Factory MV Agusta returns to TT with Hutchy

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Iconic Italian manufacturer MV Agusta will return to the Isle of Man TT in 2015 with five-in-a-week TT winner Ian Hutchinson. Hutchionson will ride under the banner of British Supersport team Hampshire Motorcycles, with sponsorship from Chinese beer brand Tsingtao.

The Bingley Bullet will be looking to harnass the past glories of the iconic manufacturer as he campaigns on their F3 machine in the Supersport TT races. MV won 34 races and took 61 podium finishes around the Mountain Course from 1952 to 1972, with the last coming at the hands of legend Giacomo Agostini in the Senior TT.

Speaking after the news was announced, MV AGusta boss Giovanni Castiglioni commented: “MV Agustas are indelibly associated with the Isle of Man TT Races and we are looking forward to adding the next chapter in our long and successful history of racing on the Isle of Man.  Ian Hutchinson is a legend around the Mountain Course and it is fitting that he is following in some of the great names that have raced MVs at the TT.”

Team boss Dave Tyson added: “I’m really pleased with the signing of Hutchy for this year’s IOM TT as well as the North-West 200.  It gives us a great opportunity to challenge at the front and, as we all know, he is a TT winner.

“MV Agusta has a winning tradition at the TT and we are going to do everything we can to do that. I know that Giovanni and all the staff at the Italian factory are supporting us and it means we can have a real shot at it.

“The 2015 F3 is better than ever and results in WSS have proven the bikes competitive so we now need to make that happen on the 36 ¾ mile circuit. It is the third time we have been at the TT, in 2013 the team was the first to bring a Chinese bike and this year we hope to bring a trophy back to Hampshire MV Agusta.”

Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer