MORI­WHATI? TOP TUNERS MORI­WAKI

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Mori­waki Engi­neer­ing was founded in 1973 by Mamoru Mori­waki. Al­ready a very quick mo­tor­cy­cle racer, Mamoru learnt his engi­neer­ing trade un­der Hideo ‘Pops’ Yoshimura and later mar­ried Pop’s el­dest daugh­ter Namiko be­fore set­ting up his own tun­ing and chas­sis firm in Suzuka. Af­ter spot­ting a ta­lented young­ster called Wayne Gard­ner and sign­ing him up to his race team, Mamoru’s rep­u­ta­tion grew, and in the 1980s he formed very close links with HRC, of­ten us­ing Honda en­gines in his own chas­sis. In fact, so close was the part­ner­ship that in 2003 HRC al­lowed Mori­waki to race its RCV en­gine in their own chas­sis, lead­ing to the MD211VF. Mori­waki won the first ever Moto2 world cham­pi­onship in 2010 and con­tinue to be close al­lies with HRC (the RCV road bike’s chas­sis is be­lieved to be built by them). In­ter­est­ingly, the firm’s logo is a nod to­wards Mamoru’s love of na­ture. The blue in the logo sig­ni­fies mother ocean and the sky while the yel­low is land, and they are split 70% blue, 30% yel­low, the same ra­tio as the Earth’s land to sea.

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