Moto GP death heightens fears over race safety

MOTORSPORT suffered its second high-profile fatality in the space of eight days yesterday when Italian motorcycling star Marco Simoncelli died following an accident at the Malaysian Moto GP.

Simoncelli, who was 24, suffered a heart attack after two other drivers collided with him as he skidded across the track, knocking off his helmet. The race was abandoned.

The incident comes amid heightened concern over the safety of motorsport, following the death of British IndyCar driver Dan Wheldon in Las Vegas seven days earlier.