ROAD RACING - Kato Succumbs to Suzuka Injuries
Godspeed Dai-Chan 4/19/2003
Daijiro Kato, the former 250cc World Champion who was considered Japan's greatest hope to win a chamionship in the premier class, died early this morning from the injuries suffered in the season-opening Japanese Grand Prix. He was 27.
The Telefonica MoviStar Honda rider crashed in turn 130R, the entrance to the final chicane, on the third lap of the MotoGP race, suffering massive injuries to his head, neck, and chest.
Kato had to be resuscitated on the spot, then was flown by helicopter to Yokkaichi Central Hospital where he’d been in a coma and on a respirator, and battling to survive in the intensive care unit since the accident, two weeks ago today.
According to the www.motograndprix.com, the official website of the MotoGP World Championships, he died at 00:42 Sunday morning, local time. He leaves behind a wife and two children, the second of which was born just prior to the Japanese GP