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Old 10-07-2007, 01:10 PM   #1
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RIP Norifumi 'Norick' Abe

Apparently he died in a traffic accident last night near Tokyo. :(
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Old 10-07-2007, 01:17 PM   #2
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Old 10-07-2007, 01:19 PM   #3
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, what a loss. RIP Abe.
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Old 10-07-2007, 01:37 PM   #6
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Wow...
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Not a way to go for a racer like him.
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Very sad. I still remember his very first 500cc race as a wild card rider at 19 years old. Unbelievably fast, and wow'd everybody while mixing it up at the front... until he crashed.

But that race launched him into the spotlight.
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Old 10-07-2007, 02:44 PM   #9
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Sounds like he died from motorcycle accident.

http://www1.ntv.co.jp/news/wmtram/dw...05&n_url=94744
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Old 10-07-2007, 03:17 PM   #10
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More details on Norick 'Norifumi' Abe's apparent death are becoming known now that the news of his death has reached Europe and America.

News reports from Tokyo and Yamaha insiders say he was killed in a street accident when a truck pulled a U-turn directly in front of him, and Abe collided with the truck--the same type of accident that killed Mike Hailwood in 1981.

It has been reported that Abe was riding either a motorcycle or a scooter in the incident.

Abe was most well known for his raace with Kevin Schwantz and Mick Doohan at Suzuka in the mid-1990s when Abe's aggressive riding and to say-the-least unconventional riding style won him many Japanese fans.

After racing in WSBK last season, Abe raced this season in Japan, where was a fairly well known racing celebrity.
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RIP to yet another japanese great! you will be missed Abe-san.
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Yes, I loved watching Abe..... He will be missed. Sad way to go.... RIP
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