MotoGP » Eight years on: Daijiro Kato remembered

It was eight years ago today (April 20) that Daijiro Kato succumbed to injuries sustained in the 2003 season-opening Japanese MotoGP race, at Suzuka...

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Sick Cylinder - Unregistered

April 21, 2011 9:01 AM

R.I.P. Daijiro

Kiko - The term "Alien" refers to Rossi, Pedrosa, Stoner and Lorenzo. For several years they have been at a different level from all other riders. This difference in level was originally so noticeable that it was as if they were from another world, hence the term "Alien".

Mick C - Unregistered

April 21, 2011 9:36 PM

I can only echo all the tributes to Kato, God Bless number 74. Have tried to find a Kato tribute T-shirt to benefit his Family/Charity etc with no joy. Anyone got any info ?


April 22, 2011 5:40 AM

I seem to remember Kato losing it coming onto the home straight at Suzuka and hitting the wall on the left side which was only a few meters from the track edge with no run off area. This was indeed the reason Suzuka was dropped from the calender and an embarrasment for Honda as they own the circuit. Still an awesome track tho'.

The Alien term is indeed the gang of 4 in present day GP's that Sick mentioned but the term I think originated in Spain where Kenny Roberts Sr. was referred to as "el extraterrestre" or the alien.

fatboy slim - Unregistered

April 22, 2011 9:34 AM

i remember early 2003 when i attended the gresini launch in the paddock at barcelona when sete and dajiro were presented to the media.afterwards i spoke to both riders and especially dajiro who i remember with very fond imence talent lost. 74 forever.

BBlacky - Unregistered

April 22, 2011 4:59 PM

The loss of Suzuka to GP motorcycle racing was a tragedy in itself, considering that today's MotoGP events take place at the 'point-n-squirt' Motegi, one of the typically despicable gokart circuits that have replaced the great (and dangerous) road courses. Honda is all-powerful, DK rode for them, Suzuka is a Honda course, and this is perhaps why no one pointed out that the idiotic chicane they placed there, source of many incidents in bothoncho2- and 4-wheel racing, was partly to blame for DK's crash. It occurs after an extremely fast left-hand sweeper (at the overpass) and traditionally swept downhill onto the main straight, where a GP bike would be doing over 300km/h. Some honcho fantasized what would happen if a bike or car got airborne and tore into the grandstand at those speeds. Not impossible but highy unlikely. So a committee of dour skinny guys in company uniforms sitting around a table smoking ciggies decided to chop up the grand last-corner sweeper. It became dangerous in a

MM - Unregistered

April 23, 2011 6:54 AM

"I also remember his racing in 250 class, every time out of turn he gained 5-10 meters instantly over any other bike (Aprilia or Honda) thanks to his weight advantage."

Well Pedrosa, (4kg less than Kato), also has a considerable weight advantage, and hasn't gone on a diet since his 125/250 days, so do you think his 125 and 250 championships and MotoGP wins have all been undeserved and that he is isn't really an 'alien' either then?

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