Claudio Corti is confident the new MV Agusta F4RR Superbike has excellent potential following its public test debut at Jerez this week.

Following the confirmation that Corti, who raced in MotoGP in 2013, will spearhead MV Agusta's factory entry into the World Superbike Championship next season, the Italian got the chance to sample the new machine for the first time alongside new rivals Kawasaki, Aprilia, Suzuki and Honda in Spain.

Though the team, which will be run by World Supersport Champions Yakhnich Motorsport, was keen to stress the F4RR is very much in the first phase of development, Corti was nonetheless very pleased with its first impressions.

Setting a best time of 1min 42.9secs, while Corti would complete the test 2.6secs slower than pace setter Tom Sykes and remain within two seconds of other riders, including Loris Baz (+2.0secs), Marco Melandri (+1.7) and Leon Haslam (+0.7).

"I've never ridden a bike with a front end that would give me similar feelings, and even the engine looks really good to me as a starting point. Now I cannot wait to drive the final version of the bike and complete the test in January, but I think we can do well in the first year."

Corti was joined on track by Jules Cluzel and Vladimir Leonov, who will ride the F3RR in the World Supersport Championship next season.



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