For the first round of the 2015 World Superbikes, MV AGUSTA, the legendary Italian bike manufacturer with 75 world championship titles, a level of success unique in the history of motorcycling, were delighted to present at Philip Island their “Reparto Corse” team, the name of the official factory team taking part in the dual challenge of WSBK and WSS.
And there have been plenty of new developments, beginning with the styling. The MV Agusta F3 and F4 fielded for these championships now have a new tri-color livery that includes, among other things, the Mercedes-AMG logo, thus extending, from road to racetrack, the shared values of exclusivity and high performance that characterise both companies.
On the technical side, the MV Agusta F3, the 2014 vice-world champion together with talented French rider Jules Cluzel, has had the engine, suspension set-up and fuel system tweaked, while the 1000 cc 4-cylinder F4 has been given a thorough overhaul and evocatively renamed the F4 RC, the last two letters standing for Reparto Corse (Racing Department).
This new, ultra-refined, exclusive fireball of a bike, entrusted to the experience of super-fast racer Leon Camier, will be marketed as a limited edition in a dual road/ready to race configuration, so enthusiasts can enjoy unleashing its as-standard 212 hp on the track.
The MV Agusta F3 and F4 fairings conceal mechanical and suspension set-up solutions that are in a class of their own when it comes to production bikes: the trellis frame with aluminium plates, the single-sided swingarm, the removable gearbox and, on the three-cylinder bike, the shell-cast closed-deck crankcase with integral bore liners, the integrated water and oil circuits and titanium valves, radially arranged on the 4-cylinder engine.
Giovanni Castiglioni, President and CEO: ”When it comes to race wins and world championships, MV Agusta’s reputation is unrivalled. Racing offers an irreplaceable way of testing and quickly developing new technical solutions that can then be transferred to production bikes. That’s why we continue to invest resources and technology into both WSS, where we’re in contention for ultimate victory, and in WSBK, where we expect to achieve significant results in the second part of the season.
Brian Gillen, Technical Director: “In what will be the second season for our internal ‘Reparto Corse’ team, we have a clear idea of what we need to do to win the WSS and bring home our 76th world title. It’ll be necessary to produce consistent results; the MV Agusta F3 offers truly outstanding performance, so we expect to play a starring role in this season. The team now runs more smoothly and efficiently than ever thanks to the insertion of a technician with long-standing experience, Giovanni Sandi. SBK will be a tougher nut to crack but we expect to make good progress during the season, with confidence levels running high thanks to the skill and experience of Leon Camier and the development potential of the F4 RC”.
#16 Jules Cluzel – WSS (see the F3 RC)
Motorcycle: F3 675
#87 Lorenzo Zanetti – WSS (see the F3 RC)
Motorcycle: F3 675
#2 Leon Camier – WSBK (see the F4 RC)
Motorcycle: F4 RC