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Romano Fenati joins MV Agusta for the 2019 Grand Prix season

After 42 years, MV Agusta is all set to return to the world of motorcycle racing. The Italian bike maker has signed the 22-year-old Romano Fenati to pilot one of the Moto2 bikes it will be entering in the championship next season. MV Agusta is one of the most successful teams in the world of motorcycle racing. Its tally stands at 270 Grand Prix motorcycle races, 38 World Riders' Championships and 37 World Constructors' Championships.

MV Agusta won its first championship in 1952 in the 125cc category, and after winning that, it conquered the other categories as well – the 250cc, the 350cc and the 500cc. And after dominating for 22 years, the bike manufacturer had to withdraw its name from racing events due to financial difficulties. Riders like John Surtees, Carlo Ubbiali, Mike Hailwood, Phil Read and Giacomo Agostini were a key part in bringing the Italian team to the top position. Following the footsteps of legends like these will be a fair challenge for Romano Fenati.

'I am very happy and honoured to take part in this prestigious project and to join such a cohesive and competent group as the Forward Racing Team is,” says Romano Fenati. The Italian racer made his debut in Moto3 in 2012 and is a ten-time winner in 108 races in which he took part. “Riding the F2 will be a source of great pride for me and will be an important responsibility, so I will give all my contribution and my experience to achieve excellent results' he added.

As per the new regulations, MV Agusta will use Triumph’s 765cc motor in its Moto2 bike. This is a derivative of the same engine which we have seen in the street-legal Street Triple RS. In its stock, road-going form, the three-pot engine has an output of 120bhp at 11,700rpm and 77Nm of peak torque at 10,800rpm. However, Triumph has made a lot of modifications to the 765cc powerplant – it gets modified cylinder head with revised inlet and exhaust ports, titanium valves, stiffer valve springs, taller first gear ratio, a slipper clutch which can be tuned, revised gearbox, new crank, new pistons, new con-rods and balancer shaft and race-spec ECU developed with Magneti Marelli. All of this will significantly bump up performance. MV has developed the chassis of the motorcycle with inputs from Suter and the frame is a tubular steel trellis with suspension from Ohlins and full titanium exhaust sourced from SC-Project.

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