Former Fixi Crescent Suzuki World Superbike team boss Jack Valentine is seeking a repeat of his Triumph heroics as he targets international road racing glory with MV Agusta this year.
Valentine has revived his legendary Valmoto Racing brand and will run Isle of Man TT winner Gary Johnson on a factory-supported F3 675 triple at the North West 200, TT and Ulster Grand Prix.
In 2003, he pulled off a massive shock as he oversaw Triumph's return to the TT, when New Zealand's Bruce Anstey produced a fairy tale victory in the Supersport class.
And now Valentine is courting similar success with the Italian manufacturer, starting with the North West 200 in May.
“We won't be coming just to make up the numbers,” he said.
“I am only focusing my racing efforts on the three big international road races this year and I am confident that the MV will be capable of getting a podium at the North West.
“The bike made an impressive debut at the opening World Supersport race at Phillip Island in Australia,” he added.
“The bike has only had limited development but it was still running up in fourth place before hitting tyre issues.
“It is definitely fast. We've got good guys working with us so by the time we get to the North West we will be very competitive.”
Valentine has linked up with Steve Mellor, who was instrumental in the success of V&M Racing in the past.
Mellor is currently preparing the MV engines and the roads team will benefit from data gained by the ParkinGo World Supersport outfit as the iconic Italian marque returns to road racing in a big way.