MV Agusta to officially debut in the 2014 World Superbike championship
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The World Superbike championship is getting a big overhaul next season to revitalize the series, including the introduction of theEVO class in order to lower the costs and allow more teams to participate, however the biggest news so far will be the official return of Italian manufacturer MV Agusta to racing, 37 years after its last success.
MV Agusta has claimed 37 constructors’and 38 rider world championship titles in the past (with Giacomo Agostini , Mike Hailwood, Phil Read and John Surtees) and will be teaming up with Yakhnich Motorsport for the historic effort.
The squad will be called “MV Agusta Reparto Corse - Yakhnich Motorsport”.
Yakhnich Motorsport is the organizer of the World Superbike round in Russia, and the outfit was behind Sam Lowe’s World Supersport Championship title this year on aYamaha YZF-R6, just two years after they debuted in the series.
MV Agusta returned to action in 2013 WSS championship under the ParkinGO MV Agusta Corse banner with riders Roberto Rolfo and Christian Iddon finishing 6th (2 podiums) and 15th (1 podium) respectively riding the F3.
MV Agusta and Yakhnich Motorsport will be jointly committed to developing the bikes for both the World Superbike and Supersport series, which will see two riders in WSS and one rider in WSBK, with the names expected to be announced by the end of November.
2014 will be a development year, but Giovanni Castiglioni – son of the legendary Claudio - hopes the team will become a true WSBK contender in the 2015 season with the MV Agusta F4RR.
“The official return to racing is a very important and ambitious step for MV Agusta,” said Castiglioni, President of 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."