Racing World Mourns the Death of Shoya Tomizawa: Quotes From Fellow Riders

Written by Dan Evon, Courtesy of


This weekend, the motorcycle racing world lost another young rider. Shoya Tomizawa was killed in an accident during the Moto2 race. At just 19 years old, Shoya Tomizawa was at the start of a promising career. He took the first ever Moto2 win at Qatar, was a charismatic personallity, was well liked in the paddock, and will be sorely missed by fans, family, and friends. Here are a few quotes from Moto2 riders, MotoGP riders, Honda, FIM, and others that are mourning the death of Shoya Tomizawa.

Moto2 season leader Toni Elias:

“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.”

MotoGP race winner Dani Pedrosa: moto2_shoyatomizawa2

“There are no words to say how it feels after this victory – it feels like nothing. It’s 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.”

MotoGP season leader Jorge Lorenzo:

“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.”

MotoGP defending champion Valentino Rossi:

“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:

“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.”

moto2_shoya_tomizawa Ducati rider Nicky Hayden:

“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.”

Vito Ippolito, FIM President:

“We are extremely saddened by the death of Shoya Tomizawa, a charming and talented rider with a promising future, which reminds us that our sport, in spite of a reduced number of fatal accidents in recent years, is not without risk for its competitors.”

Shuhei Nakamoto, Vice-President, Honda Racing Corporation:

“We are very saddened by this news and our thoughts of course are now with Shoya’s family and friends. He was at the start of his Grand Prix career and today we have lost fine young rider and a talent for the future. Shoya had fighting spirit, we will all miss him very much…” has more quotes from around the Moto2 and MotoGP paddocks, as well as a few tribute videos.You can also send your own tributes and condolences here.

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