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Matthew Birt  says:

MotoGP remembers Daijiro Kato

Last weekend’s inaugural MotoGP race at the Circuit of the Americas (COTA) marked the 10th anniversary of the death of Japanese rider Daijiro Kato. Kato lost his life in an accident in the opening round of the 2003 world championship at Suzuka when riding for the Italian-based Gresini Honda squad. All Gresini bikes in all three classes at COTA sported tribute 74...

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  • Posted 2 years ago (24 April 2013 09:53)

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Nov 03

Posts: 2277

saturn392 says:

Motorcycle racing is akin to a 'life-threatening disease'!   These guys risk their lives each time they sling their legs over a bike.     RESPECT to all riders who have lost their lives racing bikes.  R.I.P.

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Aug 10

Posts: 582

shawno76 says:

Ring of Fire

You should read 'Ring of Fire' by Paul broadbent.  Has an insight on how Kato's death was handled trackside - quite controversial reading against the Sport.  Still, doesn't detract from the fact another rider lost his life doing what they love.  Imagine he's racing Simoncelli and all the former greats on that racetrack in the sky...

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Mar 13

Posts: 40

pacman1967 says:

Always remember

I can't believe it's 10 years, time really does fly. Daijiro Kato really did seem to have the potential to be one of the great riders of his day. So much potential never realised.

Others, like Wayne Rainey, Andre Malherbe and Joan Lascorz have to live with permenant disability

To all the trolls and haters who insult and be-little racers, on this site, just remember what they risk. Sitting here I think of Kato, Marco, Joey, David Jefferies, Tomizawa and all the others we've lost to our favourite sport and wonder why people who don't have the ability or balls to be a professional racer love to insult them so. I guess it's just jealousy and inadequacy.

Show respect for the risks they take for our 'entertainment' and revel in the spectacle.


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Jul 11

Posts: 258

Ocdcbr says:

Well said pacman...

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Feb 13

Posts: 1278

AlexDAbomB69 says:

Here here

I met a young rider that lost his life at the Manx gp called Wayne Hamilton at the Nec just before he had his accident in 2011. Nicest kid you could meet. We got pissed with him and his dad. The respect we should have for these guys should be massive.

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Aug 02

Posts: 191

mike27 says:

Well said pacman. I can still remember the way the marshals carted him off that day - shocking.

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Jun 08

Posts: 18

tomoijsg says:

Couldn't have said it better myself pacman, all the bitchy tossers that regularly frequent this site ought to shut up and appreciate the best motorsport in the world.

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Apr 09

Posts: 478

1986vfr750 says:

im ashamed

To realize that marco is dead...obviously as a fan he was not my personal friend but he was a great personality and racer...lost my dad during catalunya of the same his side holding his hand as he when marco died i was at least able to understand the feeling a bit....with marco still alive, this season would have been even more epic than it will be as is...marco vs marc would have been very would have dajir vs vale....10 was still a young man then, but at least i got to age....

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Apr 09

Posts: 478

1986vfr750 says:


Im ashamed because i totally forgot...

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Sep 11

Posts: 2289

YamahaGYTR says:

You have to feel for the Gresini team for what they have being through first losing Daijiro then Marco :(

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