The race day for the final round of All Japan Road Race Championship “MFJ GRAND PRIX SUPERBIKE RACE in SUZUKA” took place. The weather condition was perfect throughout the weekend and many MORIWAKI fans showed up from early morning to see Daijiro in the morning practice, making the final few adjustments to the bike.
Exactly 2 p.m. the race started. Starting from second position Daijiro made a decent start however, the pole sitter did not make a single mistake as well and Daijiro misses the hole shot in the first corner. Coming back to the control line in second position however in lap 2 Daijiro drops back to 4th position. Daijiro with an amazing concentration, gains back the 2nd position by lap 4 however, the leader gains more gap by the time Daijiro came back up. As he said after qualifying yesterday, that he wanted to pace in between the 2’10 and 2’11 zone during the race, he had done so by marking 2’10.997 in lap 8 and charges for the lead however, he could not quite close the gap enough to overtake and ends the race with satisfying but unsatisfying 2nd position.
In the beginning of the season, Daijiro struggled however, after Okayama round and competing selectively in the Asia Road Race Championship, Daijiro had come back to the podium once again with 2nd place finish. Also in this race, there were two MD600 in the podium finish including Daijiro. Kousuke Sakumoto from Team RSC Koutake that MORIWAKI Racing is supporting finished 3rd. With this good mood coming back to the team, MORIWAKI Racing will develop and evolve to a new level next year. Can not wait to see Daijiro in the top podium spot in 2017.
“Comparing back to the beginning of the season, a 2nd place finish looks very well done but I was only aiming for the win so I am purely not satisfied and disappointed to myself since this race in Suzuka was the home Grand Prix not just for me but for the team as well. I had a good start and actually was not bad to be in the second place to chase the leader however, it all went wrong from the lap two dropping back to the group. By the time I gained back the position the leader was gone that’s my reflection point. I was able to ride in the pace I wanted and everything was going in the right direction. The beginning of the season I could not race the way I wanted and crashed few times but after competing in the Asia Road Race Championship in India I was able to break through and then came the Suzuka race weekend. From the beginning of the day everything went just perfect. Next year I will definitely be looking in a higher level of racing and also adjust myself during the off season. I want to thank everyone who supported me throughout the year and I will see you next year!”