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Ten Days after Shoya Tomizawa lost his life in a horrific Moto2 crash at the Misano Grand Prix, the spirited young rider was laid to rest in his home country of Japan.

The funeral took place in Asahi, Chiba, and over 1,000 people came to pay their respect to Tomizawa. Technomag-CIP team boss Alain Bronec was present to say farewell to his 19-year-old racer, along with Japanese World Championship riders Yuki Takahashi and Tomoyoshi Koyama.

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MotoGP reported that Tomizawa’s coffin was surrounded by an arrangement of flowers, photos and his racing attire.

At the Misano Grand Prix, Tomizawa was involved in a three-bike wreck involving Scott Redding and Alex de Angelis. Tomizawa was struck Redding and de Angelis’ 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.

RIP Shoya.

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Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling.

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