Malaysian fans chanted for race to continue even after death Exactly a week after British star Dan Wheldon died at the IndyCar 300 in Las Vegas, Gresini Honda rider Marco Simoncelli succumbed to injuries in a crash at the Malaysian Grand Prix at the MotoGP motorcycle race in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday.
Friends and family couldn't help but be mute witnesses to the gruesome crash that took place right in front of their eyes as Simoncelli lost control of his bike on the second lap of the circuit in Sepang and was hit by Colin Edwards and then Valentino Rossi as he slid across the track.
In the crash, the 24-year-old rider's helmet came off and had that not happened, perhaps he would not have been injured so gravely and could have survived.
Simoncelli was immediately taken to the medical centre for treatment but it did not help since he had suffered "serious trauma" to the head, neck and chest.
According to a report in freemalasiatoday.com, Simoncelli had tire marks visible on his neck when he was lying motionless on the track.
The organizers canceled Sunday's race as soon as the extent of Simoncelli's injuries became apparent, a Daily Mail report said.
But then, shockingly, at that moment the crowd behaved in a very insensitive manner. It seems, they wanted the race to continue despite witnessing the horrible accident and loss of a rider.
The 64,000 plus crowd showed their callous nature and wanted the race to continue despite the tragedy as they had paid RM270 for their grandstand tickets, freemalasiatoday.com reported.
According to the report, the fans shouted and yelled and threw packed drinks and rubbish onto the track facing the main grandstand.
The fans apparently wanted the main race to continue in spite of the video footage that showed Simoncelli's girlfriend Kate weeping openly moments after the fatal crash. iBTimes.com
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