Moto Guzzi is back to its winning ways with two brilliant victories at Daytona! Gianfranco Guareschi rode the stunning Moto Guzzi MGS-01 to two race wins during the annual Bike Week held at the International Speedway, Daytona Beach, in Florida, one of the most spectacular and legendary motor races in the US, and a crucial event in the AHRMA Modern Road Race Classes championship calendar.
The victories come just a few days before the legendary Italian marque's 85th anniversary.
The Formula 1 class of the BOT (Battle of Twins) race is for motorcycles with no limitations on engine displacement or modifications. Yet that still wasn't enough to stop Guareschi's completely standard Moto Guzzi MGS-01 Corsa from taking first place in both races, held on 6th and 7th March 2006.
On the first day, Guareschi's Guzzi finished ahead of a Ducati 999S and a Harley Davidson Sundance, while on the second it crossed the line in front of Ducatis, Hondas and the ambitious Buell XBRR.
Both races were hard fought, with many top riders and bikes battling for victory. The MGS-01 Corsa triumphed thanks to a chassis that lets it make full use of the powerful Guzzi V-twin engine, which once again proved how versatile and reliable it is in competition. And, of course, thanks to the determination of Guareschi, who demonstrated his ability to maximise the Corsa's racing characteristics by winning both races.
Guareschi also wanted to show what the MGS-01 Corsa can do in the "Sound of Thunder" class, which also admits superbikes. Guareschi finished second in this class, ahead of many big names in racing.
Daniele Bandiera, CEO of Moto Guzzi, was delighted with Guareschi's performance. "I'm absolutely thrilled with Gianfranco Guareschi's win at Daytona. Guareschi has the guts and spirit of a real Guzzista. His win at Daytona comes just a few days before our 85th anniversary. This victory is particularly significant for us, coming at a time when Guzzi is presenting a magnificent range of new bikes on the world's markets. We were determined to keep a dedicated track racer like the MGS-01 in our range. Thanks to Guareschi, this bike has now won one of the world's great races, in front of the American motorcycling public at Daytona. The Battle of Twins is a fantastic race, with the same sort of sporting heritage as Moto Guzzi".
Gianfranco Guareschi spoke to us after his historic double. "It's always great to win, but to ride a Moto Guzzi to victory is amazing! You can see how the public admire the bike and love everything about Moto Guzzi. This was my first visit to Daytona, but I came here with the intention of winning the International Speedway. I was hoping I'd be facing some easier competition, but when I got out there I found myself up against some of the best bikes and riders in the world, like the official Buells and Ducati Superbikes. Nevertheless I managed to keep my concentration and motivation, and the MGS-01 is a fantastic racing machine to ride. I'd like to thank Moto Guzzi for the way they've supported me in the run-up to Daytona, and especially for having designed such an amazing racing motorcycle as the MGS-01".
The MGS-01 Corsa is designed for racetrack use only and is built by
Moto Guzzi to the highest standards of craftsmanship to satisfy the demands of real sports bike enthusiasts. It is powered by an air-cooled, four-valve, four-stroke, 1,225cc 90° V-twin engine that packs a massive punch at all engine speeds.
The MGS-01's front and rear Ohlins suspension, Cosworth pistons and Brembo braking system completes the top level equipment of a bike that this double victory at Daytona has admitted to the motorcycle hall of fame, already populated by innumerable world-beating Guzzis from the past.
Each MGS-01 Corsa is delivered with a log-book recording the rider's details and the bike's frame number, along with a bike cover and paddock stand embossed with the MGS-01 Corsa logo. Even the packaging is personalised!
Of the MGS-01 Corsas allocated to the UK, there is only one left at Twiggers in Loughborough and is selling for £15,999 - so be quick if you want to own a piece of history in the guise of a state of the art, stunning Moto Guzzi!
Brief Racing History
Moto Guzzi started racing in 1921 in the Raid Nord-Sud, which it went on to regularly compete in and win. In 1924, Moto Guzzi took part in the first European Motorcycle Championships, with Guido Mentaski winning the title on a 4-valve Guzzi. This pretty much set the scene for the next four decades, when Moto Guzzi stormed the racetracks and GP championships with state of the art, technologically advanced motorcycles that culminated in the ultimate multi-cylinder motorcycle: the 500cc V8 Cylinder, first seen in 1955.
In the 50s, Moto Guzzi also built the first ever wind tunnel in its Mandello del Lario factory, enabling the Italian marque to create the first truly modern fairings.
In 1935, Stanley Woods gave Moto Guzzi its famous double victory at the Tourist Trophy, riding the 250cc single and 500cc Moto Guzzi twins. Woods also put in the first ever TT course lap over 85mph. Moto Guzzi became the first non-English manufacturer to win at the TT.