Only 19, Tomizawa fell on the Misano World Circuit in the 12th lap and was run over by two other riders. He was taken to hospital but died of injuries he sustained in the crash
Japanese motorcycle racer Shoya Tomizawa died of injuries sustained in a crash on Sunday at the San Marino Moto2 Grand Prix, according to local news reports. He was 19 years old.
Racing in fourth place at the time, Tomizawa lost control on a kerb coming out of a turn in the 12th lap of the race on the Misano World Circuit. He fell and was run over at high speed by the next two riders, Italy’s Alex de Angelis and Scott Redding of Britain. He was taken to hospital but died there because of the injuries, according to the reports. Tomizawa competed for the Suter team and got his only world championship race win in the season-opener of the newly-formed Moto2 class in Qatar. He came second at the following race in Spain and was ranked sixth in the standings ahead of Sunday’s race.
De Angelis reportedly walked away unharmed while Redding required treatment on so far undisclosed injuries at the circuit.
Tomizawa is the first rider to die in MotoGP racing since compatriot Daijiro Kato at the Suzuka home race in 2003. Last weekend American Peter Lenz, 13, died in Indianapolis when he was run over by a 12-year-old rival after falling in the warmup lap for a junior race.