Gone too soon: Daijiro Kato
We remember one of Japan’s most promising motorcycle racers on the anniversary of his death
The year was 2002. It was a year that held a lot of importance in the world of Grand Prix motorcycle racing. It was the year that the 500cc two-strokes started to fade away. With the new 990cc four-stroke motorcycles accompanying the Honda NSR500s and the Yamaha YZR500s, it was the end of an era that saw epic battles with riders like Valentino Rossi, Max Biaggi and Loris Capirossi riding those almost uncontrollable two-stroke machines. It was also the year that Daijiro Kato graduated to the premier class after having won 11 of the 16 races...
Daruvala, who had sealed his second Formula 2 win with a dominating drive in the second sprint race on Saturday, was sluggish from second and clocked 56:41.936.
This was Bagnaia's debut success in the premier category after 10 wins combined in Moto2 and Moto3.