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Other Sport 04 Apr 2003 | 12:00 AM

Rossi: Staying on top will be tough

Italy's Valentino Rossi, who kick-starts his second straight defence of his world motorcycle crown in this season's opening race this weekend, predicted Friday that the championship would be a close run.

Other Sport 05 Apr 2003 | 12:00 AM

Rossi draws first blood in duel with Biaggi

World champion Valentino Rossi drew first blood at the season-opening Japan Grand Prix in Suzuka Friday after cruising to provisional pole ahead of arch-rival Max Biaggi.

Other Sport 07 Apr 2003 | 12:00 AM

Rossi storms to victory

MotoGP world champion Valentino Rossi stormed to victory in the season-opening Japanese Grand Prix Sunday, completing a hat-trick of victories at Suzuka.

Other Sport 07 Apr 2003 | 12:00 AM

Not a good outing for Proton KR riders in Japan

Proton Team KR riders Jeremy McWilliams and Nobuatsu Aoki failed to give the team a good start to the season when both retired early in the Japanese Motorcycle Grand Prix in Suzuka Sunday.

Other Sport 09 Apr 2003 | 12:00 AM

Japanese Kato remains in coma after Sunday's crash

Japanese motorcyclist Daijiro Kato remained in a coma for the third day since crashing during the season-opening Japan Grand Prix, a spokesman said yesterday.

Other Sport 11 Apr 2003 | 12:00 AM

Kato in stable condition but still unconscious

Coma-stricken Japanese motorcycling star Daijiro Kato was in a stable condition in intensive care on Wednesday, three days after his horror crash at the Japan Grand Prix, officials said.

Other Sport 21 Apr 2003 | 12:00 AM

MotoGP rider Kato dies after succumbing to injuries

Japanese MotoGP rider Daijiro Kato has died in hospital from a heart attack after failing to recover from injuries sustained in a crash at the Japanese Grand Prix, a spokesman for MotoGP said on Saturday.

Other Sport 27 Apr 2003 | 12:00 AM

Honda to set up inquiry into Kato's death

Honda revealed Saturday there will be an independent enquiry into the death of Japanese rider Daijiro Kato, who died following an accident at the Suzuka circuit on April 6.

Other Sport 05 Aug 2003 | 12:00 AM

Kato still in minds of riders and fans, three months after fatal crash

No memorial service nor a minute's silence was held for the late Daijiro Kato, who would have been the defending champion at the weekend's Suzuka Eight Hours race, but memories of Japan's top rider are still vivid in the minds of fellow riders and fans.

Other Sport 20 Sep 2003 | 12:00 AM

Season-opening Japanese Grand Prix dropped for 2004

The season-opening Japanese motorcycling Grand Prix at Suzuka has been dropped from next year's calendar because safety demands cannot be met, the sport's governing body the FIM said Friday.