It’s been 42 years since the famous classic manufacturer last appeared on a grand prix bike racing grid, after dominating for many years in the 60s and 70s. MV Agusta was originally formed in 1907 by Count Giovanni Agusta and the first bike was produced in 1945. For 2019 the company will be joining forces with Forward Racing, which has built a machine around the new Moto2 three-cylinder motor from Triumph.
MV Agusta markets its own three-cylinder machines, so it’s a good fit.
Since 1992 MV ownership has – largely – been in the hands of the Castiglioni family, originally with Claudio and today with his son Giovanni at the helm. While MV has returned to World Superbike and Supersport tracks, this is the first time in decades that an MV will be seen in GPs.
Castiglioni says: “I’m proud to see the dream to rejoin the motorcycling world championship come true. Of course there is still a lot of work ahead of us, but step by step we will improve our competitiveness.”