MV Agusta to Officially Return to World Superbike / Supersport
2014 MV Agusta Reparto Corse – Yakhnich Motorsport” Team
MV Agusta has partnered with Russian Yakhnich Motorsport to make its official factory return to World Championship racing.
Beginning in 2014, the “MV Agusta Reparto Corse – Yakhnich Motorsport” team will contest an F4 RR in the World Superbike, and two F3 800s in World Superpsport.
The Italian-based MV Agusta and the Russian-based Yakhnich will work together to develop the F4 RR and F3 800s for each series. The partners will also build replica bikes for satellite teams that decide to use MV Agusta machinery.
The team will field two riders in the Supersport class, and one rider in the Superbike class; all riders are expected to be announced by the end of November. Keep an eye out for 2013 World Supersport Champion Sam Lowes, who took the title on the Yakhnich Yamaha YZF-R6. The Brit tested F4 RR machinery in early September.
Giovanni Castiglioni (President of MV Agusta) says: “The official return to racing is a very important and ambitious step for MV Agusta. However, my decision came directly from my heart.
“Racing was always my father’s greatest passion and he led his companies to victory in every form of racing: from the 500 GP Class and the Paris-Dakar with the legendary Cagiva to the first world championships won in Superbike with Ducati as well as off-road with Husqvarna. But his true dream was to see MV race again. I am very proud to be able to see this happen.”
Alexander Yakhnich (President of Yakhnich Motorsport) says: “We have worked very hard to achieve great results in 2013. With MV Agusta, new and important opportunities have been opened up to us. We are very pleased with this agreement and we are looking forward to achieving a number of victories very soon.”
Yakhnich Motorsports entered the World Supersport series three years ago, and took the 2013 World Superbike title (Yakhnich Yamaha, Sam Lowes).
In 2013 World Supersport, the ParkingGO team used an F3, the team earning two podium finishes. The first one was at Donington, the second at Magny-Cours. The Donington podium was the first one for MV Agusta since Giacomo Agostini earned one back in 1976 in Nurburgring in the World Championship.