Taken to the cleaners
First off, you'll never see such blatantly negative review from any US publication. They rely so much on advertising, that all their reviews are always positive, except for a mild, short paragraph negative comment thrown in just so they don't look too much like a sell out.
Having said that, I am not sure the review above is consistent with professional journalism protocol.
Hodgson says: "There's nothing I like about this bike, it’s the worst bike I’ve ever ridden. It’s horrible."
Really, of all the years you've been riding bikes, this one MV happened to be the absolute worst? I hardly doubt that. This is called brand bashing. It's a bit too harsh for a professional bloke like you.
"Not only was it the slowest 1000 here, it’s actually slower than its F3 younger brother, the ZX-6R 636 and Triumph Daytona 675R we tested here at the same time. And then it broke down –"
To be frank, I have come to appreciate MCN as the only moto rag that tells it like it is, almost. But boy this is terrible for MV. Their 1000cc top superbike, can't beat a supersport?
MV is the smallest of all the brands now, because they don't have a rich parent to take care of them. Even Aprilia has Piaggio. So, one would assume that they would be more limited in their R&D funding and hence the bikes ultimately not being up to the standard of others as far as latest tech is concerned. This is where the boutique brand is falling behind.