MV Agusta to return to IOM TT

Big man returns with a big name in the saddle too

MV AGUSTA will return to compete in the Isle of Man TT with Jack Valentine as team owner and manager.

The Italian marque will return to the grid under the resurrected ValMoto banner - Valentine's own team, which previously oversaw Triumph's strong return to Supersport racing. Valentine was also behind the infamous V&M Yamaha R1, ridden by David Jeffries.

Former TT winner Gary Johnson will ride the F3 675, which will also compete in the North West 200 and Ulster GP. 

Valentine said: 'This is a project that I’m extremely passionate about and I am only embarking on it because I’m confident that victory is within our reach. Having spent the last few years working for manufacturer teams in BSB and WSBK, it feels good to be bringing ValMoto out of retirement and returning to the roads seems a fitting and high profile way to make our return.

'Gary is an extremely talented rider and the F3 675 is a great bike – I’m sure the pairing of the two will be a recipe for success and a reason for me to celebrate another successful TT.'

Newly-appointed lead rider Johnson said: 'I’m really looking forward to this year’s road racing season running the MV Agusta F3 675 under the ValMoto banner. Jack is one of the most experienced team owners in the industry with a first class reputation and a proven success record on the roads.

'I’m honoured to be part of the team and am confident that together we can achieve some positive results this year.'

Despite strong rumours, Justin Bieber won't be on the second bike.

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