True to his words at EICMA earlier this month, Giovanni Castiglioni has brought the iconic MV Agusta name back to World Superbike racing. MV Agusta Reparto Corse’s return to WSBK will be in partnership with the Yakhnich Motorsport Team, as Russian businessman Alexander Yakhnich is said to be financing the racing effort.
For those that may not instantly recognize the Russian name, Yakhnich Motorsport is the organiser of World Superbike’s round in Russia, and the outfit was the team behind Sam Lowe’s World Supersport Championship this year on a semi-factory Yamaha YZF-R6.
The goal now for MV Agusta in the World Supersport class is to be in the top three on race day with the MV Agusta F3 675, and the Italian brand certainly has the right team in place to achieve that goal (though they still need a rider).
In World Superbike, 2014 will of course be a development year, but Castiglioni said in his EICMA speech the press that the team hopes to be a true WSBK contender in later seasons with the MV Agusta F4RR.
No word yet on who will be riding for MV Agusta Reparto Corse next year in either class, but Varese says to expect an announcement by the end of this month.
“Our official return to racing is a very ambitious and important step for us,” said Castiglioni. “Racing has always been my dad’s greatest passion and this drove the brand to victory in many disciplines of motorcycle racing, from 500cc GP to Paris-Dakar and to the first Superbike World Championship titles won with Ducati.
“His dream was to see MV back to racing and I am so proud to be the one doing so.”