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Yoshikawa and Fujiwara in charge of developing the Yamaha M1

Yoshikawa and Fujiwara in charge of developing the Yamaha M1

Yoshikawa and Fujiwara in charge of developing the Yamaha M1

Wataru Yoshikawa and Norihiko Fujiwara, two former Japanese Champions, will be given the responsibility of developing the Yamaha M1's 800cc prototype ahead of next season.

In two interviews with the riders, Yoshikawa explained to motogp.com how he started out in the world of racing. "I began in the Japanese Championship, and then in 1994 I had a factory team offer. I took the Superbikes title, and then in 1996 I entered World Superbikes. One season later, I returned to Japan and regained my title. Since 2002 I have concentrated on developing MotoGP bikes."

Yoshikawa also made reference to the differences between the current M1 and the 2002 model.

"The most important difference is the power. When the engine is in the chassis it is undoubtedly lighter. The 800cc chassis is much more compact. Valentino Rossi gave his opinion on the bike in Motegi and now the direction of our development work is well defined."

Norihiko Fujiwara also has a strong pedigree, having won three consecutive Japanese Championships in the 500cc category in the 80s and being an experienced Yamaha tester. He worked firstly with the 500cc bike, then progressed to the M1. He listed his main objective as being "to get a better speed, despite the lack of power. Exiting the corners is going to be fundamental, and the development work should go in this direction."

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MotoGP, 2006

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