Claudio Corti says he is excited ahead of his full World Superbike Championship debut with MV Agusta this weekend, even if he admits the role of sole developer for the F4RR machine is 'difficult'.

MV Agusta makes its much anticipated bow at WSBK level this season after linking up with Supersport champions Yakhnich Motorsports, the manufacturer signing experienced Italian Claudio Corti as its one and only rider.

So far, development has been solid, though niggling technical issues and a costly crash for Corti meant the team was still around 2.5secs off the ultimate pace.

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Indeed, though Corti concedes that being the only rider competing for MV Agusta this season raises a challenge, he is confident he will be up to speed quickly.

"I'm really happy because I never had a full season in World Superbike," he said. "I'm happy also to race with a brand like MV Agusta, an iconic marque both in Italy and worldwide.

Being the sole rider is a difficult task and I also crashed at turn 11 during the test, which cost us some important track time. It will be hard but the guys believe in this project and so do I."

"It was hard to find the setting after the crash. Problems here are much higher than Portugal because of different conditions. The main thing is not to give up as we are in the beginning. Development is not easy."

Though Corti participated with a standard black livery during the two day test, his MV Agusta will be decked out in iconic red and silver hues for the race weekend.