A Friday press conference in Japan saw Moriwaki Engineering present their new MD600 bike, with which they plan to participate in the future Moto2 class.
The new Moriwaki MD600 bike was presented to media gathered at the Polini Grand Prix of Japan on Friday, with the Japanese firm announcing plans to participate in the forthcoming Moto2 class, which is set to replace the current 250cc category.
The 600cc 4-stroke bike was presented as a third evolution of the prototype machine developed by Moriwaki Racing and built by Moriwaki Engineering, with a view to involvement in Moto2, initially as chassis suppliers and later as competitors.
The press conference was attended by Moriwaki Engineering’s President and Team Owner Mamoru Moriwaki, in addition to Midori Moriwaki (Director and Team Manager), Akira Kato (Large Project Leader), Koji Takahashi (R&D Manager), Satoru Takafuchi (Production Manager) and Shogo Moriwaki (Test Rider).
The Japanese factory have experience of racing in MotoGP, having participated in the premier class from 2003 to 2005 with wild card appearances made by Olivier Jacque and Andrew Pitt – in addition to Japanese riders – on the MD211VF. The firm also have significant experience in the Japanese national championship and in various Asian racing series.