|Tokyo, April 25, 2003 --- Honda
Motor Co., Ltd. has announced that it will establish an independent third-party
Accident Investigation Committee, to be chaired by Professor Ichiro Kageyama of
Nihon University's College of Industrial Technology. The committee will conduct a
minute analysis on Daijiro Kato's MotoGP accident at Suzuka Circuit, in an attempt to
identify the cause of the crash.
Since immediately after the crash, Honda has been analyzing the accident vehicle with
Honda Racing Corporation in order to clarify the cause of the accident. Thus far,
however, no analytical data has been retrieved which would suggest any type of
irregularity with the motorcycle.
The members of an Accident Investigation Committee, tasked with identifying the cause
of the accident, will be chosen shortly.