Totally shocked yesterday Tragic news, RIP Tomizawa.
Why are both the BBC and Eurosport not showing the Moto2 race? Have they been censored by Dorna because of the handling of Tomizawa's crash?
Sad news, really sad. I only noticed him as a new comer at the front of the moto2 field, I didnt know him or anything, but for some reason it always shocks me when a racer dies in an accident. I dont know why. Maybe its because I tend to ignore the potential of fatality when watching a race; maybe its the brotherhood thing; maybe its my selfish fear of my own mortality being a rider myself; maybe its because riding is so much bloody fun and for that love to finally kill you is a tragedy. I dont know, but at least he got to race motorbikes at a top level which is an incredible skill, extreme fun I assume, and not something many ever get to experience in life. So his life was short in human terms but it must have been a damned good one.
Great collection of pics.
Top man. Great rider.
Japan's lastest hope gone far too early.
RK wrote (see)
Yet another tragedy and a waste of a young life
Tragic indeed, but definitely not a waste of a life.
Very good to hear that Scott Redding is OK,was an horrific off for him too, he was very fortunate.
I obviously echo what everyone has said above and it is a really sad loss.
However, the point I noticed doesn't seem to have been mentioned elsewhere which is why wasn't the race red flagged and he receive treatment on the track where he had come to rest and sod getting the track clear before the riders come round on the next lap. He could then have been secured, loaded straight into the ambulance with the minimum jarring and manhandling with maximum care.
In the WSB race, just hours before, Haslam also had a prang being hit by riders from behind and the race red flagged to ensure he could be properly treated in case he needed it and although he didn't, nobody complained about the decision. In BSB we see red flags and pace cars all the time to achieve the same thing.
I remember Julian Ryder being critical of the "assistance" given to a very dazed and obviously hurt Scott Redding to get him onto the stretcher and seconds later an image of a rider on a stretcher being dropped as the course workers/marshals struggled accros the gravel trap trying to get clear before the bikes came around again. If that was Tomizawa, I'm sure it didn't do him any good and we never saw him actually get put on the stretcher in the first place.
I personally think there are some serious issues to be raised here and given the hoo-ha dished out to Williams by the Italians when Senna died over 10 years ago (also at the San Marino Grand Prix albeit different track). I also remember Kato was also killed in an incident where there was no red flag.
It is a sad loss but was it preventable with a red flag ?
I fully agree with mick_600. The first and most important principle of First Aid is to not move the casualty (unless there's about to be an explosion, fire, etc, etc).
And yes.........it was Tomizawa we saw being dropped whilst on the stretcher!! It was a terrible accident and should have been red flagged IMMEDIATELY.
As soon as I saw the accident, I knew Shoya was dead and I felt total dread and upset.
God forbid if Scott Redding had received spinal injuries, the way he was bungled onto the stretcher!
Very unprofessional handling of a very bad accident!
RIP Shoya Tomizawa (and also Peter Lenz!)
A very sad week for bike racing
RIP. To young.
Thoughts are with his family
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