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Daijiro Kato getting vital rest in Japan before starting V5 adventure

Daijiro Kato getting vital rest in Japan before starting V5 adventure

Daijiro Kato getting vital rest in Japan before starting V5 adventure

Daijiro Kato last week interrupted his holiday break to win the 25th edition of the Suzuka 8 hours. It was his second success in the series and the 219 laps completed along with his team-mate Colin Edwards set a new record. For the 250cc World Champion it was his first taste of victory this season and the Fortuna Honda Gresini rider is now planning to replicate that winning feeling in MotoGP. At the next race of the season in Brno he will take a huge step towards that goal as he straddles the all-conquering Honda RC211V four stroke for the first time.

`Since Suzuka I have concentrated 100% on resting´, explained Kato. `I am just making the most of the opportunity to put my feet up and recover in Japan. It has been a tough season so far both from a physical and psychological point of view. I am planning to travel to Italy on the 18th August and from there I will head on to Brno´.

Kato was expected by many to lead the two stroke resistance to the four stroke revolution spearheaded by Valentino Rossi and Tohru Ukawa. However, aside from a stirring ride to second place at Jerez in round three, a promising preseason has failed to bear fruit aboard the NSR 500 and Kato regrets leaving the legendary machine behind without adding a victory to its illustrious history. `I really am sorry that I have been unable to achieve good results with the two stroke, but now it is time to turn the page. I am sure it will be exciting and fun to ride the motorcycle that has won every race so far this season. The only worry is that I will not be allowed to test the V5 before Brno because I have never ridden it before. I am looking forward to adapting to it as soon as possible.´

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MotoGP, 2002

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