noise, in lieu of the usual minute of silence. Suggested by Marco’s father, Paolo Simoncelli, the celebration of SuperSic’s career will be a boisterous affair, with presumably all the bikes in the paddock revving their motors to honor the Italian racer.
If you want to join in on honoring Marco Simoncelli, Moto-Journalist Mark Gardiner has been putting together a Twitter campaign to have motorcyclists perform their own “un minuto di casino” as the appointed hour (FYI, Mark says 10:30am) sweeps across other timezones, creating a virtual wave of motorcycle engine noise. You can help promote the tribute by retweeting this tweet here, and if you do participate, be sure to send us some photos.
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