Guzzi Victories at Daytona
By L.Marvin : Editor.........Photo By Moto Guzzi
Jun 16, 2006, 12:45 PST


Gianfranco Guareschi and the Moto Guzzi MGS-01 Corsa have clocked up two brilliant wins! The news comes from the Bike Week held at the International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Florida, one of the most spectacular and legendary motor races in the USA, and a key event in the AHRMA Modern Roadrace Classes championship calendar. We did not get wind of this great news until recent.

Now the really big question is........will this push the MGS on to the production line for 2007??  We can only hope. Go back and look at our article on the MGS and you will see that it is not an expensive bike to produce. It has a air cooled engine and is not wrapped in money wasting bodywork.  Of course that is what makes the bike such a stunning styling statement.  So if you want to help push this issue, then write or e-mail  Moto Guzzi's marketing people in New York. 

Letting them know your ready to buy!  I'm serious it's the only way companies take the american market serious. So Do it !! 

This is the most exciting motorcycle to come from Mandello since the 850 LeMans in 1976.  Guzzi has been making real strides in creating new products for all other segments expect the Superbike riders. This thing is real winner, in more ways than one. Once again what you race on sunday......sells on Monday.


The Formula 1 class of the BOT (Battle of Twins) race is for motorcycles with no limitations as to engine displacement or modifications. Gianfranco Guareschi’s standard Moto Guzzi MGS-01 Corsa came home in first place in the two races, held on the 6th and 7th of March 2006. On the first day, Guareschi’s Guzzi finished ahead of a Ducati 999S and a H-D 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 numerous Italian riders and bikes battling for victory. The MGS-01 Corsa triumphed thanks to a chassis that enables it to make full use of the Guzzi V twin, which once again proved how versatile and reliable it is in competition, and, of course, thanks to the determination of Gianfranco 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 determined big name riders.


Daniele Bandiera, CEO of Moto Guzzi, was delighted about Guareschi’s performance. "I’m absolutely thrilled to hear of 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 a very important occasion for Moto Guzzi, namely our 85th anniversary. This victory is particularly significant for us, coming as it does 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 simply 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 90° V twin engine of 1225 cc that packs a massive punch at all engine speeds.

Ohlins suspensions, Cosworth pistons and a Brembo braking system complete 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 past.





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