Dani Pedrosa devastated by Shoya Tomizawa’s death

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Misano MotoGP winner Dani Pedrosa said his fourth success of 2010 meant nothing following the tragic death of Shoya Tomizawa in the earlier Moto2 race.

Pedrosa has cruised to a dominant victory in the 28-lap MotoGP clash when his Repsol Honda crew informed of Tomizawa’s passing in Parc Ferme The 24-year-old, who closed Jorge Lorenzo’s world title lead to 63-points, said: “There are no words to say how it feels after this victory - it feels like nothing.

"I arrived at parc fermé very happy with the win and I immediately felt that the atmosphere among my mechanics was really strange, everybody was serious.

"Still with my helmet on they told me about Tomizawa and I couldn’t react. It was a big shock, a big contrast for me. I asked three times if it was true because I couldn’t believe it. It’s so sad, terrible, and these things should never happen.

"As a person I can only say that he was a very funny boy, always happy and making jokes, and as a rider he earned respect from everybody in a very short time, he was fast and brave. To lose two riders in a week is terrible.

"I believe everybody in the World Championship is feeling the same now and I want to send my condolences to the family. When you are born, life gives you the chance to choose what you want to do.

"Tomi chose to be a rider and in fact he was doing great. I just want to think that he’s been happy making his dream come true.”

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Matthew Birt

By Matthew Birt