After a 37-year hiatus, legendary Italian motorcycle marque MV Agusta returned to the podium over the weekend in World Supersport competition from England’s Donington Park. Italian rider Roberto Rolfo was the man to do it riding a ParkinGo sponsored MV Agusta F3 to third-place after starting the race from 16th position on the grid.
This is no small feat for the boutique brand who just recently engineered an all-new middleweight sportbike that features a compact 675cc Inline-Three engine. Although it has impressed us in its production road-going version, this is the first real success it has had on the racing circuit.
“I am delighted and thrilled with this first podium result for the F3 675,” said MV’s CEO, Giovanni Castiglioni, son of the late Claudio Castiglioni who passed away two years ago. “It has been a great challenge to bring this important brand back on the race track. The amazing thing is that this podium was conquered on the same day as the Claudio Castiglioni Memorial organized by the Lombardia Moto Club Cagiva yesterday at our plant in Schiranna.”
“I would like to dedicate this success to my father, the man from whom we inherited our great passion for racing,” the younger Castiglioni continued. “My gratitude goes to the Rovelli brothers and the members of the ParkinGo team for the amazing effort they are putting in to this project. There is still much work to be done and they have all our support!”
“I am truly pleased with this bike, it’s perfect, and the work done by the team, which was impeccable,” says the 33-year-old racer. “I’m really sorry I made mistakes during the qualifying on Saturday. If I had been able to start further towards the front perhaps I wouldn’t have had the chance to get to first place anyway, but I sure would have had an easier time of it during the race, perhaps even made it one step higher on the podium. I promised everyone a comeback yesterday, but even I didn’t expect this fantastic result! No doubt, its thanks in great part to perfect team work. Without them we wouldn’t have been able to get to this level in such a short amount of time.”