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Encyclopedia > Daijiro Kato
Daijiro Kato
Motorcycle Grand Prix Career
Nationality Flag of Japan Japanese
Active years 1996 - 2003
Team(s) Honda
Grands Prix 53
Championships 250cc - 2001
Wins 17
Podium finishes    27
Pole positions 11
Fastest laps
First Grand Prix 1996 250cc Japanese Grand Prix
First win 1997 250cc Japanese Grand Prix
Last win 2001 250cc Brazilian Grand Prix
Last Grand Prix 2003 MotoGP Japanese Grand Prix

Daijiro Kato (Japanese: 加藤 大治郎; Katō Daijirō; July 4, 1976April 20, 2003) was a Japanese Grand Prix motorcycle road racer and the 2001 World Champion in the 250cc class. Image File history File links Daijiro_Kato_74. ... Grand Prix motorcycle racing refers to the premier category of motorcycle road racing, currently divided into three distinct classes: 125 cc, 250 cc and MotoGP. Grand prix motorcycles are purpose-built racing machines that are neither available for general purchase nor can be legitimately ridden on public roads; this contrasts... Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan_(bordered). ... This article recaps the 1996 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season. ... This article recaps the 2003 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... List of Grand Prix motorcycle racing FIM World Champions, from 1949 to 2006, in order of year and engine displacement. ... This article recaps the 2001 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season. ... Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... This article recaps the 1996 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season. ... The Japanese motorcycle Grand Prix is a motorcycling event that is part of the Grand Prix motorcycle racing season. ... This article recaps the 1997 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season. ... This article recaps the 2001 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season. ... This article recaps the 2003 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season. ... For the United States holiday, the Fourth of July, see Independence Day (United States). ... 1976 (MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday. ... April 20 is the 110th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (111th in leap years). ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Grand Prix motorcycle racing refers to the premier category of motorcycle road racing, currently divided into three distinct classes: 125 cc, 250 cc and MotoGP. Grand prix motorcycles are purpose-built racing machines that are neither available for general purchase nor can be legitimately ridden on public roads; this contrasts... // Classic Road Racing Road Racing on (temporary closed) public roads Motorcycle sport is a broad field that encompasses all sporting aspects of motorcycling. ... Road racing can be a term involving road running, road bicycle races, or automobile races. ... 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... List of Grand Prix motorcycle racing FIM World Champions, from 1949 to 2006, in order of year and engine displacement. ...

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Biography

Kato was born in Saitama, and started racing miniature bikes at an early age, becoming a four-time national champion in the Japanese pocket-bike championship. Saitama ) is the capital and the most populous city of Saitama Prefecture in Japan. ... Miniature motorcycle, mini motorcycle, minimoto or pocket bike is a popular racing sport in Japan and Europe. ...


He began road racing in 1992, and entered his first Grand Prix in 1996, as a wild-card rider. In the 250cc class, Kato finished third after debuting at his home circuit in Suzuka, Mie, his favorite track. The next year, he won the Japanese Championship, and again entered the Japanese Grand Prix with a wild card, winning the race at this occasion. 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ... 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... Suzuka (鈴鹿市; -shi) is a city located in Mie, Japan, about 50 miles south west of Nagoya. ... Suzuka International Racing Course (Suzuka Circuit for short) was a host of the Formula One Fuji Television Japanese Grand Prix, and is one of the oldest and most-famous motorsport race tracks in Japan. ...


In spite of these successes, Kato didn't ride his first full Grand Prix season until 2000, when he started in the 250cc, riding a Honda. He won four races that season (of which two in Japan), and placed third in the championship. In 2001, he dominated the 250cc championship. He won no less than 11 races - a record - and easily won the title. 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


The following season, Kato moved up to the MotoGP class (formerly 500cc) riding for Honda Racing Corporation (HRC). In spite of riding a weaker two-stroke bike the first half of the season, Kato performed reasonably well. Grand Prix motorcycle racing refers to the premier categories of motorcycle road racing. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


Racing highlights

Year Achievement(s)
1993
  • All Kyushu Area Championship: SP250, GP125, GP250 classes.
  • Ranking: Championship winner in all 3 classes.
1994
1995
1996
  • All Japan Road Race Championship: GP250 class.
  • Ranking: Second.
  • Kato participated as a wild card rider at the world grand prix championship GP250 race in Japan and finished third.
1997
  • All Japan Road Race Championship: GP250 class.
  • Ranking: Championship winner.
  • Kato again participated as a wild card rider at the world grand prix championship GP250 race in Japan and won the race.
  • Kato raced the Suzuka 8 Hours in Japan and finished ninth.
1998
  • All Japan Road Race Championship: GP250 class.
  • Ranking: Eighth.
  • Kato again participated as a wild card rider at the world grand prix championship GP250 race in Japan and won the race a second time.
1999
2000
2001
  • Grand Prix World Championship: GP250 class.
  • Ranking: Championship winner.
  • Kato set a new grand prix world record by winning 11 races throughout the 2001 season. He was also recognized for his efforts to the public by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports and Science and Technology.
2002
2003

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Death

On April 6, 2003 during the first race of the 2003 MotoGP season at Suzuka, Kato crashed hard and sustained severe head, neck and chest injuries. He was estimated to have hit the wall near the final chicane of the circuit at around 125mph (200 km/h). April 6 is the 96th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (97th in leap years). ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Suzuka International Racing Course (Suzuka Circuit for short) was a host of the Formula One Fuji Television Japanese Grand Prix, and is one of the oldest and most-famous motorsport race tracks in Japan. ... The Ford chicane on Le Mans A chicane is a sequence of tight serpentine curves (usually an S-shape curve) in a roadway, used in auto racing and on city streets to slow cars. ...


