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First MotoGP point! At Catalunya Grand Prix

There was no time for MORIWAKI to be depressed. Catalunya was just a week away. This is what you get every time if you enter all 16 rounds of MotoGP. You gotta be extremely tough both mentally and physically. Being in different environment also gives you problems. One of MORIWAKI mechanics got sick and collapsed.

They were expecting to replace engine and do some major works on that day. “We are going to manage that without you. But please be ready by Friday.” Remaining 2 mechanics told their colleague. Imperturbable team was there.

The race week had started in Catalunya. There were always guests at MORIWAKI’s pit. Shunji Yatsushiro, Takuma Aoki, and even the 1993 World GP 500 champion, Kevin Schwantz made his visit. Schwantz was curiously looking at the MD211VF. “It is still slow.” said Moriwaki. Schwantz replied, “GP machines take time to get faster.” and sat on the machine. “Nice bike.”

The sick mechanic came back and the qualifying session had started. 1min46.700sec on day1 and 1min46.327 on day2. They finished both day1 and day2 in 22nd position but they managed to lead all other DUNLOPs.

At Final; 100,000 spectators gathered at Catalunya circuit. MORIWAKI staffs were overwhelmed by crowded grandstand. Pitt kept his steady ride while some other riders were dropping off. He got 14th position at 22nd lap and kept the position until the end.

MORIWAKI’s pit was excited with joy. 1 year and 8 months and 3 MotoGP races had passed. MORIWAKI got a long-sought MotoGP point at their 4th race. Mechanics’ eyes were covered with tears. They had a very happy dinner that day. It was unusual to see Moriwaki taking initiative in drinking beer. The night was covered with MORIWAKI’s joy.