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It’s official: MV Agusta will field an official factory team in the 2014 World Superbike Championship.
MV, the historic Italian brand with 38 World Championships and 37 constructors titles in Grand Prix racing, has come to terms with Yakhnich Motorsport to run the team, which will field both a one-rider World Superbike team and a two-rider World Supersport squad.
The Russian team says it will announce its riders by the end of November.
"The official return to racing is a very important and ambitious step for MV Agusta,” said Giovanni Castiglioni, President of MV Agusta. “However, my decision came directly from my heart. Racing was always my father's greatest passion and he led his companies to victory in every form of racing: from the 500cc GP class and the Paris-Dakar with the legendary Cagiva to the first World Championships won in Superbike with Ducati as well as off-road with Husqvarna. But his true dream was to see MV race again. I am very proud to be able to see this happen."
The team will be known as MV Agusta Reparto Corse - Yakhnich Motorsport.
Alexander Yakhnich, President of Yakhnich Motorsport said: “We have worked very hard to achieve great results in 2013. With MV Agusta, new and important opportunities have been opened up to us. We are very pleased with this agreement and we are looking forward to achieving a number of victories very soon.”
In addition to running the team, Yakhnich is also the promoter of the Russian round of the World Superbike Championship.