MV Agusta has revealed its 2019 Moto2 Race Bike prototype. After a long break of forty-two years, MV Agusta is re-entering the world of grand-prix. The iconic Italian brand has won 75 titles in the past. 18 of these are from the 500cc category. MV has seen a few legendary riders like Mike Hailwood, John Surtees, Gary Hocking, Phil Read, and Giacomo Agostini.
The bike will run on a 765cc, in-line three-cylinder motor. The bike is mounted on a tubular trellis frame mounted on CNC-machined aluminium side plates. It features an aluminium swingarm. The suspension setup is from Ohlins. It also sports 17-inch OZ racing wheels made of magnesium. A slipper clutch from FCC and an exhaust from SC-Project completes the package.
The race bike is seen in a red-and-black paint scheme. It looks absolutely mean. The design is a result of MV Agusta’s collaboration with the Swiss-based Moto2 team, Forward Racing. The bike has a 1382mm wheelbase, 104mm trail and has a dry weight of 215 kilograms.
“I am really proud to see the dream to rejoin 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. 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,” said Giovanni Castiglioni, president of MV Agusta.
“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. 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,” said Brian Gillen, project leader.
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