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The name of Daijiro Kato lives on in pocket-bikes

The name of Daijiro Kato lives on in pocket-bikes

The name of Daijiro Kato lives on in pocket-bikes

Last February Daijiro Kato expressed his desire to support the emergence of young racing talent in Japan and halt a recent slide in the number of junior competitors in his home country. Kato lent his support and his name to the national pocket-bikes series, with the second round of the five race championship named the `Daijiro Cup Pocketbike Race 2003´. After Kato´s tragic death two weeks ago, the race held an extra significance when it took place this weekend.

The circuit of Akigase had not held a pocket-bike race for 20 years, but it was the scene of Kato´s introduction to motorbike racing and the ideal venue for an event which saw many of the youngsters decorate their bikes in the colours of their MotoGP heroes.

$$$ When speaking after the first round of the series on the 23rd March, Kato had said: `Up until now I had not been actively involved with helping sport in my country. When I found out about the falling number of competitors in motorsport, especially in young children, I thought it was a good idea to contribute to this project. I spoke with the main people at Honda and we will continue to support this´.

Kato died on the 20th April due to injuries sustained in the first race of the season, but one of his final projects will continue to carry his name long into the future.

MotoGP, 2003

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