Italian rider who died after fatal accident at Malaysia MotoGP on the weekend has been flown back to his home country for funeral.
Simoncelli’s father Paolo and fellow rider Valentino Rossi were aboard the flight that arrived at Rome’s Leonardo Da Vinci airport on Tuesday, according to various Italian media reports.
They were greeted by Italian Olympic Committee president Giovanni Petrucci, who then ordered a minute’s silence before all football matches Sunday and players wore black armbands as a tribute to the young rider.
“On Sunday when we held a minute’s silence there was a total demonstration of how much this kid was loved,” Petrucci said.
“We’re here to demonstrate the love and affection for this kid.
Simoncelli died of chest, head and neck injuries after he lost control of his Honda and swerved across the track, straight into the path of American rider Colin Edwards and Rossi.
Rossi, the seven-time world champion, was a good friend of Simoncelli’s.
A public viewing of Simoncelli’s body is planned for Wednesday in the city theatre of his hometown, Coriano, with the funeral scheduled for Thursday.