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So this is what that Lewis Hamilton tweet was about

It's the MV Agusta F4 Lewis Hamilton edition: the F4 LH44

LAST night Lewis Hamilton left fans guessing by tweeting picture of himself walking towards a bike with the message 'Announcement coming tomorrow...'

And now the announcement is here. As anticipated, it's a not a career switch to bikes but a special Lewis Hamilton edition of the MV Agusta F4, called the LH44 - because only 44 are to be made. 

The F1 star ended the suspense with a follow-up tweet this afternoon saying: 'Proud to work with MV Agusta​ on an awesome Superbike, the F4 LH44!'

The limited-edition gets special features including an Öhlins shock and upside-down fork in black instead of the usual gold colour.

The four separate under-seat silencers of the standard F4 are replaced with a titanium four-into-one system and power is up a claimed 7hp to 212hp thanks to a new control unit. 

It gets a 'Candy Apple Red' paint scheme, Alcantara seat and carbon-fibre fairing, plus an all-black engine.

It also gets a premium price, expected to be around €50,000 (£44,000). 

Hamilton said: "I am very excited to continue my partnership with MV Agusta. I love working with Giovanni and the guys at MV Agusta, their passion for engineering and attention to detail produces stunning, original looking bikes.

"My projects with MV Agusta are a great way to combine my love of riding bikes with my interest in creative design process so I am very much involved with the CRC design team throughout.

"I am particularly excited to introduce my new bike, the F4 LH44. It looks quite stunning and I had the pleasure of riding on track a few weeks ago in Italy, it feels great and combines the best of both worlds, a race bike for the road! There will be 44 bikes produced so I hope the lucky owners will love it as much as I do."

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