The MV Agusta name is set to return to grand prix next season, after an absence of more than 40-years, having joined forces with Forward Racing in Moto2.

According to a recent announcement on the official MotoGP website, a four-year deal has been agreed between Forward and MV, adding:

'The new bike will be on track in July, as Forward Racing and MV take part in private tests, seeing the Italian factory lap its first Grand Prix prototype for 42 years.'

While the new bike will be badged as an MV, understands that the Italian company will call upon Forward's existing chassis manufacturer Suter to at least help with the design and construction of its Moto2 machine.

Suter won the Moto2 constructors' title in 2010, 2011 and 2012, when the Swiss firm also took the riders' title with Marc Marquez, before Kalex began its unbeaten run.

Forward is the only team currently using the Suter chassis and has a best finish of tenth so far this season, with riders Stefano Manzi and Eric Granado.

Moto2 will switch to bigger 765cc Triumph engines and a new Magneti Marelli ECU in 2019.