05 Sep

Siempre In Corazón (still in our hearts)….. The true meaning of his nickname came from the  three letters of his name that were displayed during the race, quickly changed in SuperSic because, yes…. he was that good.

Marco Simocelli  (Sic) died soon after an accident during the 2011 Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang on 23 October 2011 at 24. From that moment there have been so many celebrations of his name and life, some of them I was lucky enough to attend. The last one was held last sunday morning at a place dear to my area bikers’ heart, Passo della Cisa (La Cisa Pass) a mountain pass that marks the division between the Ligurian and Tuscan Apennines. It is located on the border between northern Tuscany (Province of Massa-Carrara) and Emilia-Romagna (Province of Parma), near the source of the Magra River at an altitude of 1,040 meters above sea level.

That road that connects the Lunigiana to the (once) Duchy of Parma, is one of the Italian motorcycling dream road and cannot be missed in the book of a true biker. Every day a pilgrimage of hundreds of riders with various models of motorcycles, test their ability on these curves and bends, to experience the thrill of the Cisa Pass. It’s not a monstrous test, in my beautiful country there are many other giants, but the Cisa Pass is in everyone’s heart. So now you can understand why it was just a matter of time (and fate) before this place took Sic name.  It wasn’t a sad celebration (he wouldn’t have liked it, he always wore a smile on his face, even in the saddest moments) but a happy one, celebrating his life and his dream, along with a touched but serene crowd of bikers and not-bikers, his mom and his dad who discovered the stele designed by the local artist Pino Carcelli. The sketch represents a biker, but if you look closer you can read in it the #58, his number.

I had a lump in my throat in that moment, but then in an absolute silence his father said “He would have said ‘Diobò se è bella’ (My God it is beautiful – Diobò was his personal expression)” and everyone broke the tension with a laughter…

Now this place will be never the same again, a part of our hearts will beat here together…………





Posted by on September 5, 2013 in Uncategorized


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3 responses to “S.I.C.

  1. Gattina

    September 6, 2013 at 9:13 am

    As a non biker I don’t know him of course, but it seems that the gathering was quiet emotional !


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