2014 MV Agusta World Superbike / World Supersport TestThe new MV Agusta Reparto Corse team had its debut testing sessions this week for both its new World Superbike and World Supersport teams.
The testing – at Jerez – allowed the Yakhnich teams to garner some positive technical feedback on both the World Superbike F4 RR and the Supersport F3 675 with its inline three-cylinder engine.During day one, Claudio Corti worked on optimizing riding positions and set up engine mappings, as did the Supersport team of Jules Cluzel and Vladimir Leonov.On day two, the teams were up to speed. Though Corti was using an engine still undergoing preliminary tuning and minimal chassis setup, he was lapping the Jerez circuit at 1:42.9. To put this into perspective, the 2013 World Superbike Champion Tom Sykes posted a best time of 1:39.6.In Supersport, both Cluzel and Leonov worked on refining electronics during day two of testing. Here too, the F3 engine and chassis set-up are still at the initial development stage but, with both riders putting in lap times of around 1:45 without really pushing it, they had plenty to smile regarding the outstanding potential of the 3-cylinder, MV Agusta reports.Claudio Corti (MV Agusta F4 RR Superbike) says: “I’ve never ridden a bike with a front end that gives such great feedback; moreover, the engine also feels extremely promising. I can’t wait to ride the completed, definitive version of the bike in the January tests, and I get the feeling we could get good results even in our very first year.”Jules Cluzel (MV Agusta F3 Supersport) says: “We didn’t ride as many laps as we wanted to set up the electronics and get the riding position right. I’m having to readjust to the Supersport riding style and tyres, but by the end of the second day I was really starting to enjoy myself and believe the F3 has outstanding potential.”Vladimir Leonov (MV Agusta F3 Supersport): “I lost the first day tweaking the riding position as the bike’s really small compared to the R6… But the sensations – with regard to both engine and chassis – were positive right from the word go. I think we’re really going to ratchet up the performance of this bike very quickly indeed.”
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