Melissa Paris (USA), a very dedicated racer had joined to “Synergy Force MORIWAKI Club”, to participate in the Suzuka 4 Hours Endurance Race on 25th July 2015. Unfortunately due to illness the doctor advised Melissa to take to refrain from any air travel and racing until fully recovered. Despite the American’s strong will to return to Japan for her second challenge in the iconic race, Melissa is now forced to miss this race.
The team agreed to accept the situation, although not having Melissa Paris for the Suzuka 4H race her co-rider, Shelina Moreda, is understandably disappointed however, for the team, moving on with even higher motivation and passion is the only choice.
Not losing any time, Synergy Force MORIWAKI Club urgently recruited a replacement rider and found Avalon Biddle (New Zealand), currently participating in the European Honda Junior Cup. The nineteen year old “Kiwi”, received a surprising morning call is now preparing fast to fly to Japan to replace Melissa.
Comment from Melissa Paris: “I am so disappointed that I cannot be well enough to return to Suzuka for the 4 Hours. I have been ill for a few weeks and although I have been trying everything I can think of to get better, it just seems to get worse. Finally today, the doctor has said that I am not fit to race. It's devastating news to me because I have been looking forward to this race for so long. My experience last year in Suzuka was amazing and I was looking forward to improving. I really would like to give a very big apology to Midori and all of our team members and sponsors as well as the FIM who have worked hard to put this together. I hate to let everyone down but at this point I would not be a very useful member of this team. I wish Moriwaki Synergy Force team the very best of luck and I will be cheering from home.”
Midori Morwiaki added: “It was a very shocking news and I feel sorry for Melissa knowing the fact that we have been sharing the same passion and motivation toward the coming race. There are times we have to move on, but Synergy Force Moriwaki Club will not leave her behind, and will register her name as a back-up rider so that we will be together throughout the tough challenge."
"I would also like to send my special thanks to FIM for giving us a hand in finding a replacement rider, Avalon Biddle, a talented New Zealand girl who I am sure will fit perfectly in this project. I am sure Avalon has the drive and is experienced enough to be competitive in the race, and I appreciate her brave and instant decision to come to Japan and race with us. Welcome to Synergy Force MORIWAKI Club Avalon and we wish Melissa a speedy recovery!”
Comments from Avalon Biddle: “Firstly, I would like to say thank you to the FIM and Synergy Force MORIWAKI Club for what they are doing to spotlight women in motorcycling with opportunities like this. To participate in the Suzuka 4 Hour endurance race is a true honor and something for our females riders to look up to! "
"This will be my first time to Suzuka and the first endurance race so I have a lot to learn but coming from a successful season so far in the competitive European Junior Cup I feel ready to tackle the challenge.
I’m sorry however that Melissa is ill and cannot make the race as she and Shelina did such a great job last year. They definitely set high standards for us to improve upon this year, but with such support behind us I just can’t wait to arrive in Japan and give it my best effort for the team.”