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Racing the MV Agusta

Competing at national level on an unknown bike was always going to be a challenge. On paper the bike had all the right credentials: power, high quality components, racing pedigree chassis and that most elusive of all things… style. One of the most iconic bikes when it first appeared in the late nineties, the F4 still stands out from the crowd over 10 years later yet still has the performance to match more modern competition.

Due to entering the Superstock class, modifications were limited in terms of performance but we were able to do some basic modifications such as fit and map a Power Commander, high performance air filter and full Zard exhaust system as well as suspension upgrades that included front fork modification and replacing the rear shock.

The MV was a great bike to learn chassis set-up on as unlike mainstream Japanese bikes, it offered a few variations on chassis set up with adjustable swinging arm pivot, infinitely adjustable rear ride height and adjustable headstock angle.

2007 was an up and down year. But despite us being just one of two teams in the Superstock championship racing the MV Agusta, we proved yet again that good preparation and set-up paid dividends with us being the only MV team to secure a victory in only our fourth ever road race.

This victory was the first in a national championship in the UK for MV Agusta in over 35 years. As a result we were invited over to Monza by the factory to compete in the FIM European Superstock Championship on a spare bike for one of their Italian teams. This trip didn’t end so well with our rider being involved in a high-speed crash. Luckily he escaped relatively unhurt but was unable to compete in the race. Nevertheless his performance up until then had impressed everyone at the factory.

Back home in the UK, we finished the season in a strong position with both riders achieving their fastest lap times ever for that class. Unfortunately due to a lack of sponsorship, our plans for 2008 were put on hold.

The experience gained in the cut and thrust world of racing hasn’t been in vain though. It has moved us forward, accelerating our progress towards becoming the leading performance and tuning workshop for MV Agusta in the UK today.