As the MotoGP World Championship descended upon Malaysia, all eyes and thoughts were on its transcendent young star, who thrilled fans and alienated some rivals with his aggressive riding style.
This year, that star is MotoGP championship leader Marc Marquez. Last year, that star was the fallen Marco Simoncelli.
Reports on the ground from Malaysia indicate the flood of grief and memories last year at Sepang, on the one-year anniversary of Super Sic's death in a crash there, has slowed to a trickle.
There was no mention of Simoncelli in the pre-race press conference. Members of Simoncelli's team, Gresini, will visit the crash site in memory of their friend after practice Friday. But this event is private, unlike the public unveiling of a plaque by Dorna and Gresini last year at the circuit.
Marquez's stunning, swashbuckling rookie season has captured the attention of media and millions of MotoGP fans around the world. But those fans also should always, always, ALWAYS spare a few moments this weekend for Super Sic, who was an archetype for Marquez with his unapologetic, all-or-nothing riding style on track and bubbly enthusiasm for everything and everyone off the track.
Never forget 58.