1972 MV Agusta 500/4 racer prototype

With Phil Aynsley


So you think the appearance of wings and other aerodynamic aids on MotoGP bikes over the past few years is a recent phenomenon?

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1972 MV Agusta 500/4 racer prototype

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Cue this prototype MV Agusta 500/4 that was tested by Phil Read at Assen in 1972.

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Phil Read tested this 1972 MV Agusta 500/4 racer prototype

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Apart from the front wings (remarkably similar-looking to Ducati’s first efforts in the current era of MotoGP), the motor ran backwards compared to all previous MV race motors, which is another engineering principle also widely followed in MotoGP today.  This design was referred to Studio (Study) 84.

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1972 MV Agusta 500/4 racer prototype

MV Agustga Phil Read PA MVP
1972 MV Agusta 500/4 racer prototype

MV Agustga Phil Read PA MVP
1972 MV Agusta 500/4 racer prototype

MV Agustga Phil Read PA MVP
1972 MV Agusta 500/4 racer prototype

MV Agustga Phil Read PA MVP

MV Agustga Phil Read PA MVP

MV Agustga Phil Read PA MVP

MV Agustga Phil Read PA MVP

 

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