MotoGP Honoring Shoya Tomizawa

Number 48 to be retired from Moto2 competition

By Motorcycle.Com Staff, Sep. 17, 2010
MotoGP organizers and racers are paying tribute to Shoya Tomizawa who died after crashing at the Moto2 race at the Misano World Circuit.

Tomizawa remains on the minds of the MotoGP community as the series moves to the Spain’s Motorland Aragon circuit for the first round following the tragedy at Misano. Many riders are wearing Tomizawa’s number 48 on their leathers, helmets or motorcycles in honor of the popular rider.

The number 48 will also be retired from the Moto2 series with Tomizawa’s family being given a memorial plaque with his number on it.

Shoya Tomizawa won the very first Moto2 race and finished second in the second race. His number 48 will be retired from use in Moto2.

At the pre-event press conference, current Moto2 Championship points leader Toni Elias nominated Tomizawa for the 2010 Michel Métraux trophy which recognizes the best privateer rider in the Moto2 and 125cc classes.

Traditionally awarded to the highest-placing private racer, the rules were changed this season to make it a peer-selected award voted on by all riders in the two classes at the end of the season. Elias’ proposal was met with unanimous approval, and the Michel Metraux trophy will be presented to Tomizawa’s family at the Oct. 1-3 Japanese Grand Prix at Motegi.

The MotoGP community will also gather at the Aragon circuit’s main start/finish straight following the MotoGP class warm-up session to observe a minute of silence in Tomizawa’s memory.

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