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Fausto Gresini remembers Daijiro Kato

Fausto Gresini remembers Daijiro Kato

Fausto Gresini remembers Daijiro Kato

The world of MotoGP seems to be always on the move, with a frenetic calendar of practices, races and test sessions, but sometimes it is important to stop and reflect. Today Fausto Gresini and his team stopped their normal activity to commemorate the third anniversary of Daijiro Kato, the rider who lost his life in Suzuka during the opening Grand Prix of the 2003 season.

"It's a sad moment for all of us" comments Fausto Gresini, who nurtured the young Japanese rider in his team upon his arrival in Europe. "The relationship with Daijiro was special and there are no words to describe this loss. Kato was a dear person as well as being a great champion. We are still very close to his family, and today I called Daijiro's father, Takashi Kato, and spoke with Makiko, Daijiro's wife to share this sad day with them."

Daijiro Kato was a special person and a champion. He surprised everyone when racing as a wild card in his home GPs at Suzuka and Motegi in the 250cc class, with two victories and a second place. In 2000 he officially entered the World Motorbikes Championship with the Gresini Team. He showed his talent in his first year, finishing 3rd. In 2001 he won the 250cc World Title with 11 victories along the way. In 2002 he switched to the premier class with 2 second places and a pole position. 2003 was the year of the tragic incident at "his" Suzuka.

MotoGP, 2006

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