For the second weekend running the world of motorsport was left mourning one of its own after exciting young Italian rider Marco Simoncelli was killed in a horrific accident at Sunday’s Malaysian round of the MotoGP championship at Sepang.
The race was cancelled when Gresini Honda rider Simoncelli fell on the second lap and was hit by Colin Edwards and then as he slid across the track.
Simoncelli's helmet was knocked off and he was immediately rushed to the on-site medical centre for treatment.
But the 24-year-old Italian, who was left motionless on the track after the impact, could not be saved.
His mother Rossella, father Paolo and girlfriend Kate watched in horror as Simoncelli's bike was smashed to pieces after his dramatic loss of control in the second lap.
They wept in shock as the unconscious rider was taken to the medical centre at the track in Sepang for treatment, but his injuries to the chest, head and neck were too serious for him to be saved.
Fans were also spotted huddled near the track sobbing over the rider's death. He had only moved up to MotoGP level last year.
Hundreds of mourners, meanwhile, gathered for the funeral of Buckinghamshire-born Wheldon at his adopted home of St Petersburg, Florida, on Saturday. Another memorial service was held on Sunday in downtown Indianapolis, the scene of Wheldon’s greatest triumphs.