MV Agusta have released the first official photos and details of their Moto2 bike. The Italian manufacturer is partnering with the Forward Racing team, who will race the MV Agusta from 2019 onwards, once Triumph takes over as official engine supplier. The MV Agusta Moto2 machine brings to an end a 42 year absence from Grand Prix racing.
MV Agusta once dominated Grand Prix racing, winning 37 constructor titles and 38 individual titles across the 125, 250, 350, and 500cc classes. The Italian manufacturer was home to a string of legendary riders, including Carlo Ubbiali, John Surtees, Mike Hailwood, Gary Hocking, Phil Read, and the most successful motorcycle racer of all time, Giacomo Agostini.
The MV Agusta Moto2 project is to be developed in house, and will follow the lessons learned from racing in the WorldSBK and WorldSSP championships. The bike uses a tubular steel trellis chassis with aluminum side plates holding the swingar mount, just as MV Agusta's road bikes do. It has an aluminum swingarm, and uses industry-standard Ohlins suspension. The MV Agusta becomes the second bike to use a steel trellis frame in Moto2, after KTM have garnered much success with a similar frame. Both KTM and MV Agusta insist on sticking to their own manufacturing principles and engineering experience in their choice of chassis, rather than attempting to copy what other manufacturers do.
It is not yet known who will race the Forward MV Agusta in 2019. There are rumors that Forward are talking to Jonas Folger about a ride, giving the German a chance to make a return to Grand Prix racing without the pressure of coming back to MotoGP. But there is plenty of time to be signing riders: the silly season for Moto2 is likely to kick off once the series returns at Brno, with rider signings usually taking place in the second half of the season.
Part of the press release from MV Agusta and Forward Racing appears below photos from the press release:
The long-awaited return of MV agusta to GP Motorcycle racing
MV Agusta re-enters the World Championship after a 42 year absence.
This prestigious Italian motorcycle brand, which still retains the most titles worldwide, with an experienced racing Team.
MV Agusta & Forward Racing Team united to write a new chapter in the history of motorcycling.
GIOVANNI CASTIGLIONI - MV AGUSTA PRESIDENT
“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.”
GIOVANNI CUZARI - TEAM OWNER
“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. 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. I got to know closely the Castiglioni Research Centre, the true heart of MV Agusta, and now I’m convinced that we have everything to accomplish a great prjoect: the passion and professionalism of the group guided by Paolo Bianchi, together with my fantastic team, which I thank individually, is definitely the right mix to be able to aim for the best. Today’s is a starting point to get to bring this brand back really high. A special thanks goes to all those who supported and support this project, now the attention goes to the track.”
BRIAN GILLEN - PROJECT LEADER
“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.”
|TYPE:||In-line three cylinder, 4 stroke|
|BORE X STROKE:||77.99 mm x 53.38 mm|
|COOLING SYSTEM:||Talio water radiator and oil heat exchanger|
|ENGINE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM:||Electronic fuel injection with Marelli Magneti REX 140 ECU|
|INJECTORS:||Single injector per cylinder|
|INTAKE SYSTEM:||Full Ride-by-Wire throttle system|
|CLUTCH:||FCC slipper clutch|
|EXHAUST SYSTEM:||SC-Project titanium 3-1|
|CHASSIS:||Tubular steel trellis with CNC machined aluminum side plates|
|SWINGARM:||Aluminum CNC machined with integrated pressed sheet|
|WHEELS:||OZ forged magnesium 3.75x17” front and 6.00x17”rear|
|OVERALL DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT:|
|FUEL TANK CAPACITY:||24 liters|
|DRY WEIGHT:||217 kg, motorcycle + rider|