MotoGP: No.58 retired in honour of Marco Simoncelli
Marco Simoncelli's No.58 has now been retired from MotoGP
Marco Simoncelli, who raced with the No.58 in MotoGP, lost his life at the 2011 Malaysian MotoGP race. As a mark of respect to the Italian grand prix rider, Carmelo Ezpeleta, CEO of Dorna, has declared that the No.58 will be retired from MotoGP. In a ceremony at Misano, Ezpeleta stated that the No.58 now belongs to the Simoncelli family, and will hence only make a return to MotoGP, should they wish a specific rider to use it.
Paolo Simoncelli, father of Marco, was on hand at the event. It was announced that his team - SIC58 Squadra Corse - will now move from the FIM Junior World Championship to the Moto3 World Championship in 2017.
Simoncelli, who died at age 24, was a grand prix rider of great promise, had a total of 14 wins in the 250cc class, 2 wins in the 125cc class and 2 MotoGP podiums. Following his death, his home track was renamed Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli.