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GP Week : Issue 139
MOTOGP ITALY >> MEDICAL Director Dr Michele Macchiagodena gave a factual report of the injuries to the fallen Honda rider which clearly explained how seriously he was hurt, and why they had been unable to resuscitate him. “He suffered a very serious trauma to the head, to the neck and the chest. When our medical staff got to him he was unconscious,” he told a sombre Press conference, hosted by the full Race Direction committee. “In the ambulance, because there was a cardiac arrest, they started CPR (cardiac pulmonary resuscitation).” Once in the medical centre, Simoncelli was given full emergency treatment including intubation and the draining of fluids, by Clinica Mobile and local doctors. They battled to re-animate him for 45 minutes, without success. “ We tried to help him for as long as we thought it was possible. Unfortunately it was not possible to help him and at 16:56 (local time) we had to declare he was dead,” concluded Macchiagodena.” Simoncelli’s father was among the crowd gathered outside the medical centre awaiting news, and was comforted by distraught members of the Gresini team. By cruel irony, the same team suffered the last fatality in MotoGP, when Daijiro Kato suffered fatal injuries at Suzuka in 2003. The fight for Marco’s life MOTOGP MALAYSIA >> 31