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 de Angelis and again by British rider Scott Redding, who had no time to react in one of the fastest parts of the Misano circuit.
Tomizawa suffered multiple life threatening injuries in the accident and was transferred to a nearby hospital in Riccione.
MotoGP bosses though confirmed in a short statement that at 2.20pm local time, Tomizawa had succumbed to his injuries.
Redding, who claimed his first ever Moto2 podium last month, underwent lengthy treatment in the circuit medical centre.
No further details have been released on his condition. Redding is reported to have suffered no serious injuries and was conscious in the medical centre.
Home rider de Angelis was able to walk away unhurt.