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2010 MotoGP Misano Sunday Insider

Sunday, September 5, 2010
Valentino Rossi may have had the lead at the very beginning of the contest  but Dani Pedrosa quickly flew by the Italian and led for almost the entire race.
Racing action in Italy suddenly became unimportant upon learning of Shoya Tomizawa's death.
The MotoGP world has paid tribute to Shoya Tomizawa after the Japanese rider was fatally injured in a crash during Sunday’s Misano Moto2 race. He was fighting for his first podium finish since the second round of the championship in Jerez when he crashed out on Lap 12. Tomizawa was then hit by Alex de Angelis and Scott Redding, who both fell heavily in the incident. The 19-year-old died of head, chest and abdominal injuries in a local hospital. Tomizawa had created history back in April when he won the first ever Moto 2 race in Qatar. As news of his death stunned the MotoGP paddock, tributes to the bright young star started to flood in.

Valentino Rossi:
“I’m so sorry for Shoya because he was a strong rider but above all he was very ‘sympatico.' He was very funny, always smiling and he always had nice things to say to everyone. He was also very young with a great career ahead of him so we are all very sad."

Jorge Lorenzo:
“I don't have many words for the race on such a sad say. It's a huge pity because he was a good guy and a strong rider. I am so sad and I just want to say how sorry I am for his family and his friends. When this happens nothing else matters."

Casey Stoner:
Valentino Rossi was the highest-placing Italian rider at Misano where he finished third behind Pedrosa and Lorenzo.
Valentino Rossi: “I’m so sorry for Shoya because he was a strong rider but above all he was very ‘sympatico.' He was very funny, always smiling and he always had nice things to say to everyone. He was also very young with a great career ahead of him so we are all very sad."

“I am deeply saddened for Tomizawa, his family and everybody who worked with him. It is something truly terrible and it left me breathless, like a week ago. It was a pleasure to watch him ride and I was looking forward to see him have a great career."

Nicky Hayden:
“I am really sad, we have lost two riders in two weekends. My thoughts are with his family and his team but I think the whole paddock has been hit hard by this tragedy. At the end of the day we are all brothers here. We have lost a talented kid with a great personality. I loved his style, his determination and the smile he always wore.”

Andrea Dovizioso:
“My thoughts are with Shoya Tomizawa. I was informed after the race and the news is like a slap in the face. Two tragic accidents in two races is so terrible and it reminds us how dangerous our job is. The safety commission has improved safety levels so much that we often forget this aspect. I’m so sorry for Tomizawa’s family. Having become a father I can understand that this is the worst thing that can happen for a family. Unfortunately we couldn’t do anything: these were two casualties, two accidents with a similar dynamic where the track-side barriers were not touched. This can happen and this is why our job is so risky.”
Repsol Hondas Dani Pedrosa claimed his second consecutive race win with a well deserved victory over Fiat Yamahas Jorge Lorenzo at Misano.
Dani Pedrosa: “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."

Hector Barbera:
“I am speechless. I was told about it as soon as I got off the bike, and it is very difficult to take something like that in. Today's result doesn't really matter anymore. Shoya was a great rider who always gave his all on the bike. He was also a great person who was always smiling and with whom I got on well. I want to send my thoughts to his family and friends."

Alex de Angelis has spoken of his shock and sadness after he was involved in a sickening Moto 2 crash at Misano yesterday that killed Shoya Tomizawa. The Italian hit Tomizawa after the Japanese rider lost control while holding fourth-place in the 26-lap Moto 2 race. Tomizawa was also struck by British rider Scott Redding at high-speed with the 17-year-old having no chance to avoid the Technomag-CIP rider.

Former Gresini Honda MotoGP rider De Angelis, who was the only rider to emerge from the carnage unscathed, said; “I am deeply sad for what happened to Shoya. I am close to his family and to all who loved him. For the time being I do not want to add anything else. In times like these, everything else becomes less important.”

