Motorcycle Racing News MotoGP Honors Shoya Tomizawa at Aragon

MotoGP Honors Shoya Tomizawa at Aragon

Moto2 News

Just under two weeks on from the tragic death of Shoya Tomizawa, winner of the inaugural Moto2 race in Qatar in April of this year and who passed away at the Misano World Circuit on Sunday 5th September, a number of official tributes have been decided upon to honor the Japanese rider.

The entire MotoGP World Championship has reconvened in the Paddock at Aragón in Spain this weekend for the first time since Shoya’s untimely passing, and is united in its wishes to ensure that the popular rider’s memory is honored.

Many inside the Paddock have been making their own gestures with Shoya’s Technomag-CIP team displaying a miniature version of his bike in the team garage and a large number of riders wearing the Japanese rider’s number 48 on their leathers, helmets or bikes.

In Thursday’s official pre-event press conference Moto2 Championship leader Toni Elías suggested that his fellow riders vote for Shoya as the recipient of this season’s Michel Métraux trophy, and they have done so unanimously.

The award recognizes the best rider in the category as selected by his competitors and Michel Metraux’s son Olivier will present the trophy to Shoya’s family at the next Grand Prix in Japan, after IRTA collected the votes at Aragón on Friday morning.

It has also been decided that in recognition of Shoya’s contribution to the sport his number 48 will be retired from the Moto2 World Championship, and his family will receive a memorial plaque with his number on it.

On Sunday, following the MotoGP warm up session for the Gran Premio A-Style de Aragón and at a time yet to be confirmed, the MotoGP community will gather on the main start/finish straight of the circuit where a minute’s silence will be held as a final farewell to Shoya, who was laid to rest in Japan earlier this week.

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).

2021 Indian Chieftain Lineup First Look: 3 Big-Inch Baggers

There are three baggers in the 2021 Indian Chieftain lineup, with just a few changes to the motorcycles this year. There are new colors,...

2021 GasGas Trial Lineup First Look (8 Fast Facts: 3 TXT Racing Models)

The first GasGas motorcycles of the Pierer Mobility AG and Bajaj Auto era have arrived. Those who were expecting wholesale redesigns of the line...

Lieback’s Lounge: This Will All Pass [Thoughts on Simic and Motorcycles]

There is a menace in the air Of tragedies in the making. These lines are from "Late September," written by the American minimalist poet Charles Simic....

Racing Classic Motorcycles: First You Have to Finish by Andy Reynolds [Review]

Author Andy Reynolds’ new book, Racing Classic Motorcycles: First You Have to Finish, is about a man livin’ the classic motorcycle racing dream—with some...

2021 BMW R 18 Test: City and Country Life with the Big Boxer

Let's say we hop into Mr. Peabody's WABAC Machine and set the date for October 1936 and Berlin as a location. With us, we...

Harley-Davidson Tremont Shoes Review: Urban Motorcycle Footwear

In the on-going debate over how much protection is enough, the correct answer for each of us comes from within. Some riders would never...