The entire Grand Prix paddock was stunned by the tragic death of Shoya Tomizawa and the following tributes have been paid to the 19 year old rider who succumbed to the injuries sustained during the Moto2 race.
Dani Pedrosa : “There are no words to say how it feels after this victory – it feels like nothing.
I arrived at parc fermé very happy with the win and I immediately felt that the atmosphere among my mechanics was really strange, everybody was serious.
Still with my helmet on they told me about Tomizawa and I couldn’t react.
It was a big shock, a big contrast for me.
I asked three times if it was true because I couldn’t believe it.
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.
To lose two riders in a week is terribl.
I believe everybody in the World Championship is feeling the same now and I want to send my condolences to the family.
When you are born, life gives you the chance to choose what you want to do.
Tomi chose to be a rider and in fact he was doing great.
I just want to think that he’s been happy making his dream come true.