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This guy will be a regular rider next year in Moto2 in 2014 year :3.
He is Kohta Nozane, from Webike Team Norick Yamaha, actually racing in Japan in J-GP2 division of Japanese Superbikes, and he appeared some times as a wildcard in Moto2 too. He is just 17 years old and recently he won a race in Motegi, as well as a podium last week in Autopolis!
Noticed the name of the team eh? In fact, the team was founded for Norifumi “Norick” Abe (yeah the guy I love to do random fluffy posts all time <3) in 2006 year as a team for children and for support new talents. Unfortunately, as most people knows, Norick died in October 7, 2007, so actually the team is managed for other people. Probably his family (and I suspect mostly of Mr. Mitsuo Abe, former car racer and Norifumi’s father), but I am not sure since my Japanese is still awful for know who actually manages the team.
I was very happy of found this since I was worried because Norick Abe’s official website fell down in 2012 year after of spend SINCE 2008 with no activity not even for tributes, so I even thought that the team even disappeared. But I am glad of know that the legacy of one of my favourite Japanese riders and probably even my platonic love is still here in a way.
Next year, the Team Norick will enter into MotoGP in Moto2 class, with Nozane as the rider, so it is obvious that I will have someone else to support. Nozane-senshu seems to be very cool XD. AND I WILL HAVE LOADS OF FEELINGS.
And actually I already have them: The helmet design of Kozane is very similar to the designs who used Norick: The stars, feathers and the dreamcatcher. So you can notice the loads of feelings and drama I am doing right now because of it.
(Fuck, Nozane! It is obvious you love Norick but be more original if you want truly to shine at least on your image!)
So… enjoy the photos XD
If you want to support them, go to their Facebook page ^o^.
(PD: I want that black shirt with Norick logo from the first photo. Seriously)
You had to be here for know how much I would love to see your happiness when someone remembers you in that way, my dearest.
Wherever you are, I hope my thoughts, my words and my feelings can reach your soul.
Happy Birthday. ♥
Be happy little Shoya-san, wherever you are. There are still people like remembers you.
I will take your farewell with greatest honour.
Hey, my two new buttons! <3
Left: Teru, guitarrist of Versailles and Jupiter. Photo of 2011 year, from a collectible card who was in some copies of Holy Grail album by Versailles.
Right: Daijiro Kato (1976-2003), MotoGP rider. Photo of 2003 year.
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…