19 August 2010
Masao Furusawa feature - Part 1.
”I am a kind of logical person who likes analysis and synthesis in both theory and reality," he explained. "I was probably well fitted to MotoGP [rather than 500cc] since the four stroke engine is more theoretically oriented than the two stroke engine. At the same time I like to enjoy any type of job and joke too."
Furusawa also enjoys a close relationship with his riders, Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo.
"They like to joke too," he said. "They are like fun loving sons."
Away from racing, Furusawa's time is spent on other engineering projects.
"I have a lot of things to do outside of MotoGP, namely research and development of motorcycle, consulting on snowmobile, ATV, boat, watercraft, aircraft, automotive engines and so on.
"I like snowmobiles very much. But it is limited for the winter. So overall the bike is the most preferable vehicle for me. I keep an RZ250 and TRX850. I have almost no time to enjoy these bikes so I sometimes take a ride on one of them just to go to the office and back home."
Reflecting back on his teenage ambition of one day becoming a 'good engineer', Furusawa commented, with more than a little understatement:
"I think my dream has come true."
Curriculum Vitae - in Furusawa's own words
* I was born in February 17th 1951 Japan.
* Graduated in mechanical engineering from Kyushu Institute of Technology in 1973.
* Joined Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd in same year, 1973.
*My most experienced areas are noise and vibration analysis, dynamic analysis, computer software, design, testing for motorcycle, snowmobile and ATV.
* Also lots of consulting jobs for all products of Yamaha Motors.
* The promotion I have had were manager of analysis research and development in 1988, general manager of RV engineering 1999, Senior general manager of RV operation in 2000, Executive officer in 2005. In 2003 I was in charge of MotoGP simultaneously.
*Most memorable successful products are RD350LC with unique orthogonal engine mounting system in 1980, AMDOF vibration analysis software sold to outside of Yamaha in 1989. FJ1200 with orthogonal engine mounting system in 1991, VMAX 600-XT with long travel suspension in 1994, right weight Grizzly 660 in 2000, new M1 with unique cross plane crankshaft in 2004, and new R1 with the same idea in 2008
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