Johnson to Pilot ValMoto MV Agusta F3 at Isle of Man TT
A decade after pioneering the successful, high profile return of Triumph to Supersport racing, the vastly experienced and well respected Jack Valentine is taking MV Agusta back to the Isle of Man TT under the ValMoto banner.
Team Owner Jack is spearheading the Supersport project – which also includes the North West 200 and Ulster GP – in partnership with the Italian marque. TT winner Gary Johnson will pilot the Pirelli-shod MV Agusta F3 675 and will be supported by a highly experienced team of technicians.
The team will work closely with the ParkinGO World Supersport MV Agusta team to share development and set-up knowledge and Jack will be bringing his wealth of road racing experience to the team. Having masterminded victories on the Island course for David Jefferies and Bruce Anstey, Jack is returning to the course this year with his mind set on a successful TT result with Johnson.
Jack Valentine (ValMoto Owner) says: “This is a project that I’m extremely passionate about and I am only embarking on it because I’m confident that victory is within our reach. Having spent the last few years working for manufacturer teams in BSB and WSBK, it feels good to be bringing ValMoto out of retirement and returning to the roads seems a fitting and high profile way to make our return.
“Gary is an extremely talented rider and the F3 675 is a great bike – I’m sure the pairing of the two will be a recipe for success and a reason for me to celebrate another successful TT.”
Gary Johnson says: “I’m really looking forward to this year’s road racing season running the MV Agusta F3 675 under the ValMoto banner. Jack is one of the most experienced team owners in the industry with a first class reputation and a proven success record on the roads. I’m honored to be part of the team and am confident that together we can achieve some positive results this year.”
Paul Phillilps (TT and Motorsport Manager, Isle of Man Government) says: “Everyone on the Isle of Man will be delighted to see the return of a competitive MV outfit to the TT Races and the combination of Jack Valentine and Gary Johnson has the potential to be a winning team. It’s also great to see another leading manufacturer on the starting grid which further reflects the growing strength and profile of the event.”