Meanwhile, British rider Scott Redding escaped serious injury in the horrific Moto2 crash. Tomizawa lost control of his Suter MMX machine on Lap 12 of the race and was struck first by Alex de Angelis and then Marc VDS Racing rider Redding. Both had no chance to take evasive action with Tomizawa losing control at close to 140 mph on one of the fastest sections of the Misano track. Tomizawa later died from serious multiple injuries in a Riccione Hospital. Redding was thrown well over 100 meters down the track after hitting Tomizawa and he needed lengthy treatment in the circuit’s medical center with initial fears that he’d broken his pelvis. Redding needed stitches in a nasty gash to his lower back but the Gloucestershire teenager was devastated upon learning of Tomizawa’s death as a result of severe head, chest and abdominal trauma.
Australian rider Casey Stoner  #27  finished fifth at Misano following a battle with Valentino Rossi  #46 .
Casey Stoner: “I am deeply saddened for Tomizawa, his family and everybody who worked with him. It is something truly terrible and it left me breathless, like a week ago. It was a pleasure to watch him ride and I was looking forward to see him have a great career."

Redding’s Marc VDS Racing team boss said: “Scott's crash was a big one, so we are thankful that the only injury he sustained was a minor laceration on his back. We were deeply saddened by the news that Shoya Tomizawa succumbed to the injuries sustained in a crash during the Moto2 race. He was a respected rival and will be sorely missed in the paddock. Like everyone in the Marc VDS Racing Team, my thoughts are with his family and friends at this time."

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 had cruised to a dominant victory in the 28-lap MotoGP clash when his Repsol Honda crew informed him of Tomizawa’s passing in Parc Ferme.

“There are no words to say how it feels after this victory - it feels like nothing,” Pedrosa said. “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 and 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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Charlie Toast -Don't jump to conclusions  September 22, 2010 08:48 PM
I was horrified by the crash, but it seemed to me that Shoya was done for right away. The way he spun around, completely limp, something really bad had happened. I think it would be wise to wait for the results of the investigations before jumping to any conclusions. I think they only moved him in the way they did because they knew it was already too late. But Shoya, like Craig Jones, will live on in our memories, and never get old. R.I.P. Shoya , you will be sorely missed but you were much loved.
João Daniel, Lisboa, Portugal -- R.I.P. TOMI  September 8, 2010 02:59 AM
The prosecutor of Rimini has reportedly launched an investigation into the death of Shoya Tomizawa following the Moto2 Grand Prix at Misano.

According to the Italian ANSA news agency, Paolo Giovagnoli will begin an inquest into the 19-year-old's tragic death in a move that could also see criminal charges being brought.

Tomizawa crashed on lap 12 of the race into the path of Alex de Angelis and Scott Redding, but the race was not stopped as track marshals swiftly stretchered him off the circuit.

However, Tomizawa was then accidentally dropped by a marshal when they stumbled whilst carrying through the gravel.

With an impending autopsy set to reveal exactly what contributed to his death, ANSA says Giovagnoli is considering bringing charges to individuals that are yet to be identified.

The news comes after MGP OFFICIALS DEFENDED the decision not to stop the race to allow Tomizawa to receive treatment at the track, claiming they were better equipped to deal with his serious injuries behind the scenes.

I totally agree...
BRAVOOOO!!!!!!!!!! Paolo!!! MGP Officials must understand they should have give to Tomi and Scott full dignity attention and help ON TRACK.
João Daniel, Lisboa, Portugal - - R.I.P. TOMI  September 8, 2010 02:31 AM
Really an outrage! Seems Dorna and Fim does not give a **** cause the show must go on. We have seen this before with Daijiro Kato. Misano Moto2 race just goes to show that no lessons have been learnt from the way Daijiro Kato was thrown around ... I'm glad the prosecutor of Rimini has reportedly launched an investigation into the death of Shoya, following the Moto2 Grand Prix at Misano. Dorna sucks!!!!!!!

