Shoya Tomizawa, surprise winner of the inaugural Moto2 grand prix, denies feeling any pressure as the series heads for round two in Spain this weekend.
The 19-year-old won from ninth on the grid at Qatar and the unpredictable nature of the new 600cc class looks set to continue at Jerez - where the top 16 riders were separated by just one second during pre-season testing.
At the top of the timesheets were Claudio Corti (Forward Racing, Suter) and Toni Elias (Gresini Racing Moto2, Moriwaki), while Tomizawa was only six tenths behind - in 13th place - with fellow Qatar podium finishers Alex Debon and Jules Cluzel 15th and eighth respectively.
“First of all, I am a bit sad about Motegi because I know the racetrack so well that I thought the weekend would give me a good idea about my bike set-up, said Technomag-CIP (Suter) rider Tomizawa. “But anyway, I am quite happy the race has been postponed to October because the weather should be OK and I will be able to race in front of my family, friends and fans.
“Now we are heading to Jerez; I like the track and I enjoy racing in front of the Spanish motorcycle fans because it's something really special. I experienced the Jerez atmosphere for the first time last year – during the race you can hear the crowd because the spectators aren't far from the track.
“I don't feel any pressure following my win in Qatar – my aim this year is to be consistent and finish all races. We have already tried my Moto2 bike at Jerez, during the final IRTA tests, so it's going to be quite interesting from the first session.”
By winning in Qatar, Tomizawa became the third youngest Japanese grand prix winner of all-time - after Takeshi Tsujimura and Haruchika Aoki - and the youngest Japanese rider to win a Grand Prix outside of the 125cc class.