Many questions were raised regarding the actions of the corner workers immediately following the crash. Kato was thrown back onto the track after hitting the wall and was lying next to the racing line [1]. Normally, when a motorcycle and/or rider are incapacitated on the race track, a red flag is waved and the race stopped so the track can be safely cleared. This did not happen following Kato's accident. Instead, the corner workers dragged his body off the track and threw him on a stretcher, actions that are not in accordance with tending to someone with suspected neck and spinal cord injuries. The race was not stopped. The flagman waves the green flag at the start of the Aarons 499 at Talladega Superspeedway on April 6, 2003. ... The Spinal cord nested in the vertebral column. ...


Kato spent two weeks in a coma following the accident before dying as a result of the injuries he sustained. The cause of death was listed as brain stem infarction. Many of the MotoGP riders wore black armbands or placed small #74's on their leathers and bikes at the following race in South Africa to pay tribute to the fallen racer. His teammate, Sete Gibernau, has wore a #74 in his suit since then. There has not been a Grand Prix motorcycle race held at Suzuka following Kato's crash with safety issues at the facility being cited as the reason. Mostly enveloped by the cerebrum and cerebellum (blue), the visible part of brainstem is shown in black. ... This article does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Sete Gibernau (born December 15, 1972 in Barcelona) is a Spanish MotoGP racer currently residing in Switzerland in order to avoid paying taxes in Spain. ...


Daijiro Kato leaves behind a wife, Makiko, a son Ikko and daughter Rinka who was less than a month old when he died.


Later in July, during the Suzuka 8 Hours race, Honda paid tribute to Daijiro, who twice won the race, by bearing his racing number of the Sakurai Honda bike of Tadayuki Okada and Chojun Kameya who crashed out of the second lap from a spillt oil on the first corner of the track along with two other bikes of Nicky Hayden and Atsushi Watanabe. Once Tady and two others returned to the pits with their broken bikes, the former 500cc rider was permitted to go back out with a spare bike, as a mark of respect, but was ineligible to win since his original bike was badly damaged and two hours later, Tady returned to the pitlane to retire the bike in a mass applause from the crowd. At the end of the race, the other Sakurai bike of Yukio Nukumi and Manabu Kamada who would win the race, went on to the rostrum to show off Daijiro's helmet bearing his number at the front of his visor and a photo of him on the as a mark of respect. Soon afterwards the FIM retired his number. Suzuka 8 Hours is a Super NES game that allows you to virtually participate in the grueling eight-hour long Suzuka race in Japan. ... Tadayuki Taddy Okada (born February 13, 1967) is a Japanese professional Grand Prix motorcycle road racer. ... Nicholas Nicky Patrick Hayden (born July 30, 1981 in Owensboro, Kentucky), also known as The Kentucky Kid, is an American professional motorcycle racer and 2006 MotoGP World Champion. ... The Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) is the governing body of motorcycle racing. ...


HRC press release

Corporate Communications Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
The Passing Away of Daijiro Kato
April 20, 2003

During the first race of the 2003 MotoGP Series held at Suzuka Circuit in Japan, Daijiro Kato crashed into the crash barrier on the left side of the track just before the chicane. Kato fell into a coma and had been receiving medical attention for the past two weeks, following the accident. At 00:42am on April 20, Daijiro Kato passed away at the young age of 26. The cause of death was brainstem infarction.

"It was with a tremendous sense of grief that I learned of the tragic passing away of Daijiro Kato. He was one of Japan's representatives in the racing world and was recognized as one of the world's top riders. Kato secured the 250cc Class Championship in 2001 and last year moved to the MotoGP class where he held a world ranking of #7. His performance provided all of his fans with a dream. My heartfelt prayers are with him." (Suguru Kanazawa - Director, Honda Motor Co., Ltd., President, Honda Racing)

Everyone, including Daijiro Kato's fans, have been praying for as quick a recovery as possible and it is truly heartbreaking that he has left us. Our deepest condolences are with Daijiro Kato's family and we would like to express our sincere gratitude to all of Kato's fans who were so supportive of him.

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Preceded by
Olivier Jacque
250cc Motorcycle World Champion
2001
Succeeded by
Marco Melandri

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Daijiro Kato ist Tod! (527 words)
Kato began his rise to motorcycling stardom at the age of five on the miniature pocket bikes.
Kato rode a NSR500 two-stroke, claiming a second position in the Spanish GP of Jerez, before being awarded a dominant RC211V at the German GP, claiming another second at the Czech GP.
Kato, who lived in the Italian town of Cattolica near the Misano circuit on the Adriatic coast, leaves a wife Makiko andtwo children - a son called Ikko and a baby girl, who was bornon March 26 and has yet to be named.
Daijiro Kato (249 words)
Daijiro Kato (加藤 大治郎 1976-2003) was a Japanese motorcycle racer, the 2001 World Champion in the 250 cc class.
Kato was born on July 4, 1976 in Saitama, and started racing miniature bikes at an early age, becoming a four-time national champion in the Japanese pocket-bike championship.
In the first race of the 2003 season, at his favourite Suzuka circuit, Kato crashed hard, and sustained head, neck and chest injuries.
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