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Moriwaki planning for five MotoGP races in 2004

Moriwaki planning for five MotoGP races in 2004

Moriwaki planning for five MotoGP races in 2004

Moriwaki Engineering Ltd have announced plans to contest five rounds of the 2004 MotoGP World Championship as a wildcard entry after failing to negotiate a full-time berth in the series. The Japanese chassis manufacturers, who have spent the last two years developing the MD211VF (a Honda RC211V engine in their own design frame), plan to take their machine out of Japan for the first time later this month as they join HRC for a three day test at Sepang starting on the 20th January. They will also be present at the February test at the same venue, where they will develop several new components and the latest Dunlop tyres for their most demanding season yet. "For this year's campaign we want to take part in five Grand Prix as a wildcard," confirmed Team Director Mamuru Moriwaki. "We are looking forward to beginning the preseason testing programme and continuing with development of the MD211VF. Our objective is to increase our presence in MotoGP so that we can eventually contest a full season and take the MD211VF to the top places in the category."

Moriwaki announced their plans to enter MotoGP at the Pacific Grand Prix in 2002 and contested both Japanese rounds, at Suzuka and Motegi, last season. They have since been working on development of the chassis at their workshop, which is just a stone's throw from the Suzuka Circuit complex.

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MotoGP, 2003

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