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MV Agusta honors legend Agostini



Apr 30, 2008

MV AGUSTA HONORS RACE LEGEND GIACOMO AGOSTINI, WELCOMES NEW BIKE MODELS TO NORTH AMERICA, AND REAFFIRMS JEANRICHARD PARTNERSHIP AT 2008 LEGEND OF THE MOTORCYCLE

Proudly partnering with the Legend of the Motorcycle Concours D'Elegance, MV Agusta is pleased to be the honored marque of this year's event. To celebrate, MV Agusta is planning a series of events capturing the unrivaled spirit of their commitment to motorcycle excellence. Visitors of the breathtaking event can expect an inside look at the company's colorful past with immaculately restored MV bikes from every era as well as a look into the future of MV with an advanced peek at upcoming models such as the brand new 2008 F4 RR 312 1078 and Brutale 1078 RR. To compliment the new bike highlights, MV Agusta will also organize a very special MV 75 watch display from renowned watchmaker JeanRichard. This exclusive look at MV Agusta will all be helmed by one of its greatest legends, Giacomo Agostini, on hand to receive a very special Legend of the Motorcycle concours honor.

"We could not be more excited at the prospect of celebrating MV Agusta's place in motorcycle history at this magnificent event. As one of the featured motorcycle marques to be honored this year at the Legend of the Motorcycle Concours D'Elegance, MV Agusta is pleased Ago will be receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award," comments MV Agusta Brand Manager Matthew Stutzman. "MV Agusta is proud of Ago's contributions to the world of racing as well as our own, which account for more than six decades of truly wonderful motorcycles. This continues to be evidenced today by amazing new MV bikes setting the standards for performance and design as well our alliance with fine partners who share our values, such as JeanRichard watches."

Widely adored by Grand Prix fans for his tremendous talent, AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Rider Giacomo Agostini, or 'Ago,' as he is famously nicknamed, will be honored this year by the Legend of the Motorcycle with a very special Lifetime Achievement Award. This accolade will be bestowed to him in recognition for his vast success in racing and his myriad of contributions to the motorcycle industry. Arguably the most successful motorcycle racer of all-time, Ago is responsible for an unprecedented fifteen motorcycle Grand Prix Championships, most riding for MV Agusta Founder, Count Domenico Agusta. Ago will be one of the many motorcycle legends walking the concours field at this discriminating event and later attending the VIP Dinner with Legends that evening where he will be honored.

In addition to Ago's attendance, MV Agusta is also planning several other special showcases for guests to experience the company's proud tradition of making alluring, sensually styled "motorcycle art" of all kinds. The Italian motorcycle maker will be unveiling the new 2008 Brutale and F4 platforms for guests to view for the first time in North America. The two respective bikes, the F4 RR 312 1078 and the Brutale 1078 RR, are the latest incarnations in a venerable line of cutting-edge MV Agusta motorcycles. The new 2008 F4 and Brutale pair up to make for two of the most powerful, highest performing motorcycles the world has ever seen.

Gifted with unbelievable power and performance, the sleek new F4 RR 312 1078 once again echoes the unbelievable prowess of MV Agusta's heralded F4 line. To compliment this acclaimed superbike's presence, the new Brutale 1078 RR will also be on hand. Known as the most commanding of all street bikes, the 1078RR is the most powerful Brutale to date, with a heart- pumping horsepower upgrade and a sleek yet savage look perfect for aggressive riding. Also on hand from MV Agusta will be the current flagship in Italian motorcycle performance and design, the handmade $120,000 F4CC superbike, championed by MV Agusta's own Claudio Castiglioni. With only 99 examples produced and conceived as a bike without equal, the F4CC combines top of the line performance with the very best in design.

To compliment the new Brutale and fine modern day bikes such as the F4CC, MV Agusta will also be joining JeanRichard watches in showcasing their stunning new MV 75 World Champion Collection. Made to echo the color and beauty of MV Agusta motorcycles, the lavish limited- edition collection from the highly respected watch manufacturer is made to commemorate MV Agusta’s 75 international competition victories. The spectacular series is composed of three distinctly different MV chronographs available in rose gold (75 pieces), titanium (175 pieces), and steel (575 pieces). Equipped with the in-house JeanRichard JR1000 movement, each watch is crafted with the same passion for precision MV shares in bike design. The watchmaker will be showcasing these stunning new MV Agusta-inspired watches at the concours alongside a special JeanRichard edition Brutale 1078 RR, a bike hinting at future JeanRichard MV Agusta-inspired timepieces to come.

With special guests from MV Agusta, such as Cagiva USA Vice President Eraldo Ferracci on hand to greet guests, enthusiasts of all kinds will be privy to the very best from the Italian bike maker. The 3rd annual Legend of the Motorcycle Concours event will be held at the Ritz-Carlton in Half Moon Bay, California Saturday, May 5th. The event will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Guests can also expect to see other great motorcycles from past and present famed motorcycle marques. Hundreds of motorcycles at the concours will be divided into four distinct classes ranging from the first motorcycles ever made in 1898 up to 1975. For more information about the Legend of Motorcycle Concours D'Elegance, please visit www.legendofthemotorcycle.com or email info@legendofthemotorcycle.com. Tickets for the event may be purchased online.

Founded in Italy in 1945, MV Agusta has created some of the most exquisite, sought-after motorcycles in the world, renowned for their attention to detail, superior craftsmanship, and provocative design. MV Agusta boasts an unprecedented 75 World Championships, securing its place in the annals of motorsport greatness.

Located in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania (USA), Cagiva USA, Inc. is the exclusive North American importer of MV Agusta motorcycles. MV Agusta Motor S.p.A. is the manufacturer of MV Agusta motorcycles and is headquartered in Varese, Italy.

Additional information: www.mvagustausa.com