Ten years ago, on April 20, 2003, one of the most talented Japanese motorcycle racers ever passed away after fighting for his life following a high-speed accident at Suzuka during the MotoGP championship series. Daijiro Kato was 26 years old, humble, polite and adored, particularly in Japan after dominating the 2001 250cc GP championship series . . . taking a record 11 wins in the process.
Kato showed great promise after moving up to the Premier class and wrestling the new 990cc four-stroke v-5 monster Honda, eventually alongside teammate Sete Gibernau. Kato’s passing is just one reminder of the great danger lurking beneath the beauty of this sport, and the fragile nature of life. Here are a couple of videos that we selected from YouTube that you might take the time to watch.