MotoGP’s latest race in Malaysia ended tragically today with the death of Italian rider Marco Simoncelli. Early in the race, he lost control during a turn and was crashed into by friend Valentino Rossi and American competitor Colin Edwards.
The picture above shows Simoncelli in fifth place when I attended the race in Mugello this past summer. Seeing the race live made me appreciate this adrenaline-rushing sport, but watching this video of the beloved 24-year-old crushed at the neck by another rider will keep me on edge anytime I watch another race. I wonder if that is what makes this sport so appealing to men – the danger and suspense of what might happen at every turn and take-over.