MV Agusta has ramped up the preparations for its much anticipated factory-backed entry into the World Superbike Championship this season by rolling out an 'almost final version' of the bike it will campaign during testing at Portimao.

The Italian manufacturer, which will have its entry overseen by graduating Supersport champions Yakhnich Motorsport, made its debut with new signing Claudio Corti towards the end of 2013, but stressed the bike it used then was mostly stock-based.

For its first outing in 2014, however, MV Agusta was on track in Portugal with the F4RR that it says is almost 'race ready' with just a month to go before the start of the season.

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Equipped with a more powerful engine, though the team lost time due to inclement weather on the first day, Corti was able to lap competitively on the second day. By the end of the test, Corti had managed a best lap of 1min 44.5secs - two seconds off the ultimate pace, but only around a second slower than other full-specification Superbike riders.

"I'm very glad that the engine has the potential," mused Corti. "We have to fix all the software implementation of the suspension and electronics , starting from zero , but I think that this season will be positive for us."