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Tomizawa revels in superb debut Moto2 victory

Tomizawa revels in superb debut Moto2 victory

The Japanese rider of the Technomag-CIP team reacts to winning the first-ever Moto2 race – the first of his career – and looks ahead to his home GP in Japan.

The arrival of Moto2 in the World Championship was announced in spectacular style last Sunday with the opening race of the new intermediate category in Qatar producing a fantastic spectacle. Triumphant in the historic debut of the class was Japanese rider Shoya Tomizawa of the Technomag-CIP team.

The 19 year-old rider from Chiba, a hotbed of motorcycling talent that has produced the likes of Shinya Nakano and Hiroshi Aoyama, qualified in ninth position for the race, but few had expected to see him challenging for a podium finish, let alone victory – the first of his career.

However, on board his Suter chassis Tomizawa rode a supremely confident and mature race to cross the finish line with a 4.656s margin of victory. It was a huge step up from his previous best World Championship race result of tenth place in the 250cc class, and served to underline that this season’s new intermediate category will be a true contest of skill and talent between the riders.

”I didn’t expect a victory so early in the season, but I felt very good during the warm-up and I realised I could be up there with the leaders,” said Tomizawa, “In the race I didn’t expect to have a lead like this. I didn’t look at the board because of the pressure it would put on me and I concentrated only on looking ahead of me for the whole of the race.”

He added: “The feeling when I crossed the finish line – I couldn’t believe what I had achieved!”

Sitting at the top of the Moto2 standings after the first round, Tomizawa knows the battle for the title will be a long one. He now heads to Japan for the second race, and is hopeful of another strong result on home territory.

“It will be difficult to be at the front for the whole of the Championship, but I hope to be able to do well at the Grand Prix of Japan because this is a very important race to me. If I do well there, I can go to Jerez with good expectations,” he said.

”The last race I won was in the Japanese 250cc Championship in 2008! I have seen the races on television for years, and now I am here!” Tomizawa concluded.

Moto2, 2010, COMMERCIALBANK GRAND PRIX OF QATAR, Shoya Tomizawa, Technomag-CIP

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