With Tetsuya Harada and Marco Melandri.
This blog is a way of remember the Japanese MotoGP rider Daijiro Kato (Saitama, Japan, July 4th, 1976 - Yokkaichi, Japan, April 20, 2003).
About Daijiro here.
Someone decided that sleep in a bed or in a chair is too mainstream.
Pack of GIFs of this documentary video about him.
THE PACKS OF GIFs are back.
OK, from my personal account, but I was too bored so I did this.
A somewhat funny photo with Italian rider Marco Melandri (left), who was new in the 250cc class in that time. 2000 year.
Melandri would become one of the rivals of Kato for the title of 2001 year, despite the Italian ended up third, behind of Kato and Tetsuya Harada. Also, Melandri would get his first victory on 250cc class in Sachsenring 2001, after of beat Kato himself in the last moments of the race.
Melandri, finally, would become the Champion of 250cc class in 2002 year.
And, by the way, Melandri… no, Daijiro Kato is not your newest pillow. Thanks.
Today ten years ago that great Daijiro Kato left us, one of my mechanics was his mechanic! #74 (via @AleixEspargaro)
From my personal blog.
The Spanish rider Aleix Espargaró (Power Electronics Aspar Team, MotoGP) wrote this on his twitter account in April 20th, before of the qualifications of the race in COTA.
By the way, did you notice tht the “4” on Espargaró’s race number on his ‘41’ (who is known that he took it from another Japanese rider, Youichi Ui) was taken from Kato’s 74, even on the detail of the eight-points star?
Maybe I am the only crazy in the world who noticed that, but seems like yes, Aleix admired so much Kato-san to the point of copy him a bit.
Mr. Aleix Espargaró, thanks for honour his memory as deserved!
Daijiro Kato, Telefonica Movistar Gresini-Honda NSR250, 2001 Malaysian 250cc Grand Prix, Sepang
Though this photo was already posted, and in fact it’s one of most known of Daijiro Kato, just reblogging this because they wrote “世界チャンピオン" (‘sekai champion’, it means "World Champion" in Japanese Language).
Aleix Espargaró with a little sticker with a 74 inside of his 41.
Álvaro Bautista’s bike in Austin, remembering to dear Daijiro.