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American female duo to race in Japan



17/07/14 - 18:35
The famous Honda tuner Moriwaki, will face a new challenge when he brings a 100% female team consisting of the two American riders Shelina Moreda and Melissa Paris to the 4 Hours of Suzuka. This shorter distance race will take place as part of the famous 8 Hours of Suzuka, which later this month will mark the second round of the 2014 FIM Endurance World Championship.

Riding the Honda CBR600RR Synergy Force Moriwaki Club # 21, Melissa Paris and Shelina Moreda will certainly be under the spotlight in Japan.

The team managed by Midori Moriwaki, the daughter of the founder and CEO of this Japanese company, will start the Suzuka 4 Hours that will take place on the eve of Suzuka 8 Hours on Saturday, July 26. It will be an incredible debut for the two U.S. riders on this great circuit, with this female pairing having only been signed up in early July.

On 8 July, was the two American girls’ first day of testing and they absolutely enjoyed their first ride out on the track.

Comment: Melissa Paris
“Despite the fact that it was very tight and difficult for me to make it to this test because I was racing in Spain last weekend, in the end I am so happy that we finally found the way to make this happen. Today, out on the track, straight away I realized that the track was very challenging with 22 turns, which is a lot to master, and if it were not for these test sessions, I do not think I would be able to even be competitive in the race.

As the day went on, I was more confident and comfortable with the track, and hoping that things will get better with a good night sleep tonight after a day of testing right after my arrival in the morning from Spain. I am probably a good 10+ seconds behind the pace and as a racer you can not be happy about it but at the same time I must be honest with the condition I am in right now. For tomorrow, I hope we will have a dry day out and will be given a chance to improve my performance.

When I think about racing for the Suzuka 4 Hours, I think heat will be something I have to manage, and because I have a little experience with endurance racing, but I’ve been training very hard this year including heat management, but I do not think you can quite prepare fully for that and the fact is that you have to wait and see how hard the condition could be in the actual race.

I also would like to add that this project is part of FIM’s “Women in Motorsports” project and I am grateful for the fact that they have gotten into road-racing in particular in which I think is a great opportunity for women to be as competitive as the others, so buy our ding this, I would like to see the days when it is not surprising to have girls on the road racing grids. Looking very much for the remaining test and toward the race”.

Comment: Shelina Moreda

"It is an honor to be here racing with a team like Moriwaki, and being supported by Honda is huge for me. These are big names in the states too, so it was really a big deal for me to be asked to come over here. Also the support from FIM is incredible.
To me, racing in Japan is a dream, because Japan is close to my heart..I lived in Japan for a year in the past and I always wanted to come back. To come back here racing motorcycles is the best thing ever, doing something I love the most - motorcycle racing - in a country as amazing as Japan, with a team as professional as Moriwaki. Coming here, riding with Melissa and meeting the team has been awesome; the team is so good and so professional which makes me happy and makes me proud to feel like I am really part of something big. My first day out on Suzuka, I could not stand it! It’s really fast and so different from the tracks I had experienced in the past. Yuki Takahashi, who is here helping us learn the track, said to me before I was on the track that Suzuka is like a combination of a two different tracks, and I understood what he meant as soon as I was out on the track. It took me a good one session for me to really understand what was going on. It’s also my first time riding a Honda, so the bike is also very new to me, but I liked it a lot. The bike is so well balanced and easy to ride. Again I really enjoy the track with a lot of exciting turns, but I blew through the two chicanes on my first lap out. I had a hard time learning it but my second session went a lot better, I dropped over 4 seconds between the beginning of the second session and the end of it, and that was quite rewarding for me. This is going to be my first time in an endurance race and although there is still a lot to learn and a lot to get used to, I am really looking forward for the event”.

Their historic participation is supported by the Commission for Women in Motorcycling, as part of the FIM’s efforts to promote increased female involvement in two-wheel motorsport.

The first free practice for the Suzuka 4 Hours will be held on Thursday, July 24. The start of the race itself will be on Saturday, July 26 at 9 am local time (GMT + 9 h).
 

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This is good!!.... Seems we recently had a "discussion" concerning women Racers!!!...... BTW. Andrew, I thought Ms. Paris was with Josh Hayes.
 

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This is good!!.... Seems we recently had a "discussion" concerning women Racers!!!...... BTW. Andrew, I thought Ms. Paris was with Josh Hayes.

I know she was. No reason to suspect otherwise. I talk to Melissa now and again although that never comes up in conversation. ( not that we are friends or anything ) want me to ask her, perverts? ;)
 

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^^^ I would be more interested in the Bike!!! ...Just sayin.
 

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Melissa's already taken, by a guy that's much faster on track than any one of us here! haha

However, I'm wondering more about Shelina! :D
 

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Melissa's already taken, by a guy that's much faster on track than any one of us here! haha

However, I'm wondering more about Shelina! :D

With the greatest of respect I know kids in BSB superstock that will put a hurting on JH. Sad thing is there are too few seats for too much talent. And too little money for it all.

Forgive my cynicism but Americans are getting rides now only for their commercial repercussions.

I will concede that Josh Hayes is faster than me on two wheels. Get us both at the top of a hill on a big wheel and no rules? All bets are off :D
 

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Umm yeah

I guess you don't know Melissa very good if you don't know who her husband is? Been friends with them both for YEARS and see em each season at last AMA race of year in Jersey!

Great couple from Oceanside , CA!

Please tell me you recognize her husband here in last photo with me (Im in black shirt)

Anyway, thats her husband, the Champion! (Rubbish knew!!) lol
 

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OK, I was kidding and I'm also married. Just saying it's hot when chicks ride bikes period. Not Harleys though.

And yes, I know who Hayes is but not who he's married too. I've tried to follow AMA and couldn't stay interested.
 

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Zoot, I may be inclined to believe you but only because Josh's peak performance of his career has passed. He's getting older, but he's still kicking ass! Yes, AMA is crap as far as competition goes compared to BSB, but don't underestimate Hayes. Did you happen to see the GP race from 2011 when he rode as a wild card on a Tech 3 bike (I believe he replaced Spies, but can't remember what race it was)? He got 7th! First time riding in a MotoGP race! Not bad in my opinion. His lap times at laguna last weekend were less than 2 seconds slower than the top WSBK guys...on a bike that's not quite at that same level. Again, not bad for an "old" guy.
 

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