GP Racer Norifumi "Norick" Abe killed in traffic accident

more sad motorsport news…

This guy was awesome… unique style on the bike, laid back personality and a racing inspiration to many, including Valentino Rossi, a close personal friend… Expect much mention of his sad passing at this weekends Australian GP…

:frowning: RIP…

[quote]Japanese motorcycle racer ‘Norick’ Abe dies in traffic accident

TOKYO: Japanese motorcycle racer Norifumi “Norick” Abe, whose career in racing spanned 10 years, died in a traffic accident near his home in Kawasaki, Japan, Sunday. He was 32.

According to local police, Abe was riding his motorcycle when he collided with a truck that was making a U-turn.

Abe made his world championship debut in 1994 as a wild card at the Japanese Grand Prix.

The first of Abe’s three wins in the world championship came in 1996 in Japan. He had a total of 17 podium finishes from his 144 grand prix appearances.

His last race in MotoGP was in 2004 at the Valencia Grand Prix.[/quote]

vale Abe.

That’s sad news. He made many appearances in Taiwan and even on a TV show here. He seemed to be a very nice guy, and a very good rider. Not a good year for racing fans, especially after the death of WRC driver Colin McRae.

That’s terrible. And I liked his Shoei replica helmet too.