Shoya Tomizawa

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Shoya Tomizawa
Qatar Moto2 podium 2010 cropped.jpg
Tomizawa on the podium at the 2010 Qatar Grand Prix.
Nationality  Japanese
Born (1990-12-10)December 10, 1990
Asahi, Chiba, Japan
Died September 5, 2010(2010-09-05) (aged 19)
Riccione, Italy
Website shoya48.com
Motorcycle racing career statistics
Moto2 World Championship
Active years 2010
Manufacturers Suter-Honda
2010 Championship position 13th (82 pts)
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
10 1 2 2 0 82
250cc World Championship
Active years 20082009
Manufacturers Honda
Championships 0
2009 Championship position 17th (32 pts)
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
16 0 0 0 0 34
125cc World Championship
Active years 20062007
Manufacturers Honda
Championships 0
2007 Championship position NC (0 pts)
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
2 0 0 0 0 0

Shoya Tomizawa (富沢 祥也 Tomizawa Shōya?) (December 10, 1990 – September 5, 2010) was a Japanese motorcycle racer. After a successful career in the All Japan Road Race Championship,[1] he switched to MotoGP and competed in the 250cc class during 2009.[2] In the 2010 season he rode in the newly created Moto2 class. Tomizawa won the first race of the new class, at Losail in Qatar, winning by nearly five seconds from Alex Debón and Jules Cluzel.[3] Tomizawa died after sustaining cranial, thoracic and abdominal trauma at the San Marino Grand Prix.[4]

Career[edit]

Tomizawa was born in Asahi City, Chiba. He started pocket bike racing at age 3 in 1994, and moved on to minibikes around 2001. While attending Sousa High School in Chiba, majoring in English, he started to fully participate in the 125cc class of All Japan Road Race Championship and gained 2nd place for 2006 season. Rookie of the Year was an added bonus to start the fast-paced career.

Tomizawa appeared on both 125cc and 250cc class in the following year, finishing 3rd in the 125, and 8th in the 250 for 2007 season. In 2008, he focused on the 250cc class and finished 2nd with his eyes set for global challenge. Upon his high school graduation in March 2009, Tomizawa was recruited by new CIPMOTO-GP250 Team, ended his full-time, first international racing year in 17th place with best results at 10th twice at Motegi and Valencia respectively riding a Honda RS250R.

Tomizawa moved to the new Moto2 class, which replaced 250cc, for 2010. Riding a Suter motorbike, he won the inaugural Moto2 race at Losail, and followed this up with his first Grand Prix pole position and second place at the following round in Spain. He took a further pole position at Brno later in the season. Showing markedly improved form in comparison with his previous years in MotoGP, he was seventh in the championship after ten races. Commentator Toby Moody described him as a "future star".[5]

Death[edit]

Jorge Lorenzo wore a replica of Tomizawa's helmet at the 2010 Aragon Grand Prix as a mark of respect.

Tomizawa was competing in the eleventh round of the inaugural Moto2 World Championship, the San Marino Grand Prix at the Misano World Circuit on September 5, 2010. On lap 12, holding 4th place, Tomizawa fell at the Curvone, a fast right-hand corner, when he was forced wide and lost grip in his rear tyre. He was then struck by the motorbikes of Scott Redding and Alex de Angelis, and suffered cranial, thoracic and abdominal trauma. He was initially taken to the circuit's medical centre, before being transferred to hospital in Riccione.[6][7] He died from his injuries at 14:20 local time in hospital, aged 19.[4] His death was announced at the end of the MotoGP race. The podium flags were lowered to half-mast, and the podium was celebrated without champagne.

Tomizawa was the first on-track fatality at Grand Prix level since his countryman Daijiro Kato was killed in the senior class at Suzuka in 2003.[8] Tomizawa had placed Kato's racing number 74 on his left shoulder as a tribute to him.[9]

Questions have been raised about the treatment of Tomizawa in the aftermath of the crash. Both he and Redding were hurriedly removed from the scene and bundled onto stretchers; the stretcher carrying Tomizawa appeared to be dropped in the gravel trap before he was removed.[10] MotoGP Doctor Claudio Macchiagodena explained that "Many times it is very important to quickly have support. In this situation if you remove quickly, in my opinion, you have more possibility [to help the patient]" - a statement which ignores the possibility of spinal injuries.[11] Alex Hofmann originally reported on German TV that neither Tomizawa nor Redding had suffered life-threatening injuries; he had apparently received this information from Dorna themselves.

