MV Agusta Returns to the Isle of Man TT

11/29/2011 @ 1:38 pm, by Jensen Beeler13 COMMENTS

It looks like MV Agusta will be making a “historic return” to the Isle of Man TT, as the venerable road race has announced that the factory-backed of World Performance Racing (WPR) will be entering MV Agusta F3 & F4 motorcycles in the 101st running of the Mountain Course.

WPR, a family-run business based in Chesterfield will be campaigning the exotic Italian bikes with the help from Chorley’s Moto GB, though it is not clear what the Italian factory’s involvement is with the racing effort precisely. According to the TT, the last time an MV Agusta was raced around the TT course was in 2007, when the late Martin Finnegan finished 4th with a 125.685 mph pace in the Superstock TT race.

“MV Agusta is one of the truly iconic names in the TT’s history and I’m sure many fans will be eager to see the much anticipated return of a factory supported outfit,” said  TT and Motorsport Development Manager Paul Phillips. “I’m really pleased that we will see yet another factory backed outfit at next year’s TT and it is further confirmation of the event’s growing strength and appeal.”

“World Performance Racing represents a passion for motorcycle racing and the desire to bring MV Agusta, the iconic motorcycle brand with a unique heritage, to the celebrated Isle of Man TT races in 2012,” added Neil Haslam, Team Boss of WPR. “We aim to restore MV Agusta back to winning ways and ensure that the 2012 TT will be another chapter in this great Italian’s brand’s history.”

Source: Isle of Man TT

  • Always nice to see another marque racing the island. Hopefully it’ll do a *bit* better than Norton’s effort a few years ago!

  • MotoMojo

    TT Isle of Man is all about handling at high speed and that works better with light weight which promotes rigidity and stiffness of the chassis and how far the bike lean down and how quick you swing the bike from one side to the other. MV AGUSTA basically lacks all the above and God help their riders from crashing.

  • Minibull

    @MotoMojo: Really? Huh, cool. Coz yknow, I havnt actually seen a kitted out, lightweight MV race bike in a while…
    Left and right flicking has a large part to do with the tyres anyhow…

  • AK

    @MotoMojo Have you ridden one on track?. I have 2 F4’s they are not light weight but handle really good, compare to my old 1098.

  • Tom

    I don’t know why I’m having an impossible time finding out, but I have found lists of the winners of the TT but not a list of manufacturers who have won. Who has run the most TTs and who has won the most TTs. I’m guessing that Honda has won more, but I’m yet to see a list of every manufacturer who has run or who has won.

  • Tom – check out the TT site for a full database of results:

    Although, the database also brings up a bit of info that the TT missed – there was an MV raced in 2009 by Marc Granie. A DNF in the senior and 46th in the Superbike race. Not exactly the results achieved by the Flying Finn, but still at an average of 109.4mph.

  • MikeD

    AHHH, that white RR is BONER-rrific…my bad, going back to the race thing…good luck to them.
    Is not like they really need this kind of stunt to sell more bikes…right ?

  • Actually…

  • MotoMojo

    Well Guys… who ever wanted to race TT , please take 2 extra engines with ya… you will need it. My friend owned 3 F4’s and he is a record holder of changing 7 engines , go figure.

  • Minibull

    7 engines, wow. What was going wrong with them? What the heck was he doing to them? Coz yknow, I know a guy who races his MV pretty damn hard. Not a thing gone wrong.
    Also the TT superbike engines have a wee bit of tweaking…so they’re not quite the same thing…

  • MotoMojo

    MiniBull… I have no clue why, but the MV in Italy said “our cranks operation life expectancy is 3000 km/h”.. they were talking about 2010 F4.

  • PSVV

    @MotoMojo…do you have a source for your quote?

  • Minibull

    I’m sorry but no, unless you have a proper source for that, I’m taking that as BS. With the metallurgy and casting/forging technology today, there is no way a production road bike would have such little life associated with it.

    And umm…3000km/h? As in kilometers per hour? Or is that 3000km, or 3000 hours…