Wednesday, July 30, 2008

MotoGP: Moriwaki start work on their 600cc racer for 2011!

The Moriwaki 600 racer for the 2011 MotoGP season...
Pic: Motor Box

Four-stroke 600cc machines will be replacing the two-stroke 250cc class in MotoGP in 2011, and Motor Box has a report on the first prototype 600 that’s now being developed by Japanese tuning specialists, Moriwaki.

Seen during the recent Suzuka 8-Hour endurance race, the Moriwaki 600 is said to use the Honda CBR600RR engine, but among others, the exhaust, suspension, chassis and swingarm are all bespoke items.

From what’s visible in the picture, the CBR600RR aluminium beam frame has been replaced with a steel-tube chassis and a heavily braced swingarm has replaced the stock item. Forks and shock are top-spec Ohlins units and the short, stubby exhaust looks like it could have been made by Moriwaki themselves.

It will certainly be a sad day if manufacturers like KTM and Aprilia – who’ve been opposing the move from two-stroke 250s to four-stroke 600s – decide to quit at the end of the 2010 season. But it’s reassuring to see that experts like Moriwaki might be interesting in going racing in the 600cc class. There may be no more 250s after 2010, but in 2011, we hope the action will be fast and furious as ever…

Also see:
Memorable: The Moriwaki Dream Fighter...
F1 tech in MotoGP: Aprilia RS3 Cube
Classic: The mid-1980s Honda VF1000R
Moto-art: The coolest motorcycle airbrush artist ever...
Precious Metal: 1964 Bianchi Bicilindrica 500cc GP racer
Two-strokes: The very cool Bimota V Due...

External links:
The Griffith Park sidecar rally...
2009 Honda CBR600RR: Is this what it'll look like?
V-Force Customs: The V-Force 1

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