Gateshead College automotive students have been displaying the
racier side to their talents in completing the latest engineering
The Level 2 and Level 3 students at the college's Skills Academy
for Automotive, Engineering, Manufacturing and Logistics on the
Team Valley have created a mini Moto-GP motorcycle in honour of
racer Marco Simoncelli.
The 24-year-old Italian was predicted by many to be a future
Moto GP world champion before being killed at the Malaysian Grand
Prix in Sepang last October.
The mini replica of his machine is now on display in reception
at the Academy to showcase the expertise and motivation of the
students. The idea for the project came from the students
themselves following the news of Simoncelli's early death.
Student Sarah Louise Gray said: "We wanted to do something very
special to honour Marco, who was not only a great talent but a very
"After careful thought, we felt that this was the best way to do
that. So working from some internet images, we first stripped the
bike down before carefully rebuilding and repainting it.
"We are very proud of what we've achieved and hope that it's a
fitting way to celebrate his life and achievements."
Robin King, lecturer at the Academy, said: "This is an
impressive piece of work, which required the students to show an
extremely high skill level to complete a highly technical and
complex project and the results are outstanding.
"They have used all the skills learnt at the Academy to ensure
every little detail and graphic of Marco's bike has been faithfully
Those involved were L2 Motorcycle Service and Repair Students
Sarah Louise Gray, Jason Doran, Ciaran Donnelly, Liam Flannigan,
Ross Reay, Andrew Davison and Rachel Jones, and Adam Smith, Shane
Knots and Paul Greaves, who are studying L3 Body and Paint.
The Skills Academy for Automotive, Engineering, Manufacturing
and Logistics features top of the range equipment including
state-of-the-art driving simulators, MOT testing equipment, a
rolling road, specialist diagnostic equipment, spray booths and a
dedicated welding workshop.