MORIWHATI? TOP TUNERS MORIWAKI
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.