MV’s new racer has fam­ily val­ues

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MV Agusta’s new Moto2 racer moves away from the alu­minium beam frame Kalex chas­sis that has dom­i­nated the race se­ries and in­stead bor­rows heav­ily from MV’s cur­rent road bikes when it comes to frame tech.

The 2019 racer, re­vealed last week, uses the same type of hy­brid chas­sis first seen on the F4 in 1998, with alu­minium swingarm plates join­ing a steel tubu­lar chas­sis. It isn’t sur­pris­ing as it is de­vel­oped in-house by MV en­gi­neers Paulo Bianchi and Brian Gillen.

There are a num­ber of ad­van­tages of a tubu­lar steel set-up. Man­u­fac­tur­ing costs are lower than an ally beam frame and new frames with ge­om­e­try and stiff­ness changes can be pro­duced rapidly. Their open na­ture means that heat can be ex­pelled more ef­fi­ciently than a solid beam, too.

“It’s the per­fect op­por­tu­nity to ex­press our tech­ni­cal know-how,” says Gillen. The Moto2 project is am­bi­tious and we are in­volv­ing our R&D re­sources to de­velop a new bike which dif­fers from all the oth­ers and re­flects our val­ues.” KTM are the only other bike on the grid with a steel frame.

KNOW THIS Steel trel­lis can be made in-house by the road bike man­u­fac­tur­ing team

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