The final race of the Moto GP season scheduled at the Spanish circuit of Cheste, near Valencia, will take place Sunday in the memory of Italian rider Marco Simoncelli.
Simoncelli lost his life in a crash in the previous round held in Malaysia Oct 23. Rather than ask for a minute's silence in the memory of his son, Simoncelli's father has asked the riders in Sunday's race to commemorate him with a minute of revving up their engines.
And it is certain to be a spine-tingling moment as the riders and fans remember the 24-year-old, Xinhua reported. Simoncelli's memory has hung over Cheste during the preparations for the race with fans carrying banners bearing his name and racing number 58 to the practice sessions and with mechanics wearing armbands with number 58 written on them. Meanwhile, a 16-metre long wall has also been erected at the circuit for fans to leave their own messages for the rider.
Australian Casey Stoner, who has already been crowned World Champion, will start from pole after finishing quickest (1min 45.513sec) in qualifying on Saturday.