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Ukawa joins Moriwaki Racing in testing role

Ukawa joins Moriwaki Racing in testing role

Ukawa joins Moriwaki Racing in testing role

Moriwaki Racing will continue the developpement of the MotoGP MD211VF prototype this year and announced Tohru Ukawa as their new test rider. In 2004, Moriwaki Racing scored seven points on five wildcard entries with Andrew Pitt and Olivier Jacque. The Japanese outfit plans to enter a few Grand Prix again to push forward the development of the Honda-powered MD211VF.

"Our 2005 race shedule is yet to be confirmed. However, we hope to be at Shanghai and Motegi as a wildcard entry," said team director Mamoru Moriwaki. "Having an experienced MotoGP rider like Ukawa to develop our original MotoGP machine, I am very much looking forward to working with him in order to pull up the potential of the MD211VF."

A HRC rider for the past twelve years, Ukawa only entered a single Grand Prix last season as a wildcard, as he already assumed a test rider role for the Japanese factory.

"When I received the offer from the Moriwaki team, I felt happy of being able to assist someone who is so motivated," declared Ukawa. "I was touched and pushed by the passion and the challenging spirit of Mr. Moriwaki, which finally helped me decide what I should do. The race rider and the team's wildcard schedules are not confirmed, but I hope to further develop MD211VF with Mr. Moriwaki so that whoever the race rider is going to be, he feels comfortable with the bike to perform well in the Grand Prix."

The team also confirmed that former GP rider Naoki Matsudo will race in the All Japan Superbike Championship on a Moriwaki-tuned Honda CBR1000RR.

MotoGP, 2005

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