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Matthew Birt  says:

Misano MotoGP: Shoya Tomizawa dies after Moto2 accident

Shoya Tomizawa, winner of the first ever Moto2 race in Qatar back in April, has died from injuries he suffered in a crash during the Misano Grand Prix today. The Japanese rider was fighting in the lead group when he lost control in fourth place approaching the super-fast back straight section on lap 12. The 19-year-old was struck by Italian rider Alex...

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Jan 10

Posts: 201

nickyb65 says:

Shoya's death in MOTO2

I watched live the MotoGP race yesterday, I did not watch MOTO2. When I heard the news from the paddock team on the TV I was very sad that this had happened to Shoya, and my thoughts are to his family, friends and of course the rest of the team.

Pedrosa, VR and Lorenzo seemed (as you would of course expect) seemed totally shocked by this accident - it was genuine grief for a fellow Motorcyclist, forget about wining the MotoGP race, this brought it all home to the other riders and teams.

All of us, from the bottom of riding talent like me, to the top like Shoya, VR, Pedrosa, Lorenzo etc..share one in thing common, the love of Motorcycling, and this unites us together.

RIP Shoya

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Sep 10

Posts: 108

marchwitty says:

My heart felt sympathy goes out to his family and team at this terrible time.

The difference between SBK and MotoGP when Kato died at Assen, the race was red flagged. Motogp didn't even both and appeared to almost throw him on the stretch!  I find this totally appaling. 

Then to see the ghoals coming out of the woodwork to show a video which they thought was Shoya's accident to be Kato's, obviously not true fans of the sport.

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Sep 10

Posts: 3

Dener says:

Paul Butler

Terrible to see RIP Tomi-san

The official statement on this is poor no substance Scott had no problem ? uh

Should Paul Butler Resign over track safety issue
Riders down / Debris / Oil water on track / Marshall's / Doctors on track

In WSBK yesterday there was a RED FLAG over riders down
and if it was BSB It would be a given they'd RED FLAG it.
Was was Paul Butler doing

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Jul 09

Posts: 3

Bad Marshalling!!!

I totally agree with you, the marshalls should never have moved him, they could have caused more damage, the race should have been red flagged, it would never have happened here, our marshalls are the best in the world, I felt sick when I watched it! Such a sad moment.

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Jun 09

Posts: 94

russ8655 says:


gomeifuku wo inorimasu Shoya Tomizawa

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Feb 10

Posts: 16

jaybe says:

Tomizawa's accident

I think race direction have a lot to answer for following Tomizawa'a accident. Have they not learned anything from Kato's fatal crash at Suzuka back in 2003? The way they chucked Scott Redding on the stretcher and then dropping Tomizawa's stretcher in their hast to clear the track was disgraceful. Race direction said that he was treated behind the safety barriers and that the debris was cleared very quickly so the race didn't need to be stopped, but from what I saw, it looked like they were more interested in clearing the track asap!

Like in BSB, the race should have been red flagged as soon as the rider remains motionless, get the ambulance/medics to the scene, stabilise and treat the rider trackside, only then should the rider be carefully removed for further specialist treatment.

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Jan 03

Posts: 5

tinlid says:


I'm not sure the red flag issue isn't one for people watching on TV to decide on whether it was used properly if we weren't there. It's not like the red flag hasn't been used in Moto2 already this season. In fact I think at Sachsenring and Indy it was out too. I agree that some of the marshalling might have been left wanting, but again having done some marshalling before I know you're only looking after the interests of all the riders and trying to do things as quickly and efficiently as possible fo everyone's safety. The marshal who let go of the stretcher will be devastated himself and of course wouldn't have wanted to do that.

Can't we just all be extremely sad that a rider has died from his injuries instead of having to blame someone and accept it was a freak occurence and accident and everyone tried to do their best for him?

It is a sad loss for all of motorcycline as he was a big talent. RIP.

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Feb 09

Posts: 39

Rest In Peace

Please DORNA, learn some lessons from these events - Red Flag as soon as you see someone motionless and do not move them; as for dropping the poor guy when on the stretcher! - the other (fat) marshall couldn't even run with the doctors sign so why try running with a body with serious trauma! If any marshalls are going to go on the track it needs to be with hi-vis and flag to wave riders away from the prone rider(s) on the track.

Get well soon Scott

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Aug 09

Posts: 11

belize1981 says:


Would just like to send my sympathy to all who knew and were related to Shoya Tomizawa for he was not only a truely talented rider but seemed to be a very nice guy, always smiling and was true to the spirit of riding and racing motorcycles.  Its sad reminder what these guys put on the line and why I am in awe of them everytime I watch them.  

R.I.P Tomizawa  

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Feb 09

Posts: 67


i don't think its a case of looking for someone to blame. i think its a case of looking for someone to inprove the marshals training. everyone is different we as fans see incompitent marshals, poor race direction, you've marshalled and had training so you can see it from both sides.however being at brands hatch on the corner where craig jones came off, the red flag was out within 5 seconds.they treated him ther because he was unconscious.the marshals that day were brill and got more of an applause than the wining fans were annoyed and i think we have a right to be.i also think they needed the red flag as it was the fastest part of the track.

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