It was reported that Rimini's state prosecutor, Paolo Giovagnoli, would begin an inquest that might involve criminal proceedings against as yet unnamed individuals.[12]

Career statistics[edit]

Tomizawa at the 2009 British Grand Prix, held at Donington Park.

By season[edit]

Seas Class Moto Race Win Pod Pole FLap Pts Plcd WCh
2006 125cc Honda 1 0 0 0 0 0 NC
2007 125cc Honda 1 0 0 0 0 0 NC
2008 250cc Honda 1 0 0 0 0 2 26th
2009 250cc Honda 15 0 0 0 0 32 17th
2010 Moto2 Suter 10 1 2 2 0 82 13th
Total 28 1 2 2 0 116 0

By class[edit]

Class Seas 1st GP 1st Pod 1st Win Race Win Pod Pole FLap Pts WCh
125cc 2006–2007 2006 Japan 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
250cc 2008–2009 2008 Japan 16 0 0 0 0 34 0
Moto2 2010 2010 Qatar 2010 Qatar 2010 Qatar 10 1 2 2 0 82 0
Total 2006–2010 2006 Japan 2010 Qatar 2010 Qatar 28 1 2 2 0 116 0

Races by year[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position, races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Class Bike 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Pos Pts
2006 125cc Honda SPA QAT TUR CHN FRA ITA CAT NED GBR GER CZE MAL AUS JPN
Ret
POR VAL NC 0
2007 125cc Honda QAT SPA TUR CHN FRA ITA CAT GBR NED GER CZE SMR POR JPN
22
AUS MAL VAL NC 0
2008 250cc Honda QAT SPA POR CHN FRA ITA CAT GBR NED GER CZE SMR IND JPN
14
AUS MAL VAL 26th 2
2009 250cc Honda QAT
12
JPN
10
SPA
12
FRA
Ret
ITA
Ret
CAT
Ret
NED
Ret
GER
13
GBR
15
CZE
13
IND
DNS
SMR
12
POR
Ret
AUS
15
MAL
16
VAL
10
17th 32
2010 Moto2 Suter QAT
1
SPA
2
FRA
Ret
ITA
6
GBR
6
NED
5
CAT
Ret
GER
18
CZE
10
IND
DNS
SMR
Ret
ARA JPN MAL AUS POR VAL 13th 82

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2008 All Japan Road Race Championship". motoracing-japan.com. Moto Racing Japan. Retrieved 2010-09-05. 
  2. ^ "Shoya Tomizawa". motogp.com. Dorna Sports. Retrieved 2010-09-05. 
  3. ^ "Tomizawa victorious in historic first ever Moto2 race". motogp.com (Dorna Sports). 2010-04-11. Retrieved 2010-04-12. 
  4. ^ a b "Tomizawa killed in Moto2 accident". autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). 2010-09-05. Retrieved 2010-09-05. 
  5. ^ Moody, Toby (2010-05-06). "Tomizawa: Japan's latest future star". autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 2010-09-05. 
  6. ^ "Shoya Tomizawa passes away". motogp.com (Dorna Sports). 2010-09-05. Retrieved 2010-09-05. 
  7. ^ Meadows, Mark (2010-09-05). "Tomizawa fights for life after crash". Reuters (Thomson Reuters). Retrieved 2010-09-05. 
  8. ^ "Moto2 rider Shoya Tomizawa dies after San Marino crash". BBC Sport (BBC). 2010-09-05. Retrieved 2010-09-05. 
  9. ^ "Japanese Moto2 rider Shoya Tomizawa dies after San Marino crash". The Guardian (Guardian Media Group). 2010-09-05. Retrieved 2010-09-06. 
  10. ^ "Shoya Tomizawa dies after Misano crash". Racers Republic (Racers Republic Limited). 2010-09-05. Retrieved 2010-09-06. 
  11. ^ "MotoGP officials explain Tomizawa medical treatment". crash.net (Crash Media Group). 2010-09-06. Retrieved 2010-09-06. 
  12. ^ "Prosecutor considers action over Tomizawa death". crash.net (Crash Media Group). 7 September 2010. Retrieved 8 September 2010. 

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