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Masao Furusawa: ‘The Chef' gets ready for ‘The Doctor'

Masao Furusawa: ‘The Chef' gets ready for ‘The Doctor'

Masao Furusawa: ‘The Chef' gets ready for ‘The Doctor'

The recently appointed head of Yamaha's new MotoGP Sports Department is gearing-up the famous Japanese factory for a full-throttle assault on the 2004 MotoGP World Championship. Masao Furusawa, who has worked with Yamaha since the early 1970s, heads up the factory's massive effort to wrest the World Championship from Honda, spearheaded by reigning MotoGP World Champion Valentino Rossi. Furusawa likens his head of development role to that of a chef - a chef preparing winning high-speed machinery for the man known as The Doctor.

"We have prepared some ingredients, now we are mixing them together and soon we will be able to taste the result," said Furusawa at Yamaha's first tests of the year in Malaysia last weekend. Furusawa and Rossi are united in the goal of winning the World Championship in the Italian's debut season with Yamaha and the Japanese boss has the highest regard for his new rider. "I like his character and I appreciate his grasp of the technical matters that need attention. His crew is also a great help.

Furusawa has already worked extensively on the M1 for over six months and contributed to major developments on the bike before winter testing even began. "I started mid-season and have looked carefully at what we need to upgrade," he explained. "One area is horsepower and we have increased maximum speed too, but this is not everything in MotoGP. We investigated the chassis and introduced a new one at Valencia last year."

However, it is during the season that Furusawa believes the results of his direction will show and he is no doubt that Rossi will have a competitive package by the time the action starts at Welkom on April 18th. "We have prepared different specification engines and chassis and many smaller items," he explained. "We currently have four types of engines and four types of chassis to try. We have five more tests before the first race and we will test them all and then combine the results to make a good bike. The deadline for making the best bike is two and a half months."

MotoGP, 2003

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