João Daniel, Lisboa, Portugal -- R.I.P. TOMI  September 8, 2010 02:29 AM
I hope all the MGP riders have the guts to demand to see the footage and to have a serious briefing with Dorna and FIM about this unthinkable accident.
If i were any of the other riders i would refuse to race due to lack of health and safet...y procedures and regulations. Perhaps they just dont have health and safety at MGP races anymore.
Im sick and tiered of people being treated like pieces of meat.
One can not stop remembering this: both Tomizawa and Redding should not have been moved they should have been treated on track and moved carefully into an ambulance on track under RED FLAG conditions for the safety of all injured riders, and also of all marshals and medicals involved.
Go to hell Dorna for giving us inhumane and unacceptable excuses.
You have blood on your hands Dorna
wparker -lets take it easy..  September 7, 2010 12:28 PM
..dude got run over by 2 bikes at 140 mph!
he wasn't gonna walk away from this one..how roadracers are handled compared to your average accident victim is gonna vary epending on the need to get them off the track and out of the way..


RuL -sad  September 7, 2010 06:57 AM
it was shocking to see the accident... even more shocking when he was dropped while being carried away on the stretcher... my condolences to his family
João Daniel, Lisboa, Portugal -R.I.P. TOMI  September 7, 2010 04:44 AM
The DOCTOR on the scence should be the primary target of all these posts not the marshalls.
Most people know that a casualty in an accident of that magnitude should not be moved, but if the doctor or medic at the scene say's "move" the marshalls have no choice.
The MARSHALLS'actions may not have contributed to Shoya losing his battle but they certainly didn't help.
I understand they personally would have been in a state of shock but their actions were unacceptable. Both Tomizawa and Redding should not have been moved they should have been assessed on track and moved carefully into ambulance on track under RED FLAG conditions for the safety of all injured riders. Its called CPR. Its called not moving him, its called cutting his suite open, getting an respirator/life support machine, on the spot diagnosis, to a critically injured rider. I dont blame marshalls in particular, I understand that the marshalls must have been in some state of shock to completely **** up and DROP him, but there were too many screw ups that day to just us fans say okay.
And obviously the RACE DIRECTOR should be ashamed of himself; dark day for the sport as stated earlier very similar to Norman Brown at Silverstone and also the Gardner Uncini incident twenty plus years ago but in these cases I seem to remember both red flags and the riders putting arms in the air to stop the race's. Only hope the lessons are learnt.THE MANHANDLING of the riders (especially Tomi) just goes to show that no lessons have been learnt from the way daijiro kato was thrown around like a slab of meat... Remember that?!Shame on you DORNA and FIM; these lads give their all for our entertainment and YOUR PROFIT. This incident was a red flag from the moment of impact by another bike. Go to hell Dorna for giving us fans those inhumane unacceptable excuses.
This incident just shows the world that MGP is well behind in terms of safety, it borders on criminal...
Sorry,i'm sick and tiered of people being treated like pieces of meat.
Dorna, FIM and RACE CONTROL should be asked to explain themselves to an enquiry!!!!!!
We all wish, you were still here with us Shoya but "as long as your name is spoken, so shall your light remain with us, which is forever". My sincere condolences to your family.



João Daniel -A DAY AT THE RACES...  September 7, 2010 03:19 AM
As many have said, quite rightly, primary paramedic care should have taken place before this poor young man was moved. It is basic training and the trackside doctors should have known better. Sadly we will never know whether this would have given him a chance, or even the whisper of one. It saddens me greatly, however, to think that it appears to have been more important to try to keep the race alive than it was this astounding boy. Are these men and boys no longer important then? Perhaps Dorna can answer that, perhaps they can explain it to Shoya's mum and dad. We all wish you were still here with us Shoya but "as long as your name is spoken, so shall your light remain with us, which is forever". My sincere condolences to your family



kc -safety concerns  September 6, 2010 11:30 AM
I know how most of us feel about nascar sometimes, but after losing two motorcycle riders in two weeks and can't help but see how much nascar does for safety compared to motorcycle racing in general. We watched a man with massive injuries being basically thrown onto a stretcher and ran off without being at least stabilized ! Valentino rossi wears leathers with an airbag, why isn't it mandatory ? Would that have prevented these deaths? Who knows, but for gods sake do something before we lose another rider. can you stop letting guys who are there to pickup bikes lift up an injured rider, emt's please! look at how nascar implements safety rules, compared to our sport, and imagine the fall out if we lose one of the "big" stars.
stefaan -this sucks..  September 6, 2010 01:58 AM
well this just sucks.. very sad to lose him. when i saw the crash, it was one of those moments that you just know: this is bad..