Inspired by the success of the ParkinGo MV Agusta team in World Supersport competition, where Robby Rolfo was in the hunt for a podium position before crashing out, ZAG Racing, from Las Vegas, Nevada, will race a MV Agusta F3 in select AMA races with rider Javelin Broderick.
The team will spend the remainder of the 2013 season developing the 675cc, three-cylinder MV for a full-on assault at the 2014 Supersport season. Focusing mainly on west coast races this year, ZAG Racing will compete in MWGP, M1GP and WERA rounds that don’t conflict with the AMA schedule. They’ll also develop the bike at various trackdays.
When asked why the team is fielding a relative unknown when it comes to middleweight racing, team owner Bernie Broderick said, “There are a couple of schools of thought on this. Some would think that having a bike that is common in the paddock benefits from the knowledge of the others who race it. After two years of racing the Yamaha R6, I can tell you that no one is going to give up their secrets so that point is flawed. If we continue to race such a common machine, we can only expect to get around a circuit as fast as anyone else running the same machine.”
“The other school says that you should work with a machine that can potentially give you an edge on your competition. We believe that the MV Agusta has significant advantages but it will take some development time to exploit them fully. The bike has complexity with its state of the art electronics package and radical 3-cylinder engine design. All things we know over time we can make the most of. Its debut in Europe with World Supersport team Parkin-Go showed that the bike is a contender and can run at the front even in this early stage of development.”
First stop for the F3 will be Race Tech Suspension in Corona, CA where it will receive personalized treatment from Paul Thede and Rob Brown. The company will build critical components for the machine including G3S shocks and cartridge kits. Afterward, Galfer and Dynojet will work their magic in Las Vegas where the initial build will be completed.
Interestingly, the team has decided Javelin will continue to compete on his current machinery until “we feel the bike is at a level of competitiveness that allows it to surpass where we are now,” says Bernie. “I felt it best to keep the pressure off the team this year so that we can focus on real development without the stress of having the bike ‘battle-ready’ every single weekend. Expect to see it at various track days and west coast races as we push forward toward our 2014 AMA Pro Racing return.”