Tomizawa som var från japanska Chiba var en populär förare bland de medtävlande, känd för sitt soliga leende och sin målmedvetna körning.
Shoya gjorde sin debut i Grand Prix på Motegi i 125-klassen år 2006. I fjol blev han GP-föarare på heltid och tog 17:e plats i 250 VM. I år gick Shoya Tomizawa till nyinstiftade Moto2 där han vann premiärracet.
”We are very saddened by this news and our thoughts of course are now with Shoya’s family and friends. He was at the start of his Grand Prix career and today we have lost fine young rider and a talent for the future. Shoya had fighting spirit, we will all miss him very much ”
/Shuhei Nakamoto, Vice-President, Honda Racing Corporation.
Här följer kommentarer från MotoGP-förare (text från MotoGP.com) och mer information om Shoya Tomizawa;
MotoGP race winner Dani Pedrosa reflected: ”There are no words to say how it feels after this victory – it feels like nothing. 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.”
Jorge Lorenzo said: ”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.”
The Spaniard’s team-mate Valentino Rossi commented: ”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.”
Ducati rider Casey Stoner said: ”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 (and the death of Peter Lenz). It was a pleasure to watch him ride and I was looking forward to see him have a great career.”
The Australian’s team-mate Nicky Hayden added: ”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.”
Date of birth: December 10 1990.
Birthplace: Chiba, Japan.
Racing number: 48.
Machine: Suter MMX.
Grand Prix debut: 2006. Japan – Motegi 125cc.
GP wins: 1 (Moto2)
First GP win: Qatar, 2010 (Moto2)
Career highlights – Shoya Tomizawa
1997: North Chiba Pocketbike Champion
1998: North Chiba Pocketbike Champion
1999: Haruna Pocketbike Champion
2000: Haruna Pocketbike Champion
2001: Iwai Minibike Champion (Honda)
2002: Iwai Minibike Champion (Honda)
2003: East Japan Minibike Champion (Honda)
2004: East Japan Minibike Champion (Honda)
2005: 2nd 125 Tsukuba/Motegi/Sugo Championships (Honda)
2006: 2nd 125 All-Japan Championship (Honda)
2007: 3rd 125 All-Japan Championship (Honda)
2008: 2nd 250 All-Japan Championship (Honda)
2009: 17th 125 World Championship (Honda)