Young talented Japanese rider tragically dies at Misano- Moto2-Image courtesy MotoGP

Moto2 Sep 5th 2010- Official statement by MotoGP – On Sunday 5th September during the Moto2 race at the Misano World Circuit, rider Shoya Tomizawa aged 19 suffered a serious crash and subsequent cranial, thoracic and abdominal trauma.

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

The rider 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.

Everybody involved in MotoGP extends its deepest condolences to Shoya’s family and friends at this tragic loss.


Shoya Tomizawa celebrates his first victory in Qatar

Shoya Tomizawa was part of the CIPMoto2 team from France, he took his first win at Qatar Losail international Circuit earlier this year, the first year of the new Moto2 class.

Shoya raced successfully in the All Japan Road Race Championship, before switching to MotoGP and competed in the 250cc class during 2009.
During todays race on lap 12, Tomizawa fell in Turn 10, a fast right-hand corner, when he was forced wide and lost grip in his rear tyre. He was instantly and unavoidably struck by the bikes of Scott Reading and Alex de Angelis in which he suffered his major injuries. Reading was treated in the circuit medical centre immediately after the crash, receiving ten stitches in a laceration to his back.

Michael Bartholemy:  Scott Reading/ Marc VDS Team Manager

“Scott’s crash was a big one, so we are thankful that the only injury he sustained was a minor laceration on his back. We were deeply saddened by the news that Shoya Tomizawa succumbed to the injuries sustained in a crash during today’s Moto2 race. He was a respected rival and will be sorely missed in the paddock. Like everyone in the Marc VDS Racing Team, my thoughts are with his family and friends at this time.”