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Norick Abe laid to rest in Tokyo

Norick Abe laid to rest in Tokyo

A minutes silence is to be held tomorrow at Phillip Island to pay tribute to Norick Abe, the former MotoGP rider whose tragic death in a traffic accident shook the motorcycling world last weekend.

A minutes silence is to be held tomorrow at Phillip Island to pay tribute to Norick Abe, the former MotoGP rider whose tragic death in a traffic accident shook the motorcycling world last weekend.

All riders will have a moment of quiet reflection for their Japanese comrade, who was one of the most popular figures in the MotoGP paddock, from 10.13am local time. Individual tributes will be paid to Abe by a number of participants in tomorrows three races, through the wearing of armbands and special stickers on their bikes.

A final chance to say goodbye to Abe took place yesterday at 6pm in Aoyama Sougisho, Tokyo, and more than 3000 people took the opportunity to pay their respects ahead of todays funeral, including friend and fellow rider Tetsuya Harada. Abes funeral was held today at the same location.

Nearly 400 fans have written to motogp.com with their own personal tributes to one of the great characters of premier class racing, and these will be published shortly. Many members of the paddock have also recounted their memories of Abe, who was a friend and inspiration for some of the current stars from both Japan and Europe.

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MotoGP, 2007, GMC AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX

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