MotoGP fans around the world associate race number '58' with late Marco Simoncelli. Officials from MotoGP have decided to retire Simoncelli's race number at the upcoming Misano GP. Carmelo Ezpeleta, Dorna CEO will conduct a press conference to retire the '58' race number.
A special tribute will be organised in memory of Marco Simoncelli as well. The Misano circuit was renamed Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli Italy in honour of the local rider. Family and friends will reunite once again to remember and honour the MotoGP Legend.
Simoncelli debuted into the 125cc category back in 2003, ever since then, he has adorned the race number 58. Loris Capirossi was the last rider to use the race number 58 at Valencia to honour 'Super Sic'. After the number is retired officially no one can use it in the two-wheeler world championship.
October 23, 2016, will mark Marco Simoncelli's fifth anniversary. The Italian rider was known for his intimidating nature on track, while off track he came across as an extremely friendly individual. Marco Simoncelli will always be missed by the MotoGP paddock.
Marco Simoncelli passed away in a tragic accident at the 2011 Sepang GP. Simoncelli's Gresini lost grip and was going off track, however, it suddenly regained traction. This brought him in front of Valentino Rossi and Colin Edward's path, thus causing a fatal accident.