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Nov 4, 2011

Author Mark Gardiner: Make Noise To Memorialize Marco Simoncelli At 10:30 a.m. Sunday

FIRST PERSON/OPINION

Via e-mail:

A couple of days ago, after I read Paolo Simoncelli (Marco's dad) comment that Marco would rather have a minute of all the MotoGP bikes at Valencia revving their motors than a minute of silence, something occurred to me...

What if we all did that, all around the world? Something a little less than a minute of silence; say, 58 seconds. And something a lot more (noisy).

At first, I thought we should all do it at exactly the same time, but the more I thought about it, I realized that 10:30 a.m. in Valencia is the crack of dawn on the west coast of the U.S., and late at night in Japan. And, I liked the idea of people doing it at 10:30 in their own time zone, creating a 'wave' that would begin about 12 hours before the Valencia rev-up, way out in the western Pacific, and end about 12 hours later in Hawaii. We'd literally wave good-bye.

I wrote a blog post to that effect, and it generated a few hundred extra hits that first day. Then, in the next 24 hours, it generated thousands of hits. Someone coined a hashmark, #MakeNoiseForMarcoSunday, on Twitter. I created a Facebook group with the same name. Now, the question is, can we create a global event in the 3 days (roughly) we have before the official Valencia memorial?

Wouldn't it be great if, all around the world, motorcyclists stopped what they were doing at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, and revved up their bikes? If they make a video of it, or just want to comment about it, they can do so on the #MakeNoiseForMarcoSunday Facebook group.

Please help to make it happen! Popularize #MakeNoiseForMarcoSunday on your blog, website, Twitter, bathroom wall,.. anywhere you can. For more information, people can check my blog (www.bikewriter.com) or search #MakeNoiseForMarcoSunday on Facebook.

I have this idea that Marco -- who had often been a divisive figure in racing, although he was widely popular among fans -- could be a unifying figure in the wider community of motorcyclists.

Thanks.

Mark Gardiner
Kansas City, Missouri
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