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Daijiro Kato aims to help new talent rise through the Pocketbike Championship ranks

Daijiro Kato aims to help new talent rise through the Pocketbike Championship ranks

Daijiro Kato aims to help new talent rise through the Pocketbike Championship ranks

Telefonica Movistar Honda rider Daijiro Kato has expressed his desire and intention to assist any new methods that will help young talent rise through the ranks in his country. True to his word the 26 year old and 2001 250 World Champion has opted to lend his weight to the Japanese Pocketbike Championships.

Five races in this season´s series will now form the base of the ´Daijiro Cup´. All the rounds of the competition will take place at the Akigase circuit, where Katoh used to ride and practice himself before going on to become one of the top names in MotoGP.

The Japanese pilot hopes that the new incentive will draw a large participation and may lead to establishing the first steps of a new generation of young talent; an area that hasn't been so healthy in recent years at the highest level. The competitor with the highest points total at the end of the five race series will win a mini bike direct from the Honda factory. The first race kicks off on March 23rd and next Sunday sees the opening of the registration period for the contest.

Katoh remembers well his days racing Pocketbikes as part of 20 years motorcycle racing experience. It's a popular and cost-effective form of the sport for juniors as young as five or six. He has also called for others that have used and enjoyed the discipline to help support Pocketbikes as a potential platform for Japan's racing future. Names like Tady Okada, Yuichi Takeda, Tatsuya Yamaguchi and Chojun Kameyama have all developed and blossomed from their time with the mini machines.

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MotoGP, 2003

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