Shoya Tomizawa was on his 15th lap at the Misano circuit during the San Marino Grand Prix when he apparently lost control of his Moto2 bike at full speed, was thrown off the bike and then hit by two other riders before sliding 130 feet to a halt.
Tomizawa was taken to a local hospital immediately after the crash and succumbed to his injuries soon thereafter.
The Moto2 rider had moved up the ranks since beginning in pocketbike racing when he was only three years old, eventually graduating to the 125 class. This year, he took a win at Qatar and sat seventh overall in the standings.
We extend our heartfelt sympathies and condolences to Tomizawa's family, friends and fans.
[Source: Daily Mail | Image: Andreas Solaro/AFP/Getty]