Written by Dan Evon, Courtesy of AllAboutBikes.com
Two weeks ago, Moto2 lost one of its best riders. Shoya Tomizawa, who took the first ever Moto2 race win in Qatar, was tragically killed in an accident at the Misano track. MotoGP has announced that Tomizawa’s number, #48, will be retired from Moto2 racing.
“It has been decided that in recognition of Shoya’s contribution to the sport his number 48 will be retired from the Moto2 World Championship, and his family will receive a memorial plaque with his number on it,” said a statement from Dorna Sports.
Fans from around the world have been showing their support for Tomizawa and his family. In the Moto2 paddock, numerous riders wore #48 on their helmets, their bikes, and their leathers during today’s event at Aragon.
The Moto2 riders have also voted for Tomizawa to win this year’s Michel Métraux trophy. The Michel Metraux trophy recognizes the best rider, as voted on by fellow racers.