Shoya Tomizawa had signed a new Moto2 contract for 2011 just hours before he was tragically killed in a crash during the Misano Grand Prix.
The emerging Japanese talent had agreed to stay with the Technomag-CIP squad for next season on Saturday night, less than 24 hours before he succumbed to multiple serious injuries suffered in a three-rider incident in Misano.
He was fighting for his third podium finish of 2010 in Misano when he lost control of his Suter MMX machine in one of the fastest sections of the track.
Alex de Angelis and British rider Scot Redding then struck him. Both escaped serious injury but Tomizawa passed away having suffered major head, chest and abdominal trauma.
Tomizawa had created history in April when he became the first rider to win a Moto2 race after an impressive victory at the Losail International Circuit in Qatar.
His parents were due to arrive in Italy last night (Monday).