MV Agusta will be returning to the Moto2 world championship from next year. It will be partnering up with Forward Racing. The Italian brand revealed its Moto2 race bike, and boy it looks spectacular.
This bike is going to be the best-looking bike on the grid in the next Moto2 championship. MV has used a hybrid frame, that has steel trellis design mated to an aluminum plate. The swingarm is of aluminum. The suspension setup is from Ohlins. The bike gets forged magnesium wheels from OZ Racing.
Speaking about the new Moto2 bike, Giovanni Castiglioni, MV Agusta president, said, “I am really proud to see the dream to re-join the Motorcycling World Championship come true. I would like to thank all our engineers, technicians and designers, plus the staff of the Forward Racing Team for having carried out this project in such a short amount of time.”
He further added, “I want to express my gratitude to Giovanni Cuzari, as he believed in us and pushed us to do our best. Of course, there is still a lot of work ahead of us, but step by step we will improve our competitiveness.”
Underneath will be Triumph 675cc, an inline 3-pot engine that will be powering all the Moto2 bikes from next year, replacing the current 4-pot mill from Honda. This switch of engines gave MV Agusta a perfect timing to get back in the motorsport because it has got a whole lot of experience in making some of the finest sportbikes carrying 3-cylinder engines.
Giovanni Cuzari, Forward team owner, said, “I have been chasing this dream since Claudio [Castiglioni’s] era. Many times I have insisted with MV Agusta for a return in MotoGP, and, when Giovanni has taken the place of his father, I have often encouraged him to believe in such an ambitious project.”
He continued, “Finally he did it, and today, 42 years later, we will take the first steps with the Moto2 MV Agusta prototype. I am very emotional but aware that this is only a first outing, and that there is a huge amount of work ahead of us.”
Sharing his views about MV Agusta reentering Moto2 world championship, Brian Gillen, Project leader, said, “It’s a few years now that we are thinking about a return to the Motorcycling World Championship and with the modification of the regulations of the Moto2 category for 2019 it’s the perfect opportunity to express our technical know-how, that we developed during the last six years in which we raced in Superbike and Supersport.”
He added, “The Moto2 project is an ambitious one and we are involving our R&D resources and all our racing experience in order to develop a completely new bike, which differs from all the others and which reflects the values of MV Agusta.”
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