MV Agusta Takes First Podium in 37 Years

Roberto Rolfo aboard the ParkinGO MV Agusta F3

Roberto Rolfo aboard the ParkinGO MV Agusta F3

MV Agusta F3 675 in World Supersport

Until last weekend’s World Supersport race at Donington Park, the legendary Giacomo Agostini was the last rider to reach the podium on an MV Agusta.

The year was 1976, and the track was Nurburgring. Ago took the win, the last podium for MV Agusta in World Championship racing. Ago was lucky before that, winning 37 world titles with the Italian brand.

And when MV Agusta reported it would enter World Supersport in 2013, the manufacturer was expected to be competitive. And five rounds into the series, MVA took its first podium since Agostini’s 37 years ago.

The feat was completed by Robert Rolfo on the ParkinGO MV Agusta F3 675. The rider of Turin finished third behind Kawasaki’s Kenan Soufoglu and the winner, Yamaha’s Sam Lowes.

Giovanni Castiglioni (President and CEO of MV Agusta) says: “I am delighted and thrilled with this first podium result for the F3 675! It has been a great challenge to bring this important brand back on the race track. The amazing thing is that this podium was conquered on the same day as the Claudio Castiglioni Memorial organized by the Lombardia Moto Club Cagiva yesterday at our plant in Schiranna.

“I would like to dedicate this success to my father, the man from whom we inherited our great passion for racing. My gratitude goes to the Rovelli brothers and the members of the ParkinGo team for the amazing effort they are putting in to this project. There is still much work to be done and they have all our support!”

Roberto Rolfo says: “I am truly pleased with this bike, it’s perfect, and the work done by the team, which was impeccable. I’m really sorry I made mistakes during the qualifying on Saturday.

“If I had been able to start further towards the front perhaps I wouldn’t have had the chance to get to first place anyway, but I sure would have had an easier time of it during the race, perhaps even made it one step higher on the podium. I promised everyone a comeback yesterday, but even I didn’t expect this fantastic result! No doubt, its thanks in great part to perfect team work. Without them we wouldn’t have been able to get to this level in such a short amount of time.”

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