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Moriwaki satisfied with Sepang tests

Moriwaki satisfied with Sepang tests

Moriwaki satisfied with Sepang tests

Having announced their intention to compete in five MotoGP World Championship rounds this season and after sealing the signature of former World Supersport Champion Andrew Pitt as their rider, Moriwaki Racing completed their first test with the MD211VF outside of Japan in Malaysia last week. Riding alongside factory Honda and Kawasaki riders, Pitt gradually improved his time and eventually lapped half a second quicker than when he rode the Kawasaki at the same circuit in the Marlboro Malaysian Grand Prix last October.

"We brought in a newly designed chassis, heavily modified from the 2003 model," said Team Director Mamoru Moriwaki of the test. "From the four days, I was able to confirm that our efforts are going in the right direction. The important thing at this stage is to raise the potential of the bike, as well as the tyres, to a competitive level. We are hoping and planning for a maximum of five wild card entries in 2004 and aiming for a full season entry in 2005."

Pitt was also happy with the results of the test, claiming that he could have gone even quicker with more time on the bike and a higher level of physical preparation. "On day four, when I pushed for a quick time, I was a little tired from the three days of testing in such hot weather," explained the Australian. "I am sure that if we were to spend some time setting up a bike for the lap and I was in good condition, I could get into the 2'04s. The engine is really smooth and the Moriwaki chassis is really easy to control."

Moriwaki will be back in Malaysia alongside the majority of MotoGP teams for their next test on February 11th.

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MotoGP, 2003

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