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Update on Daijiro Kato´s accident at Suzuka

Update on Daijiro Kato´s accident at Suzuka

Update on Daijiro Kato´s accident at Suzuka

MotoGP officials Paul Butler (Race Director) and Claudio Macchiagodena (Medical Director) offered the following statement regarding the incident involving Japanese rider Daijiro Kato at today´s SKYY VODKA Grand Prix of Japan at the Suzuka Circuit.

Paul Butler: `We don´t know what caused the crash, but what we all know is that it was in the braking zone approaching the chicane. There are no marks on the track and, as we always do in these cases, we have reviewed the video evidence from the live television feed and the closed circuit cameras but frankly we are none the wiser to what caused this very tragic accident to happen. This accident could have occurred at any circuit in the world. I would like to add that we are all thinking about Kato-san at this time and our sincere thoughts go out to his family, friends and team.´ $$$ Claudio Macchiagodena: `The first news we received from the medical team on the track was that Kato´s heart had stopped, and he was unconscious. Only fast action in the ambulance to resuscitate his heart gave him the chance to fight for his life, and when he arrived at the hospital he was in a slightly improved condition. There is no diagnosis in this situation, only the intention to save Kato´s life. The hospital scans confirmed serious injuries to his head, chest and neck. He is now in intensive care fighting for his life.´

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MotoGP, 2003, SKYY VODKA Grand Prix of Japan

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