The Italian GP at Mugello kicked off with a special tribute, as Marco Simoncelli was posthumously inducted into the MotoGP Hall of Fame as a MotoGP Legend.

A popular figure in the MotoGP paddock, Simoncelli tragically lost his life in 2011, during the second lap of the Malaysian Grand Prix.

Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta officially inducted Marco as a MotoGP Legend at the Italian circuit, with Marco’s father Paolo Simoncelli present.

Marco Simoncelli is the latest rider to receive grand prix motorcycle racing’s honor, since Casey Stoner was inducted to the Hall of Fame last year at Phillip Island.

Only 21 grand prix riders have received this honor, with Kevin Schwantz, Kenny Roberts Sr., and Giacomo Agostini being among them.

In addition to being the 2008 250cc World Champion, Simoncelli’s record includes 15 pole positions, 31 podiums, and 14 victories across the three Grand Prix classes.

Source: MotoGP

  • RedRuffnSore

    I admired Simoncelli but “MotoGP Legend”?

  • Craig

    Yes, legend! You shouldn’t even go there but some people can’t help themselves. He may not have been a legend in motogp class but he was in so many other ways; the intangibles.
    And he won more races than most of us will attend.


  • Conrice

    It’s a shame, because I honestly think he’d be competition for Marquez right now. The “it” factor – SuperSic had that in spades. Had he lived, he would have thrived in GP – and I’m sure there wouldn’t be any doubt about naming him a legend if he were still alive today. There are a lot of parallels between SuperSic and MM93. They had a similar riding style, and other riders didn’t like it. JLo and DP acted the same way towards Simoncelli as they did towards MM93 last year.

    He didn’t have the WC, but he surely would have by now.

  • emem

    Dorna states that in order to be considered a MotoGP Legend, a rider must simply be a ‘key protagonist’, and a key protagonist Simoncelli was.

    Considering he never won the premier championship title or even a top tier race for that matter, I did find it a little strange until I did a little research and found the above.

    I was never a fan of his racing style but admit his dim-witted yet affectous personality had a positive impact in the racing paddock.