Can MV Agusta participate in MotoGP? KTM’s alleged buying interest could be decisive
Since the year 2008, MV Agusta has not had an easy road to travel. Since then, the Italian company has been in the hands of Harley-Davidson, which later sold its position, as well as Mercedes-AMG. Yet, since 2018, Timur Sardarov – the current CEO of MV Agusta – has been commanding the brand’s destinies and seeking to bring it back to where it once was.
As part of this journey, MV Agusta and KTM AG, a subsidiary of Pierer Mobility, recently signed a commercial agreement that provides for the distribution (and associated customer support) of Italian motorcycles in the United States, Canada and Mexico, allowing the Italian brand to develop in these three countries with the support of KTM. Although it’s a “simple” deal, misterhelmet.com even claims that the Austrian manufacturer is interested in controlling MV Agusta and acquiring the majority of the business by next year, then in have full control by 2024.
Rumors indicate that KTM’s idea is to keep the production of the machines in Italy while the management of the company is transferred to Austria. The Italian site also claims that the presence of MV Agusta in MotoGP would be credible for the brand and that it would interest the Dorna. Take the case of GASGAS which will arrive in MotoGP next year (after their presence in Moto2 and Moto3) and Husqvarna which will move to Moto2 in 2023.
If this happens, and it is important to remember that nothing is official and based on rumours, the arrival of MV Agusta in MotoGP would be excellent and beneficial for all. If indeed KTM in the future buys and controls the fate of the Varese house, an entry into the MotoGP World Championship would not be unreasonable, given what the Austrians have done with GASGAS and Husqvarna. In the meantime, and if this happens, it will be possible to see and follow the brand and the logo of the historic brand MV Agusta in the Supersport World Championship and the Moto2 World Championship.