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Moriwaki optimistic about MotoGP debut

Moriwaki optimistic about MotoGP debut

Moriwaki optimistic about MotoGP debut

The start of the 2003 MotoGP World Championship marks the return to top level action for Moriwaki after a seven year absence.This season the Japanese engineering firm plan to take part in several Grand Prix with wildcard entries before entering the 2004 series as a full-time participant. After testing at the Suzuka Circuit with the rest of their MotoGP rivals on Sunday and Monday, the team are now optimistic of making a positive impression on their debut in the new-look four-stroke series.

`To be honest I did not think we were capable of setting a 2´06.8 at this early stage of our development programme´, confesses company president Mamoru Moriwaki. `However, we are still two seconds off the quickest time set by Valentino Rossi. If we can just refine our machine and get through our remaining work ahead of the race, I am convinced we can improve our times much further. I am very happy and excited about competing against the world´s top machines and riders once more´.

Tamaki Serizawa, the man charged with piloting the MD211VF, lapped quicker than the likes of Jacque on the Yamaha and Pitt on the Kawasaki but is aware of the limitations of his machine come race day. `There is still a lot of work to do, we are still developing the base of the bike. Without doubt, it is an honour to be lining up on Sunday´s grid, but we know the bike must improve and it is my job to make sure that happens´.

MotoGP, 2003

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