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Johnson on MV Agusta F3 at 2013 TT

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Gary Johnson will campaign the upcoming road racing season aboard the MV Agusta F3. The English rider and Supersport TT winner will contest the Isle of Man TT, North West 200 and Ulster Grand Prix with the 675cc Triple. Long-time road racing team owner Jack Valentine leads the MV Agusta TT project under his ValMoto banner.

Johnson brings race-winning talent to the MV Agusta Supersport cause, with his first-ever TT victory coming in the 2011 Supersport 2 TT. He has several top-five TT finishes to his credit, as well as a Senior TT podium in 2009.

“I’m really looking forward to this year’s road racing season running the MV Agusta F3 675 under the ValMoto banner,” said Johnson in a TT press release. “Jack is one of the most experienced team owners in the industry with a first class reputation and a proven success record on the roads. I’m honored to be part of the team and am confident that together we can achieve some positive results this year.”

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Valentine returns to TT racing after a stint in World Superbike and British Superbike, most recently managing Crescent Suzuki’s rise from BSB to World SBK from 2008 to 2012. Valentine has also enjoyed prominent success at the TT and NW200 with David Jefferies, a nine-time TT winner who perished during practice for the 2003 IOM TT. That same year Valentine oversaw the successful return of Triumph to TT racing, with New Zealander Bruce Anstey scoring a Junior TT victory.

Said Valentine: “This is a project that I’m extremely passionate about and I am only embarking on it because I’m confident that victory is within our reach. Having spent the last few years working for manufacturer teams in BSB and WSBK, it feels good to be bringing ValMoto out of retirement and returning to the roads seems a fitting and high profile way to make our return.

“Gary is an extremely talented rider and the F3 675 is a great bike – I’m sure the pairing of the two will be a recipe for success and a reason for me to celebrate another successful TT.”

The last time an MV Agusta campaigned the TT was in 2007 at the Centenary races. Irishman Martin Finnegan, who would later die in the 2008 Tandragee 100, finished the Superstock race in fourth aboard the F4 R312 superbike.

The ValMoto squad’s road course campaigns will share development with the ParkinGO World Supersport MV Agusta team – featuring riders Roberto Rolfo and Christian Iddon.

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