Sept. 5, 2010 - Shoya Tomizawa has passed away due to injuries sustained after a crash at Misano.
Godspeed Shoya, you will be missed.
Shoya Tomizawa began his racing career in Pocketbikes in 1993. In 1997 and 1998 he held the title of North Chiba Pocketbike Champion. He earned the title of Haruna Pocketbike Champion in 1999 and held the title through 2000.
2001 saw a graduation to the Minibikes, where he also achieved great success, earning the crown in Iwai Minibike Championship in both 2001 and 2002. The next year, he continued his success with Honda in the East Japan Minibike Championship, once again winning the title and holding it through 2004 when he stepped up to the 125cc class.
His list of accolades goes on to include a second place overall finish in the 125 Tsukuba/Motegi/Sugo Championships in 2005, a 2nd and 3rd place overall finish in the 125 All-Japan Championship in 2006 and 2007 respectively. 2008 saw Shoya step up to the 250cc class in the All-Japan Championship where he claimed the number two spot.
Tomizawa moved onto the World Championship stage in 2009 in the 250cc class, still on Honda machinery, and claimed the 17th spot at season's end.
2010 finds him moving into Moto2, riding for Technomag - CIP Racing Team.
Shoya Tomizawa #48 - Technomag - CIP Racing
December 10 , 1990 - September 5, 2010
Shoya Tomizawa 2010 Moto2 Results
Announced as a new 4-stroke MotoGP World Championship class, Moto2 will replace the 250cc category from 2010. This new category is intended to be a prestigious yet cost-effective accompaniment to the premier class of MotoGP. Some of the key characteristics of this new category of Grand Prix racing will be the single engine supplier and a single tyre supplier. Honda Racing Corporation was chosen as the engine supplier, while Dunlop, currently present in the 125cc World Championships are to provide the tyres.
Moto2 technical specifications - in a nutshell
Powered by a one-make 600cc 4-stroke engine, producing around 150hp, the Moto2 class will continue the 250cc series' pursuit of developmental excellence with the running of a prototype chassis -free from limitation.
No production bike parts will be permitted for the frame, swing arm, fuel tank, seat or cowling, meaning that these aspects of the machine will be left to the manufacturer and designers' discretion.
Electronic systems will be more limited than those previously permitted in 250cc, which had seen select factories bringing in traction control in recent years. Moto2 rules will allow for data loggers, ECU and timing transponders supplied by the organiser, with a maximum total cost of the ECU's components set at 650 euros. No other electronic control, nor datalogging systems, will be present on the bikes.
Experience the excitement of the Premier Season of Moto2 Racing as Shoya Tomizawa rides to capture the inaugural Moto2 Championship crown.