Shoya still in people heart on the eve of the 2013 season
"Shoya was the sort of person that when you met him a little piece of you fell in love with him. His energy and enthusiasm was deeply infectious" (Azi Farni)「祥也は、出会った瞬間に大好きになってしまうような人だった。彼のエネルギーと情熱はとても伝わりやすいものだった。」
Shoya était le genre de personnage qui lorsque vous l'aviez rencontré il y avait quelque chose en vous qui tombait amoureux de lui. Son énergie et son enthousiasme était profondément contagieux (Azi Farni)
Now Shoya's bike stand in the room with all his personnal trophee
At what would have been the popular Japanese rider’s home race, his parents were given the Suter Moto2™ spec racer in full Tomizawa guise, just like the one he raced on in 2010. The team prepared the machine in remembrance of the number 48, who is still very much missed in the GP paddock.
Alain Bronec, le CIP et Nobby Ueda ont eu l’honneur de remettre à la famille de Shoya Tomizawa, qui était réunie à l’occasion du Grand Prix du Japon, un cadeau très spécial en guise d’un nouvel hommage. En présence de Carmelo Ezpeleta, CEO de Dorna Sports, des membres des teams Technomag-CIP et Technomag-CIP-TSR, les parents de Shoya, ses frères et ses grands parents ont reçu avec joie des mains d’Alain Bronec et de Nobby Ueda, une des Moto2™ de 2010 avec laquelle Shoya roulait.
L’émotion était palpable et les parents de Shoya ont chaleureusement remercié le CIP pour cette moto qu’ils vont conserver en mémoire de leur fils.
“Shoya Tomizawa stole the hearts of the motorsport world by winning the innaugural race of the year in Qatar. He proved not to be a one day fly by snatching the pole during the second race weekend in Jerez. Shoya got some real attention and even the younger people got the chance to know him and score an autograph. Although you see people who enjoy what they do, Shoya was an example of someone who loved what he did.
Read more on Bethany Andrews's blog "Behind The Visor"
This is the new website page of our friend Christian Cantizano a Spanish photographer, to pay tribute to Shoya he used one of his own picture.
by Toby Moody motorsport commentator
I only really got to know Shoya Tomizawa after Jerez, early in the season. I had gone to find his crew chief Gilles Bigot, after oil had spilled onto the track from Shoya's Suter during the Moto2 race, sending nine bikes down the road on the opening lap.
Julian Ryder with Shoya on the "Riders for Health" stage in Donington 2009
by julian ryder
Monday, September 06, 2010
I wrote this about "Tomi" earlier in the year. —JR
European fans have a new favorite: the rising star of MotoGP is a teenage kid from the seaside town of Asahi-shi. Shoya Tomizawa won the first ever Moto2 GP and set pole position for the second, finishing on the rostrum. For a rider who had only finished tenth in a GP before on a very private 250 Honda, those results would have been enough to guarantee him some new fans. But it wasn't just the committed and spectacular riding style that endeared him to the Jerez crowd and TV audiences but the way he has conducted himself.