More than 37 years after its last world championship race win, with Giacomo Agostini in 1976, MV Agusta will make its official comeback to top level racing in the 2014 World Superbike Championship.

The iconic Italian brand, which has a record of 37 Riders' and 38 Manufacturers' titles, has finally confirmed its WSBK intentions, in partnership with Yakhnich Motorsport.

"Our official return to racing is a very ambitious and important step for us," said Giovanni Castiglioni, MV Agusta President. "Racing has always been my dad's greatest passion and this drove the brand to victory in many disciplines of motorcycle racing, from 500cc GP to Paris-Dakar and to the first Superbike World Championship titles won with Ducati.

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"His dream was to see MV back to racing and I am so proud to be the one doing so."

Starting from 2014, MV Agusta will take on the challenge of both the WSBK and World Supersport series, recent won by Yakhnich (using Yamaha machinery) in only their second season in the series.

"We worked very hard to achieve the great results of 2013. The partnership with MV Agusta opens a whole new set of opportunities," said Alexander Yakhnich, Yakhnich Motorsport president. "We are truly happy of the agreement and we look forward to further success."

MV Agusta took podiums in WSS with ParkinGO this year.

Rider line-up for 'Yakhnich Motorsport MV Agusta Reparto Corse' will be revealed by the end of November.

Javier Alonso, WSBK Executive Director, recognised the official presence of MV as being significant for the series as a whole.

"We're glad to announce the official return of MV Agusta to the WSBK series," he said. "The Italian brand is not only globally important but has an iconic and successful racing history, so welcome back and all the best to both the Manufacturer and the Team for the upcoming season."