After living and working in Italy for the last four years, I can say that the farce and tragedy that was witnessed by all does not come as a surprise to me at all unfortunately. Watching the news, then the incident again and the handling of the Tomizawa and Redding was almost surreal, and if it wasn’t so tragic it would of been comical; a skit you would expect to see played out by Monty Python seeing the way the marshals man handled the riders. However it was real and it happened and unfortunately a young person lost his life.
The investigation is needed, and I hope it will hold accountable the individuals and also Dorna as the promoter and organiser and bring to light the real truth. According to Dorna, trained medical staff were apparently on or near the scene (according to race officials doctors where in an ambulance behind the barriers). You guys have probably read it already but here is the official version of the event from race direction http://www.motogp.com/en/news/2010/Press+Conference+Race+Direction+Shoya+Tomizawa
To my way of thinking, if this is the case, the fact that the events were allowed to unfold as they did is negligent. Somebody with the sort of injuries sustained by Tomizawa as described by Dr Macchiagodena, should not of been manhandled the way he was and it seems obvious that the marshals were not adequately trained which is not their fault but that of the organisers. I take on board acquarius’ point about the Marshals role, however this is not even close to being appropriate. The race should have been red flagged and the ambulance allowed on the scene immediately.
I hope Tomizawa’s legacy to MotoGp goes beyond his racing and will once and for all force the authorities and promoters who seem to be a law unto themselves, make security and safety the priority and adopt safety protocols similar to those that exist else where in the world rather than favour TV rights and commercial sponsorships.
As spectators and fans we also can act on this matter, collectively we can have an impact by simply lobbying (writing a letter to Dorna and major sponsors) and then boycotting watching and attending MotoGp events. I for one will be giving MotoGp a miss until something fairdinkum is done.