Marco Simoncelli was born on the 20th of January 1987 in Cattolica, Italy. He battled his way up through the smaller classes of racing despite a lanky six-foot frame, eventually securing a ride with Honda in MotoGP. His second season with Honda saw him secure 2 pole positions and 2 podiums finishes, including a career best 2nd place finish in Australia. Just one week after this triumph Marco tragically passed away on track at the Malaysian Grand Prix. He will always be remembered for his mop of hair, his aggressive riding style, and his charismatic personality.