Claudio Castiglioni Passes Away at the Age of 64

08/17/2011 @ 9:19 am, by Jensen Beeler12 COMMENTS

Claudio Castiglioni, President of MV Agusta, passed away this morning in Varese, Italy at the age of 64. In a statement from MV Agusta, the company says that Castiglioni succumed from an unnamed illness while attending a clinic in Varese. Over the course of his career, Castiglioni touched such esteemed brands as Ducati, Cagiva, Husqvarna, and of course MV Agusta. His most recent accomplishment was bringing MV back into Italian ownership, in an act of business acumen that saw Harley-Davidson actually pay Castiglioni €20 million to take back the recent refurbished company.

Unfortunately with his passing, Claudio Castiglioni will not get to see MV Agusta’s full revival come to fruition, as the Italian company is set to debut its MV Agusta F3 three-cylinder supersport later this year. Under Castiglioni’s guidance, MV Agusta gained a new business plan that sought to have the Italian company finally become profitable and sell its exquisite machines in larger volume.

Teaming up with legendary motorcycle designer Massimo Tamburini, Castiglioni helped bring some of the most iconic modern motorcycles to market like the Ducati 916 and MV Agusta F4. Claudio also brought us the Cagiva Elefant & Cagiva Mito, and his direction at Ducati also created the Monster line, one of the company’s most successful brands of motorcycle.

Influencing this industry for 15 years, Claudio Castiglioni’s departure will be felt by everyone involved in motorcycling, and the industry as a whole is lesser now without him. Claudio’s son Giovanni Castiglioni will continue his father’s tradition at MV Agusta, as he’s done for the past year already, while the rest of us try to figure out how to go on without one of the great masters in the trade.

Claudio Castiglioni’s funeral will take place Friday, August 19th at 14:00 in the Church of the Brunella in Varese, Italy. Our sincere condolences to his family and friends. Ride in peace Claudio.

Source: MV Aguta

  • RSVDan

    Wow. Sad and shocking news indeed. Happy roads Claudio.

  • BikePilot

    RIP Mr. Castiglioni. You’ve done more to advance the passion of motorcycling than anyone else I can think of and not one, but at least three of the most gorgeous 2-wheeled machines ever made were designed, built and produced under your watch.

  • Odie

    Sad day. Thank you Mr. Castiglioni for all that you have done to bring beautiful machine into the world. You will be missed.

  • Bruce Monighan

    The world of design and beauty has lost a true patron. A man who was passionate about motorcycles, life and beauty and a man with few peers. He was way too young to pass and will be missed for what he has done and what he stil had yet to show us.

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  • jamesy

    Those bikes, first the 916 and later the F4, are two of the most beautiful works of industrial art ever to grace our lucky eyes! The man was truly a passionate GIANT of design. He will be remembered as the finest Motorcycle Designer to have ever lived and easily one of the all time greats of the design world as a whole.
    Mille grazie per tutto, Claudio! Riposare in Pace

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  • ML

    What a shocking and tragic loss!

    R.I.P. :-/

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  • RGR

    RIP Claudio, I’ll be riding my F4 in your honor today. You will go down in motorcycle legend.

  • Prathap

    Biggest loss in the Motorcycle Industry, He is the man who gave us great bikes, who was a trend setter for Italian Machines.. we miss you Sir!!