MV Agusta is returning to its racing heritage next season, as the Italian company has announced that it will be fielding a factory World Supersport effort with the venerable ParkinGO team in 2013. Forging a three-year contract, ParkinGO will race the MV Agusta F3 675 in WSS, with MV Agusta providing technical support on the F3 from the factory in Varese.
Inked on what would have been Claudio Castiglioni’s 65th birthday, the agreement sees the return of MV Agusta to the World Superbike Championship series, and could be a stepping stone for the Italian brand back into the Superbike class at a later time.
A prudent ally, ParkinGO is no stranger to WSS or WSBK, having won the World Supersport title in 2011, and making a strong showing in the 2012 World Superbike season, both with Chaz Davies.
For the MV Agusta project, there is no announcement on a rider yet, though Luca Scassa is hotly tipped to be the man on the bike. For the Italian manufacturer, a three-year commitment is a strong sign from the precariously placed company, which has released a bevy of new models since its “purchase” from Harley-Davidson.
A sign of momentum for the Italians? Or, a desperate last attempt to generate some steam? One cannot be certain, but it will be interesting to see how the team goes next season, and there is no doubt that ParkinGO is a strong partner for MV Agusta to have in this endeavor.
“Is a great satisfaction to announce this agreement with the Team ParkinGO. Personally speaking, for me is a big and exciting challenge as I have got from my father the passion for the racing world,” said MV Agusta’s Giovanni Castiglioni. “I am convinced that with the experience of Massimo Bordi, engineer, involved in this project as well, we have all the components needed to get important results.”
“This morning my brother Paolo and myself, were talking about the big responsibility and at the same time the great satisfaction we feel signing such an important agreement,” added ParkinGO’s Giuliano Rovelli. “Already from the first meetings has been a good understanding with the management of the company. Both of our foresights in the project, are an important component to get the best out of this partnership.”
Source: MV Agusta