SPRINT AND ENDURANCE ON THE MENU
Motul will be one of the main partners of team Moriwaki Racing that has just presented its 2017 programme which will see it contend in JSB1000 category (Superbike) of the MFJ All Japan Road Racing Championship. Also, for the first time since 2008, it will make a detour via the Suzuka 8 Hours, last round of the FIM World Endurance Championship.
In the Japanese Superbike championship, the two Honda CBR1000RR MORIWAKI Specials will be ridden by Yuki Takahashi and Ryuichi Kiyonari, two Japanese riders aged respectively 32 and 34. Takahashi contributed two titles to the team in J-GP2 in 2014 and 2015 before advancing last year to Superbike, the pinnacle of motorsport in Japan. Five times winner of the Suzuka 8 Hours, Ryuichi Kiyonari is well known for having crossed the Superbike world, bagging in the process 50 wins and three titles in Great Britain and three world successes. For him it’s a return to home turf: his last complete season in his homeland was 2002, the year he clinched his ST600 title.
The team’s participation in the 40th staging of the Suzuka 8 Hours adds to its ambitious programme the additional thrill specific to the greatest longhaul events. ‘This return to endurance is very important for the team,’ emphasised Mamoru Moriwaki, general manager Moriwaki Racing. ‘We’re aiming for the win in Suzuka!’