Marco Simoncelli, the rising star of MotoGP who tragically lost his life in a racing accident at Sepang in 2011, will be inducted into the Hall of Fame later this year.
The former 250GP world champion will become the 21st rider to be given MotoGP Legend status, joining iconic names like Giacomo Agostini, Mike Hailwood, Kenny Roberts, Barry Sheene, John Surtees, Phil Read and Angel Nieto.
Simoncelli was establishing himself as a constant podium contender in 2011 when he was killed in an accident involving Valentino Rossi and Colin Edwards during that year’s Malaysian Grand Prix.
The Italian was carving out a reputation as an aggressive rider, who fans had taken to their heart for his uncompromising approach on track.
He was also gaining huge popularity with a captivating personality off the track and a famous Jimi Hendrix replica mop of hair that made him an instantly recognisable figure.
Simoncelli will be inducted into the Hall of Fame during a special ceremony at the Italian MotoGP round in Mugello.