>> Marco Simoncelli was born in Cattolica, Italy on January 20, 1987. He was nicknamed as Super Sic.
>> In 1996, he was the runner-up in the Italian Minimoto Championship.
>> In 2002, he won the European 125cc title and took part in the 125cc World Championship with the Matteoni Racing team in 2003. In 2004, he won his first Grand Prix at a rain-soaked Jerez.
>> In 2008, he won his first 250cc race at the Italian GP in Mugello in controversial circumstances when Hector Barbera crashed into him after Simoncelli appeared to try to block him off. Later the same year in October he won the 250cc World Championship after a successful season with Gilera.