MotoGP: Japanske Shoya Tomizawa døde i ulykke

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Tomizawa kjørte i full fart da han falt av sykkelen.Av: Mona Forsnes

Mens han lå på bakken ble han truffet av to andre deltagere, Alex De Angelis og Scott Redding.

Japaneren ble kastet 40 meter bortover og endte på grusen ved siden av banen.

På grunn av de alvorlige skadene ble han kjørt i ambulanse til et sykehus i nærheten i stedet for å bli fløyet til et større sykehus i helikopter, sier en lege på sykestuen på banen til TV-selskapet Mediaset.

En time senere kom meldingen på italiensk TV om at Tomizava var død.

– Da Tomizava falt gjorde jeg alt for å unngå ham og treffe sykkelen i stedet for ham. Jeg er uskadd, det hele er utrolig, sier italienske Alex De Angelis.

Nest største klasse

19 år gamle Shoya Tomizawa var regnet som det store håpet innen japansk motorsykkelsport.

Løpet der ulykken skjedde gikk i Moto2-klassen, tidligere kjent som 250cc, kategorien under Moto GP.

Til tross for ulykken, som skjedde 15 runder før slutt, fortsatte løpet og ble vunnet av spanske Toni Elias.

Etter at løpet var over, ble også Moto GP-løpet på samme bane arrangert som planlagt, enda det da var klart at Tomizawa hadde vært utsatt for en dramatisk ulykke.

Sturla Racing som også er med i MotoGP sirkuset sier på sine internett sider at de er kritiske til manglende bruk av rødflagg etter krasjen som involverte 3 førere.

Det ble unødvendig flytting av spesielt Tomizawa og Scott Redding etter krasjen. Ved bruk av rødflagg kunne livreddende behandling ble satt i gang umiddelbart på stedet.

Vi kommer til å savne Tomizawa og hans alltid blide vesen!

Dette er hva andre førere føler og mener:

Moto2 race winner at Misano on Sunday Toni Elías said: All I feel is sadness right now and my victory today is irrelevant. I was talking and joking with Tomizawa only yesterday in the Clinica Mobile and to think that he is no longer with us is truly awful. Even today we were out there racing together when he was in front of me before this incredible tragedy. He has left an indelible mark on my life.»

Elías Team Manager Fausto Gresini, who experienced the tragedy of losing a rider when Daijiro Kato passed away at Suzuka in 2003, stated: «Today is a very sad and very tough day, when racing doesn’t feel like it should. I know just how hard it is to lose a rider in these circumstances and I know the pain that his family and all the guys on the team who worked with him are feeling right now. There is little more to say.

MotoGP race winner Dani Pedrosa reflected: There are no words to say how it feels after this victory – it feels like nothing. Its 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 Spaniards 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 Australians 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.

Kilder: nrksport.no, motogp.com og sturla-racing.com

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