World Supersport 2018: MV Agusta hires Badovini and De Rosa
After a disappointing 2017 World Supersport campaign, the official MV Agusta Reparto Corse team is embarking on an Italian renaissance. In 2018, the Varese firm will rely on the Vamag team and will field two compatriots: Badovini and De Rosa. Forza Italia !
MV Agusta’s best season in World Supersport dates back to 2015: the official until his unfortunate fall at the end of the season and his teammate Lorenzo Zanetti had climbed six podiums. In the end, the small Italian brand finished third in the constructor standings, just 19 points behind the champion Kawasaki..
In 2017, the replacement of our dear "Julo", failed to hoist the F3 beyond third place in the race (Aragon, Imola and Magny-Cours). The only factory rider MV Agusta finished a distant sixth place in the world championship and next year "PJ" will step into Superbike on a – third! – Honda.
To relaunch itself, the Varese firm has decided to completely remodel its team: it will first of all rely on the Vamag structure, this Italian team (also!) Which had won a memorable victory at Phillip Island at the very beginning of the year..
Their pilot, the experienced Roberto Rolfo, had preceded the rookie – but future world champion! – Lucas Mahias a thousandth of a second on the finish line. The rest of the season was less brilliant, with the No.44 even replaced mid-season by Lorenzo Zanetti…
The Italians qualified for the World Cup … Supersport 😉
By joining forces, the MV Agusta racing department and the Vamag team intend to gain consistency … and speed, thanks to two Italian recruits (always!) Who both dominated the European Superstock 1000 cup but did not still managed to win the world title.
Winner of the STK1000 in 2010 on an S1000RR, Ayrton Badovini is a very experienced 31-year-old rider: he competed for six complete seasons in the Superbike category on three different machines (Kawasaki, BMW and Ducati), not to mention his year 2014 spent on !
The native of Biella, in Piedmont, also rode in World Supersport in 2016, on a Honda prepared by the Lorini team. Ayrton replaced from the fourth round and until the last the unlucky Australian Glenn Scott, victim of a nasty leg injury.
As a reminder, Badovini had managed to place himself at the top of the podium at Sepang in Malaysia, then on the third step at Magny-Cours in France, the transalpine collecting in all 86 points (his lucky number) synonymous with a sixth place. in general.
The second rookie of MV Agusta for 2018, Rafaelle de Rosa, started his international career in Grand Prix: 125, 250 (6th in 2009!) Then Moto2 … The Neapolitan branched off in 2012 to Supersport, where he did not. did not do as hard as his future teammate Badovini (10th in the WSSP 2014).
Third in the STK1000 in 2015 on Ducati, the rider born in 1987 had the consecration in 2016 on BMW, as "Bado". Ridden last year in World Superbike, Rafaelle is counting on the small F3 and her teams to come back under the spotlight … Supersport Championship to follow on MNC: stay tuned !
Ayrton Badovini, MV Agusta n ° 86 :
"I feel reborn, the realization of this opportunity is a source of motivation for the coming season. The involvement of an official structure, with staff and first-rate technical conditions, awakens my enthusiasm and my competitive spirit. , something I haven’t felt in a while. I feel like I’m coming back to 2010 when I won the STK1000 title. We’re going to work really hard, especially during the winter testing, and we will try to be at the forefront from the opening round in Australia. Thanks to the whole MV Agusta family, to Andrea Quadranti and to Gianfranco Crosta for their trust ".
Raffaele De Rosa, MV Agusta n ° 35 :
“I am honored to represent MV Agusta’s official colors in WorldSSP. While I would have liked to have continued for one more year in WorldSBK, when I was contacted by the team, I did not hesitate for a second. The F3 has always been one of the best bikes in the category and the team is working on some breakthroughs that we will evaluate as soon as possible. For my part, I am more than motivated and I can’t wait to test the machine. Thank you. to Andrea Quadranti, Giovanni Castiglioni and Gianfranco Crosta for this wonderful opportunity ".
Gianfranco Crosta, Head of Vamag:
"I would like to thank MV Agusta and, in particular, Reparto Corse for their trust. This collaboration will allow us to work in harmony with those who have already worked on this project for some time with the firm intention of being among the protagonists of the next season ".
Andrea Quadranti, Team Manager of MV Agusta Reparto Corse:
"We are delighted with this association with the Vamag team. At their side, we have the ambition to make the F3 even more competitive and to allow the drivers to fight at the forefront".
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