Updated: Thursday, 19th September 2019 @ 4:44pm

Mancunian music and sports stars unite for tribute single to late MotoGP star Marco Simoncelli

Mancunian music and sports stars unite for tribute single to late MotoGP star Marco Simoncelli

By Kevin Benson

Manchester quartet, The Rainband, have recorded a tribute song to the late MotoGP legend Marco Simoncelli.

The song, titled Rise Again, is now available to buy on iTunes, with profits going to The newly formed Marco Simoncelli Foundation, named in his honour.

The band were approached by the foundation and agreed to write a song.

The money raised will go towards building disabled care homes across the world, a cause close to the racing hero’s heart.

Martin Finnigan, lead singer, said he agreed straight away to donate everything from the single to the work of the foundation.

“It’s a great cause, in the name of a great man and I am proud we are involved,” he said.

Since Sunday the band have raised £6,125 in limited edition merchandise, CDs and sold 1750 downloads on iTunes.

The band also filmed a music video for Rise Again in Simoncelli’s home town of Coriano, Italy.

It is cut with previously unseen family film footage, adding an air of sentiment to the video.

Sporting and music personalities have agreed to get behind the track including, Lewis Hamilton, Mark Webber, Guy Garvey and Jonny Marr.

The Rainband played in front of 60,000 people at the British MotoGP weekend at Silverstone – an event which Mr Finnigan described as being a big honour for the band.

Simoncelli was involved in a collision with fellow riders Colin Edwards and Valentino Rossi during the Malaysian Grand Prix on October 23 2011.

After the crash, Simoncelli was taken to the medical centre at the Sepang International Circuit, where he died of chest, neck and head injuries.

He was seen as the heir to 8 times world champion, Valentino Rossi, but his life was tragically cut short following the accident.

Simoncelli’s glittering career saw him rise through the classes, finally clinching the 250cc World Championship in 2008, aged just 21.

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