'Mechanics and friends of Marco asked me if I could do something to remember him by, not least as they were convinced I would finish on the podium,' explains Yamaha Factory Racing's Rossi, who would eventually end the race in fourth position.
'I also had a hope of doing so, so we thought we would make a flag honouring 'Sic'.'
This would not be the first Marco Simoncelli tribute over the weekend, as on Friday evening Fausto Gresini and members of his team, plus Repsol Honda Team's Livio Suppo and Dorna Sports' Carmelo Ezpeleta, took time to place a bouquet of flowers at Turn 11, where Simoncelli's untimely accident had occurred in 2011. Later on Sunday, far away from sultry Sepang, almost 3,000 riders participated in a parade run at Brno in the Czech Republic. The event, staged for the second consecutive year, saw the public enjoying two laps of the Grand Prix circuit as well as setting a new record of 2,988 for the number of motorcyclists on the Brno track.