It was an older photo of January 20th in the airport of Cancún, México, when I was coming back to Colombia.
I had to put my bags and so on in there for the epically epic long travel what awaited for me from Cancún to Panamá, and from Panamá to Bogotá. And the worst of all is that I had to come back to classes the next day.
Something very funny was this photo, I was doing the queue in front of the “74 door”. And in the end, it was the door who had to use my parents and I for put my stuff.
Since then, the 74 became too my lucky number. Yes, I am so Katista even for this. XD
Today ten years ago that great Daijiro Kato left us, one of my mechanics was his mechanic! #74 (via @AleixEspargaro)
Hey, Aleix Espargaró, you’re doing it really right for make a tribute to Daijiro Kato, eh? ;)
Someone did noticed the 74 sticker in the back of Taka and the 48 in the bike?
Ten years of Suzuka 2003.
I can put my first memory of MotoGP in today ten years ago… Japanese GP of 2003, in Suzuka.
I still can remember… Daijiro’s crash being shown in national news. I still can remember how suddenly I was able of remember it, though I shouldn’t do it, because I didn’t care about MotoGP in that time. It was the first time I heard about of it, in fact.
And then during those two weeks, hearing about… he on comma, with critical state… I was still too young, with just ten years old, I didn’t understand, the only was… “he’s not fine”. I didn’t understand that he would die anyway… and as you know, in the end it happened. That April 20th.
As said a lot of riders, the race had to stop… as said Rossi and everybody, Suzuka was already too dangerous, and they weren’t able of solve it in time… and then Suzuka became the place of the sudden end of probably one of its best children. Did you know that Daijiro loved Suzuka, it was his favourite track? Destiny sometimes is so wry and bastard.
That crash became a breakpoint, and because of that, it was necessary to do a lot of things for improve safety in MotoGP. Right now, I remembered some crashes in 2012 season, who were very violent and similar to the one who killed Daijiro… against a wall… but because all those improvings, the riders now would be able of survive and being fine. But the same story as a lot of similar situations: They don’t do a shit unless something terrible happens, as with this, with Daijiro.
It’s sad and unlucky that when I want to place my first memory about MotoGP, it has to be on there. I really, really hate it. But I don’t reject it, I don’t hide it anymore, because this is my truth. My only truth.
Do you know why I chose this photo?
Because I don’t want to remember the saddest things. I would prefer this funny, cute photo, of him pointing to the camera. Yes, even in Suzuka 2003, before of that race, but still, a very funny photo.
He was like that, as shown in photos, videos… as said as people who met him personally… he was like that, funny, cool. He’s one of the few people I would call “fucking boss”. He won my respect as a rider, that one who kicked the asses of everybody in 2001 season in 250cc. That one who got a podium on his debut in Suzuka 96 of 250cc, and the following year, he would get in the last corner of last lap of Suzuka 97 the victory, from the hands of Harada and Ukawa. But also, he won my respect as a person, as the funny, cute guy who had stupid photos on his website, who dedicated a place to his cats on the first version of his official website, the one who seemed to be the only who painted something serious in a ceramics event before Motegi 2002 and had a fangirlish cameraguy saying “Kato-san, Kato-saaaaan, Kato-saaaaaaaan”.
Yes, April 6th is a very sad day, but do you know, dear Dai-chan? Yes, I miss you, but you were so fucking awesome that to cry over you would be so unfair.
I would love to have you winning as my first memory. But it was impossible. But still, I can research and I can talk random stuff and spread the love.
And despite my lack of luck I can admire you. You deserve it. I chose to remember and I am not alone.
All my infinite respect for you, Kato Daijiro-senshu.
~kanaru von pepinous~ 「阿部カナル」～「クレイドネ・フラナガン」
From the collection: These randomly random photos of random stuff about the people she admires and cares so much for words.
The Daijiro Kato fanart card… I talked about it on here.
And the CD, on here.
Ukawa mola en la foto. Los dos últimos creo que uno se llama Yanagawa y el otro no sé como se llama. Dai-chan es sobrio y mola en la foto.
Y el del centro, Norifumi Abe. Nada más que decir *O* (Es que en serio, él… sfgsdfksdfgskfkfs)
Lo sentimos, I CAN’T EVEN *O* Mi coherencia se fue djfksdfgkfgdskfgsfsdfgsald…
Ukawa-san, Dai-chan, Norick…
And then something happened today with my random mind again so I am fangirling him again and please take a minute for appreciate his beautiful face. Please, please, please. ♥
le Me forever loving Abe-chan’s jacket.
Yes, I have something with his dressing sense *_* ♥
BTW these photos are from 2006 year, from an event of the team he founded for support Japanese young talents.
Kanaru and her CDs.