Moriwaki complete new tests at Motegi
Moriwaki Engineering are continuing to work on their new MD211VF and today finished a two day test at the Japanese circuit of Motegi; the scene of the Gauloises Pacific Grand of Motegi on 5th October.
Test rider Tamaki Serizawa completed 74 laps clocking a best time of 1´52.86 and felt extremely positive with the progress made: `The bike is getting better and I feel more comfortable riding it every time I go on the track; it has evolved significantly since the first test back in February. Even though the times are not spectacular, we know now that we are working in the right direction and will be looking to fine-tune and sharpen various aspects of the motorcycle.´
Moriwaki, who has stated his desire to participate in the 13th round of the 2003 Championship, in Motegi, as a wild card, concentrated the work in the last few days on the carbon brakes and tyres.
The owner Mamoru Moriwaki explained that: `In this test we had plans to solve the little problems we had encountered so far and to make sure that the improvements we made pushed us in the right direction. On the second day it rained a little and we were able to take some valuable data from the damp conditions, even though the bike worked fine in the wet. We have done all we can to refine the sixth chassis we have produced and that will use in the next test. We have one month before the MotoGP race and will try to perfect our prototype in every session.´
After announcing his intention to form an entry in the 2004 MotoGP World Championship and to take part in some races this season as a wild-card, the team are working flat-out on the development of their machine. The Japanese factory made their competitive debut at the Skyy Vodka Grand Prix of Japan, where they used the grid places belonging to WCM. Their prototype crossed the finish line in 19th position.