Claudio Castiglioni, CEO of MV Augusta, died this morning in a clinic. He was 63.
The cause of death is unknown at this point, but his death is certainly a blow to the motorcycling community, especially in Italy. Castiglioni had a big part in designing the Ducati 916 and MV Augusta F4.
He wasn’t just a clever designer, either – at various times he owned parts of various Italian marques including Ducati, Moto Morini, and parent companies like Cagiva and MV Agusta Motor Holding. He was behind MV Augusta’s buyback from Harley-Davidson last summer.