MV Agusta President and CEO Giovanni Castiglioni is setting high expectations for the iconic marque on its return to international motorcycle racing following its World Supersport victory at Phillip Island.

The manufacturer enjoyed significant success in motorcycle racing between the 1950s and 1970s, but has retained a low profile on the racing scene since then.

However, MV Agusta has since made a high profile return to international competition in 2013 with a factory-backed effort in World Supersport, where the new F3 proceeded show flashes of encouraging pace in its maiden year.

With defending WSS champions Yakhnich Motorsport coming on board for 2014 to spearhead its WSS title challenge, as well as a foray into the premier World Superbike class, the firm has already tasted success this season by virtue of Jules Cluzel's win in Australia.

MV Agusta's first international victory since 1976, the performance was a fulfilment of expectations for president Castiglioni.

"We are back to international racing to win, not just to participate," he said. "Victory is in the DNA of the brand and thanks to the partnership with Yakhnich Motorsport we will get there quicker. It was great to see the F3 winning in Phillip Island."

Buoyed by the team's Supersport success, MV Agusta's WSBK rider Claudio Corti is expecting to reap rewards with the F4 RR soon too.

"I knew the first year would have been hard work, but there are a lot of positives already in the development of the F4. We will improve race by race, and I think soon we will achieve good results."



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