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MV Agusta F4 and F3 to Compete in 2012 Isle of Man TT
MV Agusta is returning to Isle of Man TT competition with the World Performance Racing team entering an F4 and an F3.
The Italian brand has a storied history in the Isle of Man TT, with the legendary Giacomo Agostini winning 10 times under the MV Agusta banner. Overall, MV Agusta claims 34 TT race victories and 61 podiums at the Isle of Man.
Most of that history came in the period between 1952 and 1972 however, with Agostini leading a boycott of the Isle of Man TT following the death of his friend Gilberto Parlotti in the 1972 TT.
Since then, MV Agusta’s presence at the Isle of Man TT has been rather muted, with the last high-profile entrant coming in 2007 with the late Irish racer Martin Finnegan riding an MV Agusta F4.
World Performance Racing, a family-ru7n outfit based out of Chesterfield, England, will enter the 2012 Isle of Man TT with an F4 and an F3 with the assistance of MV Agusta’s U.K. distributor MotoGB. WPR unveiled its MV Agusta F4RR race bike last week at the U.K. Motorcycle Live show.
“This is a milestone for the team and MV Agusta, as the fans can see we have been sympathetic to the race heritage with the design of the paintwork – everyone has been very supportive and we are now focused on preparations for the ‘Island’,” says Neil Haslam of WPR. “We will have more announcements to make following the show regarding rider, partners and plans for this historic and emotional return to the TT for the MV Agusta brand. A big thank you to MotoGB for all their support over the past twelve months as we have worked towards this show.”