The 2013 MV Agusta Rivale 800 has been voted the most beautiful motorcycle of the 2012 EICMA Show in a poll of over 15,000 visitors to the show in Milan, Italy.

The Rivale captured 35.5% of the votes to win the honor, well ahead of the new Ducati Hypermotard SP which finished second in the voting at 22.9%. The two new Italian models are direct competitors in the middleweight motard segment, with the now-liquid-cooled 821cc Hypermotard SP facing off against the three-cylinder Rivale 800.

The Rivale uses a larger version of the three-cylinder engine first introduced on the MV Agusta F3 which was named most beautiful motorcycle of the 2010 EICMA show. Last year, the Ducati 1199 Panigale took the honor.

“For us it is a further recognition and confirmation of how much energy and resources MV Agusta is dedicating to the constant development of new products,” says Giovanni Castiglioni, president and chief executive officer of MV Agusta. “After winning in 2010 with the unique jewel created by my father, the F3 675, it is an incredible satisfaction to win yet again with a completely new machine. This victory is the greatest gift we could give to our President.”

Also getting a considerable amount of votes was the BMW R1200GS with 15.5%, the lone non-Italian motorcycle in the top six vote-getters.

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  MV Agusta Rivale 35.5%
  Ducati Hypermotard SP 22.9%
  BMW R 1200 GS 15.5%
  Moto Guzzi California 1400 Touring 5.2%
  Vespa 946 3.8%
  Aprilia Caponord 1200 3.5%
  Harley-Davidson Softail Slim 2.5%
  Honda CB1100 2.0%
  Benelli TNT R 2.0%
  Husqvarna Nuda 900R ABS 2.0%
  Yamaha TMAX Black Max 2.0%
  KTM Duke 125 ABS 1.4%
  Kawasaki W800 1.2%
  Suzuki Burgman 650 0.3%
  Piaggio X10 500 0.2%

[Source: EICMA, MV Agusta]