Our tribute to Marco Simoncelli, ten years later.
A limited edition, luxurious, innovative photo book. A Fine Art photo exhibition. A book with a story that begins and ends in Sepang, during the 2011 season. 254 unpublished photos, stories, analysis and two hours of podcast to explain the art of an extraordinary rider.
Ten years after Marco Simoncelli’s death, at a time when MotoGP has nearly completed an entire generational cycle, the moment has come to give a clearer historical picture to one of the most extraordinary riders of all time.
This editorial effort has a singular focus, to explain Marco Simoncelli, studying his art in order to understand everything he represented. A deeper look into the kind of rider he really was, how his successes and failures shaped his character, his thoughts, beliefs and goals. It also offers a glimpse of what he could have become, given that his life was cut short at the age of 24 while he was fast approaching maturity as a racer and one step away from victory in the premier class.
In the world championship, where he raced for only nine and a half years, he collected less than he could have and should have, but he was loved by so many, nearly reaching sainthood after his death, it has to mean that there was something special in him.
Despite being a source of inspiration for young people, Marco Simoncelli left a legacy that is difficult to transfer because he was a rider who is almost impossible to imitate. His racing style is of unsuspected complexity. From the outside he was spontaneous and impetuous, but in reality his decisions on and off the race track were calculated and focused on his goals of being a winner.
Marco Simoncelli was a dreamer who pursued his goals with extreme determination. In life as in death, he was lost in battle, always believing in himself and the possibility of winning in MotoGP.
He is also a tragic character, beyond just the myths of memory, truly worthy of upholding the banner of his own history. He would have had to be something special to remain such a force in people’s memories. Otherwise, he was only someone famous who raced motorcycles.
Il Silenzio is a coordinated project, structured through three elements.
A valuable, exclusive object, limited and numbered.
It’s not just a book, but an immersive experience.
2011: from Sepang to Sepang. The story of a phenom such as Marco Simoncelli cannot just be told, he has to be explained. We decided to do so by retracing his last season. It is a path that leads to many incursions into his history, helping to understand what animated him, his thought process and his approach to racing.
FINE ART PRINTS.
Taste a new emotion and buy an object that increases its value over time, embellishing your home or office. Among the images that make up the exhibition, 5 have be chosen for you. Each of these will be printed in a maximum of 25 copies, all numbered, stamped and guaranteed with a Hahnemühle Certificate of Authenticity.
Since at certain levels riding a racing motorcycle is an art form, and the Il Silenzio concept is based on the idea of expressing creativity, L’Opera and Il Volume take the form of a photographic exhibition, based on a selection of images contained in the two paper products. All artifacts are printed as Fine Art.
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Born in Modena, a professional journalist and writer attending to motorsports for 30 years, spending much of his career working for the magazine Motosprint. First, following Motocross and Supercross in the USA, then in the MotoGP paddock since 2003. Editor in Chief of Motosprint from 2016 to 2019. In 2019 Enrico founded and took the role of Editor-in-Chief for SLICK Magazine.
Author of several books, Borghi also co-authored alongside Valentino Rossi for the autobiography “What if I never tried it” (Random House) and “Pensa se non ci avessi provato” (Mondadori) for the Italian version.
Enrico Borghi's words
Lazzari began his work in the world of the Motorsport photography 24 years ago, shooting for Autosprint. In 2002, while continuing with F1, WSBK and World Rally competitions, he joined the MotoGP Circus following a project for Phillip Morris sharing the careers of young pilots such as Dovizioso, Lorenzo and Marquez. A Getty Images photographer and author of about forty photographic books in the field, Mirco is characterized by his photographic style that conveys speed, a trait for which he is recognized worldwide. In 2016 he was chosen by Nikon as one of five testimonials in the world for their flagship D5 camera.
Mirco Lazzari's words