Shoya Tomizawa: Japanese Motorcycle Racer Biography (Photos, Video)

September 5, 2010

Shoya Tomizawa was a wonderful young man, he also was a fantastic Japanese motorcycle racer, he is no longer with us, but his memory will stay stay forever in our minds and hearts. Follow us on the short life, career and death of this wonderful young man, find out who he was from his biography and have a look at Shoya Tomizawa’s photo and video below.

Shoya Tomizawa was just nineteen years old when he died on the night of September 5th, 2010, leaving the world of motorcycle racing mourning for one of its best talents, but also a great friend and young man that radiates laughter wherever he went.

His life started in Asahi, Chiba, Japan on December 10, 1990 and he started his motorcycle career at the tender age of three years old. By the time he was 10 years old he was racing minibikes. Shoya, now a teenager, raced in his spare time on his motorcycle training and concentrated on his studies at Sousa High School where he graduated on 2009. He participated in his first race in 2006 riding a 125cc. class bike and on both 125cc. and 250cc. In 2007, specializing with his 250cc motorbike in 2008 earning triumphs and recognition very quickly.

This recognition was what earned him a spot with CIPMOTO-GP 250, as you know the 250 cc. class is known today as Moto2. While competing under this category he ranked 7th in the 2010 overall rankings, 17th at the 2009 World Championships and 26th the year before.

On September 5th, 2010 Shayo was racing on his Technomag-CIP at the seventh Moto2 World Championships at the San Marino Grand Prix at Misano World Circuit driving under dry circumstances and completed 15 laps before losing control. He went around a right hand bend and was thrown 40 meters into the gravel, he was violently hit by Alex de Angelis(Italy) and Scott Redding(UK) who couldn’t avoid hitting him, Shoya was immediately treated at the medical center at the World Circuit where he was under artificial respiration and then taken to Riccione Hospital.

Doctors discovered he suffered severe cranial, abdominal and thoracic trauma, Shoya fought for his life, but he didn’t made it. He died because of his injuries at 14:20 (Local time) his death was announced to his fellow racers at the end of the race, the flags were raised to half mast, there was no celebration, the winner was Dani Pedrosa.

A tribute has been paid in Shoya Tomizawa’s memory, you can read what his fellow racers and friends wrote here.

Shayo Tomizawa will be missed terribly, Our deepest thoughts and prayers are with his family through this difficult time. Would you like to express your condolences to his family? Take a look at Shoya Tomizawa’s photos, the video of his accident and highlights.


Shoya Tomizawa Accident Video

Shoya Tomizawa Highlights Video

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4 Responses to “Shoya Tomizawa: Japanese Motorcycle Racer Biography (Photos, Video)”

  1. 1
    Miriam Says:

    Ohh Shoya was so young and talented, this is a really sad news, my prayers go out to his family

  2. 2
    effi de'alaintina Says:

    shoya is the best…may u rest in peace.Amen.

  3. 3
    Michael Says:

    My sympathies to the Tomizawa family for their tragic loss. And also thank you for sharing this wonderfull young man with us.By the smile always on his face and his likeable nature you obviously made his short life a great one. You have lost a son , we have lost a role model for our children.

  4. 4
    Shinzan Says:

    wonderful young man!!God bless his family and soul….