"MV AGUSTA is planning a shock return to MotoGP! Claudio Castiglioni, boss of the legendary Italian marque, was at Sunday’s Malaysian GP in Sepang and outlined ambitious plans to return MV to its former racing glories. The famous MV brand hasn’t been since in the premier class world championship racing since 1976 after winning 139 races and 16 world titles. Castiglioni confirmed that the initial plans for MV would see them enter World Superbikes in 2007 before exploring a route back into MotoGP. Castiglioni was on a business trip with MV’s Malaysian backers Proton and cancelled his return trip on Thursday to visit Sepang. He said: “Next year we have a very busy programme because it is our aim to enter World Superbikes in 2007. For 2006 then maybe we can take part in some WSB races as a wildcard but this is not our priority. Our priority is to make sure we have a competitive bike because our brand has a long racing history and we don’t want to spoil the name. We will race in WSB and then try MotoGP.” Castiglioni confirmed that Italian racing legend and multiple premier class champion Giacomo Agostini – a man synonymous with the MV brand – would be involved in the World Superbike squad. Castiglioni said MV was keen to re-establish itself in the racing arena on the back of its recent rejuvenated road bike sales. Last year, MV sold 19,780 bikes around the globe, and Castiglioni confirmed that number would rise to 27,000 by the end of 2005."