Officials to probe Tomizawa death

Investigation to be launched into circumstances surrounding Moto2 rider's death

REPORTS IN THIS morning's Italian media state officials in Rimini are to launch an investigation into the death of Shoya Tomizawa, following the racer's fatal accident during the Moto2 Grand Prix at Misano.

An inquest into the death of the 19-year-old Moto2 frontrunner is to take place after concerns arose about the way trackside marshals dealt with the incident.

Tomizawa was hit by the machines of Alex de Angelis and Scott Redding after the Japanese rider fell on lap 12 of the Moto2 race. Questions are now being raised as to why the race was not red-flagged; championship organiser Dorna has defended the decision not to stop the race.

To compound matters, the investigation will also look into the exact cause of death, as Tomizawa was accidentally dropped by one of the stretcher-bearing marshals as he was being carried from the circuit.