What: Shoya Tomizawa, 19, became the second teenage racer to die in the past eight days when he fell and was hit by two trailing riders at the San Marino Grand Prix. It was similar to the accident that killed Peter Lenz — who was only 13 — during a warmup at the U.S. Grand Prix in Indianapolis.
What happened next: Officials decided not to cancel the race due to fear of creating more accidents if a red flag was suddenly shown. The races continued and the riders were only informed of Tomizawa’s death afterward.
Why it’s outrageous: There have been no less than 46 recorded deaths in professional motorcycle racing since the MotoGP series was founded in 1949. The first fatality occurred that same year at the Isle of Man Grand Prix. The last one before the recent two was in Japan in 2003.