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Gresini bikes running tribute to Kato

Gresini bikes running tribute to Kato

Gresini bikes in all three categories of the World Championship are running tributes to Daijiro Kato on Saturday at Circuit of the Americas. 20th April 2013 marks ten years since the Japanese rider lost his life at Suzuka in 2003.

In memory of Kato, who was 26 at the time of his death, the MotoGP™ bikes of Alvaro Bautista and Bryan Staring – as well as their teammates in Moto2™ and Moto3™  – will sport his number 74 as the first ever qualifying sessions take place in Austin, Texas.

“The 20th April is a very sad day for us because it marks exactly ten years since we lost Daijiro Kato in a tragic accident in Japan,” says team owner Fausto Gresini. “Today we want to remember him as we knew him, with that smile that met each of his Grand Prix wins and lit up his face on so many occasions away from the track.

“His simplicity, combined with his inspired commitment, were two extraordinary facets of his character. Today we will have the number 74 on all of our bikes – a fitting tribute to a great champion who will always remain in our hearts and who we want to be remembered forever.”

Between 1995 and 2002, Kato triumphed in 17 Grands Prix as well as sealing 27 podium finishes, 11 pole positions and 11 fastest laps. He was the 250 World Champion of 2001.


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