Shoya Tomizawa Dead: Teenage Rider Killed At Moto2 Event
MISANO ADRIATICO, Italy — Motorcycle racing endured its second tragedy in eight days Sunday, this time at the San Marino Grand Prix.
Shoya Tomizawa became the second teenage rider to die in the sport when the 19-year-old fell and was hit by two trailing riders during the Moto2 race.
Tomizawa’s crash was similar to the accident that claimed Peter Lenz last Sunday. The 13-year-old from Vancouver, Wash., died during a warmup event at the United States Grand Prix in Indianapolis, where he fell and then was hit by another rider in a U.S. Grand Prix Racers Union series event.
“Nothing has happened for two years and now we have two deaths in two weeks,” said Carlo Pernat, manager of Loris Capirossi and Marco Simoncelli. “This time it is a boy of only 19 years of age.”
There have been 46 recorded deaths in MotoGP since the series was founded in 1949.
“I don’t have much to say about today’s race, it is such a sad day,” said Moto GP leader Jorge Lorenzo. “The loss of Shoya is a tragedy because he was a great guy and a great rider.
“I am very sad and want to say how much I am thinking about his family and friends at the moment. When something like this happens nothing else matters.”
2010 Moto2 Imola – Shoya Tomizawa Fatal Crash, posted with vodpod