Moriwaki Althea Honda Team officially launch their 2019 colours and team
The Moriwaki Althea Honda Team has officially launched its 2019 WSBK project during a presentation held just a short distance from the Phillip Island circuit in Australia, where racing is set to get underway over the weekend of 22-24 February.
The important event gave the Moriwaki Althea Honda Team the opportunity to introduce key team members and riders Leon Camier and Ryuichi Kiyonari to the national and international press, and, most importantly, to unveil this year’s race bike, the Honda CBR1000RR SP2.
The first of the day’s speakers was Motorcycle Department Manager of Motor Sports Division of Honda Motor Co., Ltd. Mr. Soichi Yamana, who introduced the new project and the expectation for the upcoming season.
Mr Yamana was followed onto the stage by both Moriwaki Althea Honda Team Director Ms. Midori Moriwaki and Moriwaki Althea Honda Team Manager Mr. Genesio Bevilacqua, who expanded on their previous experiences and shared history.
Last but certainly not least, riders Leon Camier and Ryuichi Kiyonari unveiled the 2019 livery of the CBR1000RR SP2, the red, blue and yellow colour scheme making a real impact on stage.
“It’s a real honour to be involved in this project with the support of Honda, and the experience of both Moriwaki and Althea. It’s all new of course, and that means we have a lot of work ahead of us, but I think we have good potential and I’m excited to see what we can do. It will be good to get out on track with our rivals this week and understand where we are. There is a lot to work on as I’ve said, the bike having been developed in a different championship, but we’re ready for the challenge. Our main goal is to improve race by race.”
“I am very excited to have this opportunity to return to World Superbike and I thank Honda, Moriwaki and Althea for putting their trust in me. A lot has changed since I was last in the championship, in 2009, and I think the level is now a lot higher with many fast riders. Having said that, I have worked hard in recent years and hope I can continue to grow this season with my new bike and new team; I am very motivated and believe we can work together to achieve some good results.”