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GP Week : Issue 98
Riders pay tribute to fallen 'brother' A sense of shock pervaded the Misano paddock after the MotoGP race, as the news of Shoya Tomizawa's death spread. Race winner Dani Pedrosa said: "There are no words to say how it feels after this victory -- it feels like nothing. As a person, I can only say 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 very fast and brave." Rossi added his condolences. "He was always smiling and also very fast and very young." It was, he said, "a very strange crash. "Usually if you crash on a fast corner you go away to the outside ... but he crashed and stayed on the line." Andrea Dovizioso said: "My thoughts are with Shoya. The news is like a slap in the face. Two tragic accidents in two races is so terrible, and it reminds us how dangerous is our job. The safety levels have improved so much that we often forget this aspect. "I'm so sorry for Tomizawa's family. Having become a father I understand this is the worst thing that can happen for a family." Nicky Hayden said: "I'm really sad. I think the whole paddock has been hit hard by this tragedy. At the end of the day we are all brothers here. "We've lost a talented kid with a great personality. I loved his style, his determination, and the smile he always wore." Casey Stoner said: "It is something truly terrible and it left me breathless, like a week ago. It was a pleasure to watch him ride and I was looking forward to see him have a great career." The sentiments were echoed throughout and, while some thought the race should have been stopped and others criticised the use of Astroturf on the trackside, Rossi would not blame the track: "Maybe that corner is too fast, but Misano is safe like other tracks, with no walls or dangers like that." in horror Moto2 crash 15 Moto GP news >>