MV Agusta has secured its first top eight finish of the 2014 World Superbike Championship season after Claudio Corti survived the high attrition at a sodden Magny-Cours.

In what is proving to be a difficult season for the Italian manufacturer, which returned to international WSBK competition this year, Corti was able to keep the F4RR pointing in the right direction for points in both races, crossing the line 13th in race one before turning in an eighth in race two.

An important result for Corti, who was able to surpass the bike's previous best result of ninth achieved by Leon Camier in Laguna Seca, the former MotoGP rider was pleased with the evident progress made

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"The tests were carried out in dry conditions, but then race one took place in wet conditions and our attitude was not suitable. In more than a couple of contacts with other drivers slowed me down.

"Race two went much better, because we used data collected in race one to improve the set-up. I finished the race in eighth place, the best result of the season, a testament to the fact that we are growing and materializing all the work done in recent months. "