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Misano street named after Kato

Misano street named after Kato

Misano street named after Kato

The street leading into the main entrance of the Santa Monica Circuit in Misano Adriatico was today named after MotoGP Legend Daijiro Kato in a special ceremony attended by representatives of Honda, Gresini Racing and members of Kato's family.

Twenty traditional Japanese cherry blossom trees were planted along the Viale Daijiro Kato in honour of the former 250cc World Champion, who tragically lost his life after a crash in the first round of the 2003 MotoGP World Championship at Suzuka just over a year ago.

Kato's father, Takahashi Kato, who brought one of the trees from Japan, and his mother Hatsumi Kato, were joined by his wife Makiko and children Ikkoh and Rinka, as well as his close friend and fellow MotoGP star Makoto Tamada in a moment of quiet reflection as they gathered around the NSR machine which Daijiro rode to the 250cc World Championship title in 2001. Also present were former Suzuka 8 hour partner Colin Edwards and fellow MotoGP star Max Biaggi, who commented that he had come "as a sport fan more than a rider."

A large group of Kato's fans also attended the ceremony and were invited to ride through the boulevard on their own motorcycles in memory of their fallen hero.

MotoGP, 2004

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