For better or worse, there can be no doubt that few indivividuals have had greater impact on the world of motorcycling – Chilly
Claudio Castiglioni, the charismatic president of MV Agusta
died this morning in Varese, Italy, from an undisclosed illness. He was 64 years old.
Castiglioni founded Cagiva in 1978 and took the brand 500cc Grand Prix racing with riders such as Randy Mamola, Eddie Lawson, John Kocinski and Doug Chandler. His Cagiva brand also won World Motocross Championships. He would go on to use his knowledge of the Italian motorcycle industry to run brands like MV, Ducati and Husqvarna.
Castiglioni was the man behind such motorcycles as the Cagiva Elefant and Mito, the Ducati 916 and Monster and the MV Agusta F4 and Brutale; and more recently the MV Agusta F3 and Brutale 675.
Racing was always an important part of Castiglioni’s passion for motorcycling and his brands were successful in its racing endeavors. In addition to winning 500cc GPs with Cagiva, Ducati dominated World Superbike racing under Castiglioni’s watch and Husky also earned championships in Enduro, Motocross and Supermotard.
But Castiglioni will always be linked to MV Agusta, the brand he put 15 years into – including selling and repurchasing twice the company twice (to Proton and Harley-Davidson). A year ago, Castiglioni handed the reins of MV to his son, Giovanni, who has been running the company since.
Castiglioni’s funeral will take place on Friday in the Church of the Brunella in via Crispi, Varese.