MotoGP » R.I.P Shoya Tomizawa

In his latest column for, Bradley Smith pays tribute to late Shoya Tomizawa.

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Jez - Unregistered

September 07, 2010 6:58 PM

Brad, nice tribute, well said. Most of us fans would love to be racers. You are all heroes to us, you all accept the risks, Shoya was no different. He was doing what he loved. We will remember him for his riding style, full of heart and determination, that first Moto2 win, and how his personality and smile shone out. RIP Shoya, you will be sorely missed.
Brad, well done on the pole position and unlucky you had some problems in the race. I hope these are resolved for next time out and you can go for the win

amazon - Unregistered

September 07, 2010 7:11 PM

It still does seem real he gone and this year with moto2 coming in to save money and it nearly being a level playing field he showed he had some real talent which come out from the word go and he had some real speed. Just a little of the topic Bradley you are a few week older then Shoya not the other way round.

I will never forget you shoya RIP buddy sweet dreams

Richard Mushet

September 07, 2010 7:27 PM

Another excellent self-appraisal from Brad and as mentioned before, a very mature response to the tragic events at last weekend's round.

It's nice to hear candid feedback about the set-up troubles he and the team experience with the witchcraft that is the two-stroke engine. He tells it like it is and wears his heart on his sleeve when it comes to his feelings about his performance over a race weekend. It's a shame there's a quartet of rabid Spaniards who're all performing as well as Simon did last season, but all at the same time on the same race track!

I just hope he can progress to Moto2 next season, or at least take the final 125 World Championship before the 4 strokes take over for good.

Go on Bradders!

Bradley is an absolute inspiration not only to the young but to us middle aged nine to fivers who love nothing better than to tune into FP/QP and race day week on week. I watched the race live on Sunday and was absolutely devastated, Tomi was one of my favorites and he will be sadly missed and I have found it really difficult this week as the crash has been in my thoughts constantly. Bradley's column has made me realise the absolute strength of spirit that racers have and I will be tuning in again a week on Friday to watch my much loved sport, thanks Brad we love you. RIP Tomi, you will be missed but never forgotten xxx Firestorm.

Buelliful - Unregistered

September 07, 2010 8:59 PM

Excellently put Bradley, I think what you have written sums up pretty much why I love bike racing. For all of it's dangers and tragedies it is also the source of great enjoyment and excitement. Hopefully some good shall come out of this terrible tragedy and we might see some better safety for riders, because it's sorely needed after some of the scenes witnessed this season.
Best of luck to you Bradders, never give up.

renegade - Unregistered

September 07, 2010 10:56 PM

Everyone is gutted about Shoya but as Bradley says he died doing what he loved. Shoya probably lived more of a life in his 19 short years than most of us will if we live until 80!! Unfortunately it is those left behind that suffer, am pretty sure Shoya knew nothing after the fall as the second impact happened so quickly, so he will have had his last moments doing what he loved. I think people should try to take some comfort from that and not be sad on his behalf. As for friends, family and collegues my heart goes out to them as it is a devestating loss. I hope that comes accross as intended, is meant to give a bit of comfort to grieving fans:.(

the kenlucky kid - Unregistered

September 08, 2010 1:27 AM

A very mature and intelligent response to the tragic accident at Misano. RIP Tomi-san
Posted by Ellie

Yes, more the 90% of the posters it seems. As I have said many times before, no racer is going to rant anything close to the BS has been posted on crash. In fact, only one racer has been critical about the organization and that is Alex Debon, who has been for the most part slammed by spanish fans.

certainly all the racers have been affected by this and in spanish tv (online viewing at some of the spanish racers were teary eyed while still wearing their leathers. Pedrosa said very much the same.

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