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Moto2 Racer Shoya Tomizawa Killed During Fatal Crash (Video)
Tomizawa had just come out of a corner on his 16th lap when he lost control of his bike, hit the asphalt, and was run over by the bikes of both Alex De Angelis and Scott Redding. De Angelis and Redding also took a spill but were able to walk away from the incident. Sadly, the same could not be said for Tomizawa, who was treated at the track’s medical center before being transported to a hospital in Riccione, Italy, where he was pronounced dead at 2:20 pm local time due to cranial, thoracic, and abdominal trauma.
Moto GP has since released the following statement:
“Everybody involved in MotoGP extends its deepest condolences to Shoya’s family and friends at this tragic loss.” [Bloomberg]
Here is footage of the incident that claimed the life of Tomizawa.
This is just another reminder of how the nature of sports can be cruel at times to those involved. We may think that athletes are lucky to be doing what they love, but many of these professionals put their lives on the line everyday in order to entertain millions. Unfortunately, it takes incidents like this to remind us of that very fact.