MV Agusta Reveal Their 2019 Moto2 Race Bike
MV Agusta have spent 42 years away from Grand Prix racing, and are finally set to return to Moto2 in 2019.
Partnering with Forward Racing, the Italian marque will use a steel trellis frame flanked by aluminium side plates, an aluminium swingarm, Ohlins suspensions and a brand new 2019 765cc Triumph Moto2 engine. Triumph will also be joining the frey with their own chassis offering using the same engine.
"I am really proud to see the dream to re-join the Motorcycling World Championship come true," said MV Agusta president Giovanni Castiglioni.
"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.”
Forward Racing's Giovanni Cuzari added: “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 project: 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 has expressed that the switch from Honda to Triumph engines and change in engine management yielded the perfect opportunity to enter Moto2.
“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," Gillen said.
"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.”
MV Agusta and Forward Racing haven't announced their riders for next year though, with Forward's current riders' futures undecided at the present.