News Round-Up: MV Agusta Turns 70, Yamaha YZF-R1M Gets Homologated, Ducati Desmosedici GP15 Debuted

MV Agusta Turns 70

2015 marks the 70th anniversary of the Italian motorcycle manufacturer, MV Agusta. It’s been a rocky ride at times, with both car maker Proton and Harley-Davidson having periods of ownership of the company which proved unsuccessful. But with a recent investment by Daimler into MV Agusta things may be looking up. To mark this anniversary the Schiranna-based motorcycle manufacturer has drawn up an impressive calendar of events and activities.

Things kick off at Philip Island (Australia) this week, where they’ll be presenting the MV Agusta “Reparto Corse” team competing in WSS and WSBK. In WSBK, riders will pilot the all-new F4 RC (Reparto Corse). That’s the name of the latest version of the F4: a 212 hp machine, type-approved for the SBK category that, in its road configuration will potentially be one of the great new bikes for 2015.

On 24 May Cascina Costa will be the venue for the 22nd MV Agusta Revival. With its procession of vintage motorcycles, this history-evoking event will take place ahead of what is, perhaps, the most eagerly awaited event of all: Gli amici di Claudio (Friends of Claudio).

This exciting celebration will be held over a weekend inside the long-standing Schiranna factory and will include displays, competitions, shows, tests, and exhibitions and everything else that orbits around MV Agusta and the legendary figure of Claudio Castiglioni.

New developments for this seventieth year include the strengthening of the partnership with Mercedes Benz–AMG. During the season, this will take the form of various communication initiatives and events designed for the respective car/motorcycle communities that focus on the shared values of performance, exclusivity and style.

MV Agusta F4 RC


Yamaha YZF-R1M Gets Homologated

Good news if were planning on entering a new R1 in World Superbikes this year (and series that follow the international WSBK rules), both the R1 and R1M are now eligible to race.

With the R1M, that would potentially mean that you’ll get to race with the extras of carbon fiber fairings, Ohlins electronic suspension and the communication control unit. But almost all professional racers are better off without electronic suspension, most teams would surely use better telemetry systems than would be offered on the R1M and carbon fiber fairings after banned by WSBK. That basically leaves you with an R1…

So perhaps this is more of a marketing exercise than something anyone will actually take advantage of. We’d love to hear from any racers out there as to what benefit the R1M would have over the R1 as a base from which to develop a race bike.

2015 Yamaha YZF R1M


Ducati Desmosedici GP15 Debuted

Ducati has finally shown off their 2015 MotoGP title contender, the Desmosedici GP15. If reports are true, this might be Ducati’s last shot at MotoGP because if they fail again, the factory team may be saying goodnight.

The Desmosedici GP15 didn’t appear at Sepang for the first round of MotoGP testing, so it was today unveiled at Bologna and there’s quite a few changes to be seen. Ducati’s famous 90 degree V4 engine has been shifted backwards to give more room to the front of the bike and that in turn compacts things within the wheelbase.

The bodywork has undergone quite a number of changes, with the rear tail section much smaller and compact. Last year, the exhausts came from either side of the machine rather than just the right hand side which they now do. The entire frame has been redesigned although it remains a twin-spar aluminium arrangement.


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