Forward Racing has pulled the wraps off its Moto2 challenger to mark MV Agusta’s return to grand prix racing.

After a 42-year absence, MV Agusta return to the grand prix paddock by joining forces with Forward Racing and are expected to use a steel trellis frame with an aluminium swingarm and Ohlins suspension combined with the new-for-2019 765cc Triumph Moto2 engine.

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Hosted at Milan’s Garage Italia Custom, Stefan Manzi and Dominique Aegerter pulled the wraps off the new Moto2 challenger as part of its preparations ahead of starting pre-season testing this week at Almeria (February 15-16) followed by a second test at Jerez (February 20-22).

The team has also taken on a new title sponsor and will be called MV Agusta Idea Lavoro Forward Racing.

“I grew up at the races, taking part in the numerous victories of our groups brands; from the motocross track to the Parigi Dakar including SBK and GP500 races,” Giovanni Castiglioni, MV Agusta president, said. “But the dream of all of us has always been to return to the World Championship with MV Agusta.

“I’m very proud of everything we’ve achieved and to see our Moto2 project rekindle our dreams, as well as the memories of our passionate fans.

“All of this has been made possible through the hard work of a group of crazy dreamers, including our engineers in MV and CRC (Centro Ricerche Castiglioni) and Giovanni, whom I would like to thank for his love of our brand as well as his desire and perseverance in developing this fantastic project.”

Giovanni Cuzari, Forward team boss, says after “years of work” he feels his squad’s “dream” has been realised supporting a manufacturer effort of the calibre of MV Agusta.

“The dream finally comes true,” Cuzari said. “With this evening we give the official start to the season that will see us protagonists alongside MV Agusta. After years of work we are witnessing this evening the realization of a dream, mine and all those who believed in it from the beginning.

“This year we will have the opportunity to work with Italian excellence and with great professionals. We are enthusiastic about the news announced, especially for the new Title Sponsor, Idea Lavoro, in the person of Dr. Scavone, who deserves our biggest thanks. We are aware of the responsibilities that await us, but at the same time proud and confident in the season to come.”

Forward had initially signed Romano Fenati to its new Moto2 project before his ban after grabbing Manzi’s brake lever during the Misano race last September. Instead, Manzi has been retained alongside former Moto2 race winner Aegerter.

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