For many years, MOTUL has bond together with MORIWAKI as the technical partner and now MORIWAKI is honored to announce that MOTUL will become the main sponsor for MORIWAKI RACING. In 2017, MORIWAKI will be competing in the JSB1000 Class of "MFJ All Japan Road Racing Championship" along with the "FIM Endurance World Championship Series "Coca-Cola" Suzuka 8hours Endurance Race" as "MORIWAKI MOTUL RACING".
MOTUL, the world-leader of lubricant oil manufacture for motorcycles and automobiles based in France, has been in bond with MORIWAKI ever since 1997 as the powerful technical partner and fought together in the road racing series. The immense trust between MOTUL and MORIWAKI is ready to face the season with all possible measures to ensure the success for 2017.
Do not miss the 2017 season with "MORIWAKI MOTUL RACING".
・Moriwaki Engineering and MOTUL continue their close ties MOTUL joins together with Moriwaki Engineering as the Moriwaki-MOTUL Racing team in the Japanese Superbike Championship Series. Also, the team returns after nine years to the Suzuka 8 Hours Road Race of the World Endurance Championship Series. The new machine, Honda CBR1000RR(Moriwaki tuned), with greatly reduced weight and increased power, is showing high potential and superb handling. Renewing its contract as technical partner, MOTUL is again fighting for the podium with Moriwaki Engineering.
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MMORIWAKI Racing is honored to announce the team formation for 2017. From this year, the team will be committing only to the JSB1000 Category of MFJ All Japan Road Racing Championship. MORIWAKI Racing is also proud to announce the entry into the FIM Endurance World Championship Final Round The 40th “Coca-Cola” Suzuka 8 Hours Endurance Race next year. It will be the first entry since 2008.
Riders will be continuing from last year, Yuki Takahashi who has won back-to-back J-GP2 title for MORIWAKI Racing in 2014 and 2015 with the MD600. In 2016, while keeping the J-GP2 team, Takahashi and the team have stepped up to the JSB1000 category, which is the pinnacle of motorcycle racing in Japan. Also as Takahashi’s teammate, Ryuichi Kiyonari have signed for a full season entry in the 2017 MFJ All Japan Road Racing Championship. This will be Kiyonari's full return to the Japanese series since 2002 where he won the ST600 Championship title. Since then, Kiyonari has raced overseas competing in MotoGP™, World Superbike Championship (WSBK), and the British Superbike Championship (BSB). Kiyonari has won 50 races in the BSB with 3 Championship titles, as well as winning 3 races in SBK. Lastly, from this year PIRELLI will be joining MORIWAKI Racing as the tyre supplier for 2017 season.
“Continuing from 2016 I will be competing in the JSB1000 Category for All Japan Road Racing Championship in 2017. There will be many challenges for sure however, this will be the year where we will be back to the Suzuka 8 Hours Race. Also from this year, Ryuichi Kiyonari will be my teammate for the 2017 season and I am looking forward for that as well. There will be hard developments for the new Honda CBR1000RR and we will have to do it very quick. Also switching the tyres to PIRELLI will be another thing we have to focus. There really are a lot of things to do and I truly believe that my best rival will be my teammate so I will give my best and look forward to the next season.”
“I am already very excited to be back in Japan and with Honda again. It will be the first time racing for MORIWAKI Racing however, they are very familiar for me ever since I started racing. MORIWAKI have being very friendly and treated me like I was one of the Moriwaki family. With that said, I am very honored to being able to race with them and also my plans fitted very well with Moriwaki. Also being able to come back as a Honda rider was one of the reason I choose Moriwaki as well. I am just excited to be pairing up with Yuki Takahashi in the legendary Suzuka 8 Hours Race and for Moriwaki and Honda I will definitely aim for the victory and the season title. Lastly, I am honored to return to Japan and I can not wait see the Japanese fans. I wish to see them at the circuit.”
Mamoru Moriwaki / General Manager
“First of all I would like to say thank you to all of the people who has being supporting MORIWAKI Racing. This year we have being able to achieve one of our goals which is to prepare for the 2017, Suzuka 8 Hours Race by developing the machine and the team. I am very satisfied and looking very forward to next year with Yuki Takahashi, having successful results against the world and also welcoming Ryuichi Kiyonari, a former winner of the Suzuka 8 Hours Race. Both Takahashi and Kiyonari have fought each other as teammates before and they both have tremendous ability to develop the machine so I am expecting the development with the new Honda CBR1000RR to move very quickly. With that said and this year will be the 40th annual running of the Suzuka 8 Hours Race and really aim for the victory with all of our members together.”