Simoncelli touched a tremendous number of people in his few short years on this earth. More than 20,000 fans attended his funeral in his adopted hometown of Coriano, Italy. That city’s sports arena was renamed in his honor, and so was his home track, now called Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli. His loss leaves a void that won’t be easily filled. Any alien can win a race, but few can entertain and inspire us like he did; like his good friends Valentino Rossi and Kevin Schwantz did before him. That’s why we’ve chosen to honor Marco Simoncelli as our 2012 Motorcyclist of the Year. He was the most human of our many two-wheeled gods. On 34 Sundays he showed us how to live right, work hard, take chances, celebrate successes, apologize when necessary, embrace your friends and family and, above all, always have fun. Thank you, Super Sic, you will be sorely missed.