MV’s new racer has family values
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.
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