Posted 05 September 2010 - 22:17
Posted 05 September 2010 - 22:50
evening all, i know its not nostalgic (yet) but i wanted to pay my respects to shoya tomizawa who died at today's moto 2 event in italy. thankfully i was not watching the race at that point, but in my worthless opinion you can make all the run off area you like but when you put bikes like these together that run nose to tail things like this happen. this is not the first time in a type of 600 class this has happened and im sure it wont be the last.
The race should have been stopped,there is no doubt about it,the pure stupidity of the race officials,they should be made to resign.and be banned for life from ever officiating at this sport ever again.The way it was handled was the worst I have ever seen, we are so lucky to have the best trained Marshalls in this country/world................
Posted 05 September 2010 - 23:56
Posted 06 September 2010 - 06:36
Accidents will happen again , but the rescuers does NOT have to be a disgrace again !
Edited by Bjørn Kjer, 06 September 2010 - 06:37.
Posted 06 September 2010 - 11:24
I wanted to post this photo as it was the last time I saw Tomizawa in the paddock. This was taken by my friend at Misano on Saturday evening as Shoya signed a couple of photos for me (I'm in the green cap). When these things happen there is always a rush of people saying how fantastic the person was and (although I don't in any way claim to have known him personally) having met him in the paddock several times over the last year, I have to say Shoya was truly a really great guy (really only a boy still) . The quotes saying he was always laughing are 100% true. When this photo was taken we had been joking about the other Japanese in the photo ( journalist Satoshi Endo) who rode the TT in 1984.
You won't have seen it, but the coverage on Italian TV was a disgrace as always. The "ambulance chasing" mentality here means that there is still a gladitorial side to racing. If you go back through the old magazines they always printed graphic photos of the fatalities like Saarinen/Pasolini, the Salzburg pile-up in 77 and the deaths of American Pat Evans, Bergamonti, Buscherini,etc . Again yesterday the Italians own TV supplementary feed (TV channel Mediaset not the Dorna coverage) had cameras at the mobile clinic showing Shoya coming in on the stretcher, etc, and this was shown on the replay I saw last night, when they knew the outcome. Also the news last night had the same. This was the same as the coverage of the big Catalunya crash a few years ago when Gibernau, Melandri and Capirossi were all hurt and the Italian TV were arguing with the medical guys to try and get pictures.
The Italian crowd were fairly disgraceful yesterday as well. There was an announcement before the podium ceremony about what had happened and the flags were at half-mast, plus no champagne, etc. The crowd was asked to keep the noise down, but this only happened for a couple of minutes. I guess it's just a cultural difference, but it's lost on me even though I live here.
Posted 10 September 2010 - 10:33
Thanks for a super photo Graham.
Posted 13 September 2010 - 23:56
Poor lad; he was younger than my son, which hits-home too...