Abe kick the bucket
I'm not sure if this is true but his website states so..
Norick Abe dies in road accident. Sun 07 Oct, 2007
‘Legendary rider’ Norick Abe dies in motorbike, truck collision Norifumi “Norick” Abe, one of Japan’s most successful motorcycle road racers, collided with a truck while riding a motorbike in Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture, and died from the resulting injuries after having been taken to hospital Sunday afternoon, the Asahi Shimbun reports. Abe was 32 years old.