MV Agusta is returning to international roadracing in a deal with Russian team Yakhnich Motorsport.
For now, it sounds as if the Italian manufacturer only intends to contend in supersport racing for 2014, with the F3. If that’s the case, they’ve hooked up with the right race team, as Yakhnich Motorsport took the 2013 Supersport championship.
However, they’re expected to be ready to race in the World Superbike championship with their F4 RR by the 2015 season. They’ll have two Supersport racers, and one Superbike racer.
“The official return to racing is a very important and ambitious step for MV Agusta,” said Giovanni Castiglioni, MV Agusta president. “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.”
While the company’s recent lean years have meant an interruption in their racing endeavors, MV Agusta was a dominant force in roadracing in decades past.