Perhaps one of the most surprising comments from Tetsuo Suzuki - a former classmate of Nakamoto - was when asked for his hero as a racer.
Suzuki selected two former Honda MotoGP stars, Valentino Rossi and the late Daijiro Kato. Rossi won the first three of his seven MotoGP titles with Honda, then left for Yamaha at the end of 2003.
“For me Valentino Rossi and Daijiro Kato are the leading lights. I have to mention their racing attitude - it's exemplary. Most of the riders say "I can't ride very fast because of this and that". But Daijiro and Valentino both say "Please solve this issue and I'll do the rest".”