Carl Fogarty is, it seems, finally done with Petronas and their ill-fated racing project. For the 2008 World Superbikes season, Fogarty will run a factory-supported team with MV Agusta. Carl Fogarty, who won four World Superbikes titles in the 1990s, says, ‘This is a very exciting opportunity. Claudio shares my desire for success and it will be great to work with him again. My team is now committed to finding sponsorship for the next year in order to start preparations for the 2008 season as soon as possible.’
Fogarty and Castiglioni have worked together earlier, when Fogarty won World Superbikes titles in 1994 and 1995 with Ducati, which was owned by Castiglioni at that time. (Foggy, of course, also won another two World Superbikes titles with Ducati – in 1998 and 1999.)
Castiglioni, who’s now President at MV Agusta, says ‘We see this as a long-term relationship. When MV Agusta returns to World Championship competition, it must be with the ability to be competitive from the very first race, and to challenge for victory throughout the season. Everyone was impressed by the professionalism and dedication of Fogarty’s team during their five years with Petronas and we are confident they can deliver the results we expect.’
Foggy’s team will be racing the 2008 MV Agusta F4 R 312, which is currently the world’s fastest production bike. Foggy will also ride this bike during a Parade of Champions on the 8th of June this year, as part of the 100th anniversary celebrations of the Isle of Man TT.
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