Italian Superbike makers Aprilia have donated the late Marco Simoncelli’s 250GP championship winning Gilera to be put up on display at the Simoncelli memorial museum in his honour.
The rise of ‘Super Sic’ would always be embedded in our memories with the Gilera RSA250 on which he went on to win the title in 2008, adorned with his trademark 58# number. The bike was handed over to Paolo Simoncelli, Marco’s father yesterday. Luigi Dall’Igna, Aprilia’s Technical and Sport Director who came to deliver the bike stated, “Marco is an important part of history for Aprilia and the entire Piaggio Group. With us, astride the Gilera 250, he won a World Championship and thrilled millions of fans, leaving an indelible mark on the world of motorcycle competitions and in the hearts of those who had the good fortune of working with him.”
Paolo Simoncelli, who had also received his son’s white Gresini Honda RC212V at Mugello, said, “Another special day, another gesture that fills the hearts of our family in memory of a victory which made Marco happy and proud on 20 October 2008 astride this bike he achieved a dream he had always had.” The Marco Simoncelli Foundation was created in his honour to help sustain humanitarian projects for the needy, especially young people. Simoncelli took six and 12 podium places on the way to the 2008 250GP crown.
You will always remain in our hearts and your legacy will live forever ‘Super Sic’.