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   Loss of a Great Rider

    Monday, October 24, 2011

Author: George Lowry

It's nearly 24 hours since Marco Simoncelli's tragic passing and like Stoner, Rossi and all Marco's competitors as well as GP fans around the world I feel devastated and sick in the stomach.
Marco was a champion human being. God bless you Marco and RIP.

There is no doubt as a result of Marco's death the GP community will come together to mourn, examine, comfort, extol, improve and remember a great rider and human being. Marco's family and close friends will be loved and supported by this great community. Teams, race organisers and fans will seek to make improvements, increase safety and ensure Marco's life is remembered long after he is gone.

As I think about Marco, I also think of the West Australians who have had their lives tragically cut short as a result of accidents on trail or quad bikes this year (let alone the last 10 years). As a member of the WA riding community I find myself wondering what have I done to mourn, examine, comfort, extol, improve and remember these great people and part of my community. The answer I am very sorry to say is nowhere near enough!

Surely as part of the riding community I can do something to ensure these riders are remembered whether by improvements to the sport, increased safety, being accountable to riding colleagues, staying in touch with the families left behind.

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