Shoya Tomizawa: Fatal Moto2 Crash

MotoGP Death

During the Moto2 GP race at the Misano World Circuit, on Sunday September 5, motorcycle rider Shoya Tomizawa aged 19 suffered a serious crash and subsequent cranial, thoracic and abdominal trauma.

Given the seriousness of his condition – especially the thoracic and abdominal trauma – Tomizawa was immediately treated at the Misano World Circuit medical center and put under artificial respiration.

The Moto2 racer was taken by ambulance to the Riccione hospital accompanied by two doctors – helicopter was not used in order to allow for the proper respiratory support to be administered. Despite various attempts to resuscitate him Shoya sadly succumbed to his injuries at 14.20.

Tomizawa had made his career mark at the inaugural 2010 FIM Moto2 Grand Prix, as the new 600cc four-stroke racebikes had replaced the traditional 250cc class.

When the checkered flag was waved, Technomag-CIP’s Shoya Tomizawa rode into the history books as the first ever Moto2 race winner.

That was only 19-year-old Japanese rider’s 19th Grand Prix start, were he so expertly took the lead on the sixth of 20 laps and held off the challenges of a determined quartet just behind.

Tomizawa pulled steadily away over the final six laps to win the historioc Moto2 race by 4.656 seconds.

Now, the entire MotoGP racing paddock and motorcycling racing world has been stunned and deeply saddened.

Ultimate MotorCycling, along with many of the MotoGP teams riders and sponsors are extending our deepest condolences to Shoya’s family and friends at this tragic loss.

  • Date of Birth: December 10th, 1990
  • Birthplace: Chiba, Japan
  • Team: Technomag-CIP
  • Machine: Suter MMX
  • Grand Prix Debut: 2006 in Japan at Motegi in the 125cc class
  • GP Wins: 1 (Inaugural Moto2 race in Qatar)

Tweets from around the world:

> Sky News Newsdesk SkyNewsBreak – Japanese motor cyclist Shoya Tomizawa has died after crashing during a

> Moto2 race at the San Marino circuit. about 3 hours ago via web

> RIP Shoya Tomizawa – Another young talent taken too soon… Thoughts to his family and friends… about 3 hours ago via web

> Shoya Tomizawa RIP about 3 hours ago via CoTweet

> Shoya Tomizawa killed in Moto2 horror crash at San Marino GP

> Shoya Tomizawa sadly passed away today in hospital after a horrible crash at Misano. Our thoughts are with his family and friends. #Moto2 less than 20 seconds ago via ÜberTwitter

> RIP Shoya Tomizawa GBU :'( less than 20 seconds ago via Perhaps

> RIP Shoya Tomizawa #tomizawa half a minute ago via Flusr

> In this 4 weeks, Moto GP (from 125cc class,Moto2 class,and MotoGP class) had lost 2 youngster drivers, Peter Lentz and Shoya Tomizawa. RIP. 11 minutes ago via web

> My thoughts’re with the family,friends&team of Shoya Tomizawa. The #Moto2 rider will be sadly missed, he was a great guy. RIP

> MotoGP pays tribute to Shoya Tomizawa

> R.I.P Shoya Tomizawa… What a pity, he was only 19 shoya tomizawa died on a tragic accident.. after being hit from behind by another rider 3 minutes ago via web

> MotoRaceFeed RIP Shoya Tomizawa – Another young talent taken too soon… Thoughts to his family and friends… 3 minutes ago via TwitBird

> Tomizawa dies after crash at San Marino: Moto2 rider Shoya Tomizawa dies after a crash at the San Marino Gran…  #moto2

> Just seen the moto2 crash. made me feel sick. r.i.p

> RIP Shoya Tomizawa ,its horrible!! 🙁

> Until now i still remember Shoya Tomizawa sweetest smile! I’ll miss you and i love you 🙁

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One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007 and is currently Editor at Large at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of 365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).