MV Agusta First Win in 38 Years

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MV Agusta Win

For the first time in 38 years, MV Agusta is back on the winner’s podium after one of its riders rode to victory this past weekend in the opening round of the 2014 World Supersport Championship held at Australia’s Phillip Island.

Frenchman Jules Cluzel, who was runner-up in the 2012 World Supersport series, took the win on his Yakhnich Motorsport F3 675 MV Agusta. After facing a series of technical problems on his bike during qualifying Cluzel had started the race in  14th on the grid.

MV Agusta Win

Eight laps in, the race was halted due to oil on the track. This required a re-start and Cluzel found himself in fifth place just behind series favorites Kenan Sofuoglu and Michael van der Mark. These two riders crashed out and Cluzel launched a last lap challenge, overtaking race leader Kev Coghlan, on the penultimate corner at Phillip Island to take this historic win for MV Agusta.

The last time an MV Agusta ride won a world championship race was back in 1976 when Giacomo Agostini on his four-cylinder 350cc MV Agusta led the field at the Nurburgring, in Germany.

Afterwards Cluzel said: “We were terribly unlucky both during testing and at the start of the weekend. We rode far fewer laps than we should have. So, after that, going on to win was just a dream.

“Before the start I told my mechanics I’d do my utmost: and that’s exactly what I did, without making a single mistake. It’s a deserved victory; we’ve still got a long way to go but we’re convinced that the bike and the Yakhnich team have huge potential.”

Giovanni Castiglioni, President of MV Agusta, said: “This was a marvelous win, an indescribable thrill. I want to dedicate this victory to my father, whose faith in MV and the possibility of a successful return to racing was always unshakeable, and the late father of Brian Gillen, our Reparto Corse manager.

“I want to thank the Yakhnich Motorsport team and everyone involved in this ambitious project for their exemplary commitment”.

MV Agusta’s effort in the Superbike championship also running at Phillip Island was less successful but still “encouraging, according to MV Agusta. Riding the F4 RR, Claudio Corti finished the two races in 13th and 18th position.

  • Archie

    Was quite surprised when I watched this, it really does reflect on all the positive feedback MV’s been getting from public and press with their latest run of bikes, rubbish throttles or no.

    • http://krtong.com/ Kr Tong

      Every bike in the world has some fuel map issues. They’re really, really simple to fix. Were it something mechanical like a crankshaft bearing (:cough: ducati :cough:) then it would be a bigger issue.

  • Dan

    Tim, the entire second half of this article appears to be directly copied from a news article on Visordown. http://www.visordown.com/motorcycle-news–racing-news/mv-agusta-back-on-the-podium-after-38-years/24569.html

    Visordown original:

    Speaking of the win, Cluzel said: “We were terribly unlucky both during testing and at the start of the weekend. We rode far fewer laps than we should have. So, after that, going on to win was just a dream!

    “Before the start I told my mechanics I’d do my utmost: and that’s exactly what I did, without making a single mistake. It’s a deserved victory; we’ve still got a long way to go but we’re convinced that the bike and the Team have huge potential”.

    Giovanni Castiglioni, President of MV Agusta, said: “A marvellous win, an indescribable thrill. I want to dedicate this first victory to my father, whose faith in MV and the possibility of a successful return to racing was always unshakeable, and the late father of Brian Gillen, our Reparto Corse manager.

    “I want to thank the Yakhnich Motorsport team and everyone involved in this ambitious project for their exemplary commitment”.

    MV Agusta’s effort in the Superbike championship was less successful but still ‘encouraging’, according to MV. Riding the F4 RR, Claudio Corti finished the two races in 13th and 18th position.

    • Archie

      He’s paraphrasing a quote. Visordown did not write those words, they also quoted the original source.

      • Tim Watson

        Exactly – they are the official quotes issued to the media by the team on on its win. You’ll find them on other motorcycle web sites that covered this story.

        • Dan

          The issue isn’t the quotes, it’s everything else. Are you saying that even the lines outside the quotation marks are quotes directly from MV? If it’s just a re-paste of a press release it should be identified as such.

          • Tim Watson

            Dan – the quotes are from the MV Agusta team. The rest of the story is ours. I’ve just checked out the Visordown story and it has nothing about the race itself or how Cluzel won the race. I’m not sure what you’re driving at.

            • Dan

              Lines like this: MV Agusta’s effort in the Superbike championship was less successful but still ‘encouraging’, according to MV. Riding the F4 RR, Claudio Corti finished the two races in 13th and 18th position.
              Except for the word “encouraging,” that’s not a quote. Unless the whole line reflects a press release without attribution. I was just wondering why things like that (which are not in quotes) would appear in identical form on multiple websites.

              • zero

                I guess the phrase “according to MV” gave a bit of a hint that it was from the press release?

              • gabbar singh

                Having a rough week at work?

              • http://RideApart.com/ Wes Siler

                Tim is an excellent journalist with a track record of quality reporting, he nor RideApart plagiarize. Ever.

                If elements of this article appear similar to ones which appeared elsewhere, it’s because everyone’s had access to identical quotes. Any words outside of quotations in this article are 100 percent original, written by Tim for RideApart.

                Consider this avenue of discussion closed. Any further suggestions of plagiarism will immediately be deleted.

                • infresig

                  Wes, I’m glad you cleared that up with a flat denial. Very convincing. The point is you should rephrase the sentence so that it doesn’t sound almost exactly identical to another article, regardless of whether the similarity is accidental or not. Even if you’re not copying (which I assume you’re not even without the benefit of your eloquent defense), the idea is that you shouldn’t give the impression that you pasted verbatim and then changed a couple of words.

                • http://RideApart.com/ Wes Siler

                  We’re not giving any such impression. RideApart is a quality source of original reporting; more so than the other outlets in question. If there’s a similarity in wording, then it’s simply a coincidence and not one which has ever occurred before.

                • grb
    • Rameses the 2nd

      Copy/Paste Deja Vu. RideApart seriously needs to address this issue.

      http://rideapart.com/2013/11/six-times-movies-got-motorcycles-wrong/

  • TenorMadness

    Is there a primer/101/faq anywhere on these racing tourneys? I’m relatively new to the riding community. A friend told me about MotoGP recently and I’m starting to read up on their website to get ready for the season, but how many others are out there? What’s the best way to watch? Are some commentators/sites better at bringing new viewers into the fold?

    • http://RideApart.com/ Wes Siler

      Get a trial subscription on MotoGP.com, it’s likely the only way to watch (depending on where you live) and they do offer an excellent service with good value for money. Watch a race and see if you like it! GP is prototype racing (like Formula One) and World Superbike is production-based (like sportscar racing). Supersport is the same, just for 600-ish bikes.

    • http://www.pattonstrength.com/ PattonStrength

      BeIN shows WSBK races now which is pretty great. Also, Fox Sports does a great job with covering Supercross and Arenacross if you’re into dirt racing.

      • Chris McKendry

        Also caught some British Superbike on Velocity last weekend. Just a heads up!

        • http://www.pattonstrength.com/ PattonStrength

          Love the announcers for those racers. Crazy amounts of enthusiasm.

          • Ben Mcghie

            The MotoGP announcers always go the most nuts I find. It’s great. They have so many years experience to draw on, and the banter is also excellent.

  • Theodore P Smart

    Always nice to see Nataliya Lyubimova get sprayed with bubbly .

  • http://krtong.com/ Kr Tong

    This just makes me want one even more. Great on them.