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WSBK Misano: MV Agusta takes racing activities in-house

MV Agusta confirms the end of its partnership with Yakhnich Motorsports in favour of taking its WSBK and WSS effort in-house for 2014.
MV Agusta has confirmed it has taken its World Superbike and World Supersport entries entirely in-house from this weekend's round at Misano after ending its partnership with Yakhnich Motorsports.

Following speculation ahead of the seventh WSBK/WSS round, MV Agusta has now confirmed it will be solely in charge of its efforts in both the Superbike and Supersport series.

Having made a factory return to world championship racing in 2013 with a moderately successful Supersport effort with the BE1 ParkinGO team, MV Agusta entered into an agreement with 2013 Supersport champions Yakhnich Motorsport to spearhead both its WSS effort and its move into World Superbikes.

However, while the F3RR is a race winner at Supersport level in the hands of Jules Cluzel, the F4RR Superbike has struggled for pace and reliability and is yet to break the top ten.

Though it is not disclosed exactly as to why MV Agusta and Yakhnich have opted to end its partnership after just half-a-season, the manufacturer has confirmed plans to take its racing activities entirely in-house under the Reparto Corse banner, suggesting it will not seek another partner to end the year with.

Furthermore, the move has seen it firm contracts with its riders Claudio Corti and Cluzel to the end of the 2015 season, though Vladimir Leonov has been released as his contract lies with Yakhnich. In the meantime, Massimo Roccoli will ride in his place at Misano.

Yakhnich Motorsports, meanwhile, may look to rekindle its relationship with Yamaha following its run to the WSS title with the manufacturer in 2013, particularly as the Japanese firm is highly-expected to return to WSBK action next year. Yakhnich had originally sought to enter WSBK with Yamaha in 2014, but a delay by the manufacturer saw it switch allegiance to MV Agusta.


Tagged as: Yamaha , Misano , MV Agusta , corti , May , Cluzel , Yakhnich

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Donsy

June 21, 2014 5:22 AM

I don't think denying Yakhnich shares in the MV company is a bad thing, just as I don't know the real story behind the split. Crikey that Leonov was useless. It is a pity, but I always said the F4 would need a lot of work and $ to be in the top 10 consistently. Good luck to them never the less, at least they did build their own bike, and did not just throw a BM or KAWA motor into a flash frame. Now if out Journo's could get the F3 model right, three's no such thing as a F3RR guys.



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