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Matsudo returns to Japanese Championship with Moriwaki

Matsudo returns to Japanese Championship with Moriwaki

Matsudo returns to Japanese Championship with Moriwaki

Naoki Matsudo is set to quit the 250cc World Championship after five seasons to take up a ride with Moriwaki Racing in the Japanese Championship. The 31-year-old will ride a Honda CBR1000R in the JSB1000 series and says he has not ruled out a return to Grand Prix competition in the future.

"I'll be going back to the Japanese Championship and I think the official bike and support from Moriwaki will give me an opportunity to do well," said Matsudo, who won the national 250cc title in 1999. "It's a long time since I raced a full season in Japan but I'll be trying to win another title and I'm looking forward to start testing as soon as possible."

After a frustrating final season with the UGT Kurz team, when he finished 15th overall on an outdated Yamaha, Matsudo signed an agreement with Kiefer Castrol Honda Racing to continue in the quarter-litre class but says the German outfit withdrew their offer at the last minute.

"As soon as the 2004 season was over I signed a precontract agreement with Kiefer Castrol Honda Racing but unfortunately they broke it without even consulting me," he explains.

"After the entry list for 2005 came out I was contacted by several teams but I decided that the best option for my future was to start racing four-strokes and I went with Moriwaki.

"I know that the team are planning a few wildcard entries for MotoGP but at the moment my role will be in the Japanese Championship. Obviously I would like to race in MotoGP myself so we'll see what happens."

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250cc, 2005

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