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The motorcycle racing world, and race enthusiasts, are still in shock over the death one of the most recognizable figures in the sport.

One week after British IndyCar star Dan Wheldon died in a fiery accident, Marco Simoncelli, one of the best MotoGP riders in the world, was killed in a horrific crash at the Malaysian MotoGP race near Kuala Lumpur.

The 24-year-old Italian crashed after being hit by two other riders, and was then sent to the local medical center where he was pronounced dead 45 minutes later of chest, head and neck injuries.

Simoncelli was motionless on the track following the collision, and his helmet had come off.