Motorcycle Racing News Shoya Tomizawa: Family & Team Homage

Shoya Tomizawa: Family & Team Homage

Moto2 Fatal Crash

Tragedy struck the motorcycle racing world on Sunday, as Moto2 rider Shoya Tomizawa was involved in a three-bike wreck during the Misano Grand Prix.

The 19-year-old Japanese rider was struck by two other motorcycles, and was later pronounced dead at the Riccione Hospital from cranial, thoracic and abdominal trauma.

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. 

As the many paddocks across motorcycle racing continue to mourn, the following homage was released from Tomizawa’s family and team:

Shoya Tomizawa was one of the rays of sunshine in the paddock and within his team. He never missed an opportunity to dedicate a smile or a ‘hello’ to anybody he encountered.

He enjoyed having fun with his colleagues but was also a very professional rider who was spirited, and fully concentrated on the development of his bike after every ride. All were impressed by his talent and his refined style of riding. He worked hard to give his maximum not only for himself but for everybody in his team, who had become a second family with whom he spent most of his free time between races.

We have not only lost a talented rider, we have lost a friend and a son who radiated the joy of life and transmitted a good feeling to all those around him. This will always remain in our memories.

We write these lines as a thank you to all those who have sent us messages of condolence during these past hours. Through these messages we have achieved a great feeling of warmth. This great support shows that Shoya was not just appreciated by his own family and friends, but by many more.

Without Shoya nothing will be as it was before, but thanks to its passion for the sport and the encouragement of his family the Technomag-CIP team will continue its adventure and challenges in Moto2.

His parents want us to keep his smile and mischievous look in our memory, and remember that he passed away doing what he loved.

Cordially,

Parents, team, CIP and Technomag

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
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 Online Editor 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).

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