Phil Read

Phil Read

Born in Luton, England in 1939, this smiling and elegant rider who was a lover of luxury (he went to the tracks with his white Rolls) practically closed the glorious MV world championship cycle. MV signed him in 1972, after he had already won five world titles with Yamaha, not only because of his class and experience, but also owing to his disposition. He was combative and meticulous, and impatient ...

Gianfranco Bonera

Gianfranco Bonera

Born in 1945 in the province of Udine, although he received his motorcycle training in the Monza area, athletic (he made his sports debut as a cyclist), exuberant and free and easy-going, Bonera often fell short of important goals not owing to his lack of talent as a rider, but because of his impetuous nature. MV signed him in 1974 because it felt the need to grow a new talent ...

Leslie Graham

Leslie Graham

A former RAF pilot and an excellent engineer, Graham arrived at MV in 1951 at the age of 39 with the job of developing the Four-Cylinder 500, a powerful though hard to ride machine owing to the audacious engineering solutions adopted. Winner of the first World Championship in 1949 with the AJS 500, he developed Cascina Costa's motorcycle and in 1952 the first satisfactions arrived, crowned by its second ...

Mike Hailwood

Mike Hailwood

One of the most loved riders of all times, Hailwood was the initiator of the "frog" style, with knees pointing outwards. He raced and won in all the classes, including 125, which certainly was not suited to his height. He rode difficult motorcycles such as the MZ 250 and the first Honda 500 to victory. He reached the finish lines despite some frightening falls. He won a TT race even ...

Carlo Bandirola

Carlo Bandirola

Born in 1914 in Voghera, Italy, where he passed away in 1981, Bandirola won the Italian Championship title in 1958 with the MV Four-Cylinder. He clinched the victory following a 20-year career that started in 1937 with Gilera and that continued at MV for eight years, during which time he became the crowds' favourite owing to his impulsive nature and impetuous style.

His squeezing the motorcycle up to the last ...

Giacomo Agostini

Giacomo Agostini

Giacomo Agostini and MV Agusta made the legend of motorcycling. Their association started in 1965 when Count Domenico Agusta realised that the youngster from Bergamo would effectively support the unforgettable Mike Hailwood. In actual fact, Agostini never played that role. Instead, he immediately established himself in the eyes of sporting fans as motorcycling's rising star.
His first solo performance in the 500 class hit home in 1965 when he ...

Carlo Ubbiali

Carlo Ubbiali

With his nine world championship trophies, he is one of the most titled riders of all times. Born in Bergamo, Italy in 1929, he spent three years at Mondial where he won the World Cchampionship in 1951 before joining MV in 1953. He stayed with MV until 1960, when he retired from racing after winning five 125 class World Championships and three World Championships in the 250 class, in addition ...

John Surtees

John Surtees

When MV approached him at the end of the 1955 season, young 21-year-old Surtees, who was born into a well-to-do family of motorcycle enthusiasts in Catford, had already won 77 races, mainly with Norton 350's and 500's. He was capable of bringing Cascina Costa its first 500 title during his first season with the Italian brand. Inventor of a new style that was challenged and that is at ...

Gary Hocking

Gary Hocking

One of the bravest riders in motorcycling history, he drew attention to himself in 1958 with Norton, above all on difficult courses and in extreme conditions. After leaving his home in Rhodesia, MZ signed him on in 1958 to ride its difficult and indomitable 250’s.

The first podiums were not to be long awaited. He switched over to MV in 1960, and there he had the difficult job of ...

Cecil Sandford

Cecil Sandford

Born in Blockley in 1928, MV Agusta signed him on in 1952 to try - together with Graham, Sala and Copeta - to shatter the World Championship front.

The undertaking was a roaring success due to his finishes (3 wins and 2 second places), which won the first of a long series of World Championship titles for MV. He stayed at MV Agusta the next two seasons, where he again took second ...

Angelo Bergamonti

Angelo Bergamonti

Born in the province of Cremona in 1939, he realized his dream of being signed on by MV in the late ‘70’s, following a shining career that brought him two Italian Championship titles with Morini (250 and 500) in 1967 and one with the Paton 125 in 1970.

He came in behind team-mate Agostini in both the 350 and 500 in his first race with MV, the "Gran Premio ...