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Hutchinson 'can fight at front' on MV Agusta

Tsingtao Racing/Hampshire MV Agusta team manager Dave Tyson says Ian Hutchinson is the right man to put the iconic Italian manufacturer back on the rostrum at the Isle of Man TT
Tsingtao Racing/Hampshire MV Agusta team boss Dave Tyson says the signing of Ian Hutchinson offers a golden chance to challenge for international silverware at the Isle of Man TT this year.

Hutchinson, who will ride Superbike and Superstock Kawasaki ZX-10R machines for Paul Bird, has added the exotic Italian F3 675 machine to his line-up, which uses a unique three-cylinder engine with a rotating crankshaft – technology only previously seen on MotoGP machines.

The Bingley man will also ride the MV Agusta at the North West 200 in May and joins an illustrious list of names to have ridden for the legendary marque on the Mountain Course, including Giacomo Agostini, Mike Hailwood, John Surtees, Carlo Ubbiali and John Hartle.

The manufacturer won 34 races at the TT between 1952 and 1972, earning 61 rostrum finishes. Agostini was the last winner on an MV Agusta at the TT, taking victory in the 1972 Senior race.

Team manager Tyson said: “I'm really pleased with the signing of Hutchy for this year's Isle of Man TT as well as the North West 200. It gives us a great opportunity to challenge at the front and as we all know he is a TT winner.

“MV Agusta has a winning tradition at the TT and we are going to do everything we can to do that. I know that Giovanni and all the staff at the Italian factory are supporting us and it means we can have a real shot at it,” he added.

“The 2015 F3 is better than ever and results in World Supersport have proven the bikes competitive so we now need to make that happen on the 37.73-mile mile circuit. It is the third time we have been at the TT; in 2013 the team was the first to bring a Chinese bike and this year we hope to bring a trophy back to Hampshire MV Agusta.”

MV Agusta President, Giovanni Castiglioni, said it was 'fitting' that Hutchinson – who famously won five TT races in the same week in 2010 – was following in the footsteps of some of the greatest names to have ever raced the Mountain Course.

“MV Agustas are indelibly associated with the Isle of Man TT races and we are looking forward to adding the next chapter in our long and successful history of racing on the Isle of Man,” he said.

“Ian Hutchinson is a legend around the Mountain Course and it is fitting that he is following in some of the great names that have raced MV's at the TT.”

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Ian Hutchinson celebrates victory in the opening race of the 2010 Isle of Man TT, with Michael Dunlop and Cameron Donald
Action from the 2016 North West 200
Michael Dunlop on the Team Classic Suzuki XR69 during the Classic Superbike race at the Classic TT.
Michael Dunlop on the Black Eagle MV Agusta at the Classic TT.
Michael Dunlop on the Black Eagle MV Agusta at the Classic TT.
Bruce Anstey won the Lightweight race at the Classic TT on the Padgetts Honda RS250.
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Bruce Anstey on the Padgetts RS250 Honda at the Classic TT.
Dean Harrison on the Silicone Engineering Kawasaki at the Classic TT.
Bruce Anstey on the Padgetts RS250 Honda at the Classic TT.
Michael Dunlop on the Team Classic Suzuki XR69 at the Classic TT.
Michael Dunlop on the Team Classic Suzuki XR69 during practice for the Classic TT.
Ian Lougher, Dean Harrison and Lee Johnston in the winners` enclosure following the 2015 500cc Classic TT
Tyco BMW`s Ian Hutchinson
Bruce Anstey on the YZR500 Yamaha at the Classic TT.
Ian Hutchinson leads Michael Dunlop in the Superbike class at the Ulster Grand Prix.
Ian Hutchinson celebrates his four wins at the Ulster Grand Prix.
Senior TT race winner Michael Dunlop, runner-up Ian Hutchinson and John McGuinness

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Clive Randall

March 24, 2015 10:20 PM

hey Grant he's taken the statement straight from MVs own blub of the bike "The unique 3-cylinder engine with a counter-rotating crankshaft, a ground-breaking solution previously seen only on MotoGP bikes" big except of course is the typo re counter. Seems he did the research just left out the word. chill maan!!

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