The MV Agusta name will be returning to the Superstock 1000 paddock in 2009 after Italian champions Gimotorsport announced an entry into this year's series.

The renowned manufacturer was absent from the 2008 championship despite having enjoyed success in recent years with Luca Scassa and Ayrton Badovini.

Nonetheless, having triumphed in last year's Italian Superbike Championship with Scassa, Gimotorsport Unionbike have confirmed they will move onto the world stage with the F4-312 and challenge for the Superstock crown.

Two riders have already been signed, with Davide Giugliano joining from Suzuki and Brit Andy Lowes graduating from Superstock 600.

The pair have begun testing in Valencia, where Giugliano's time of 1min 38.2s is already below the unofficial track record set by Ayrton Badovini in 2007. Lowes set a 1min 39.5s.

"The F4 has a fantastic suspension set-up and running gear that allows you to do whatever you want with it. The engine is also generous with its power output, throughout the entire rev band it's more or less at the same level as the Suzuki, but power delivery is much easier to manage."

Meanwhile, MV Agusta have halted development of F4 in order to concentrate on the new F5, raising hopes that they may consider an official return to Superbike racing in the next couple of years.



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