Malaguti plans to race two 125cc motorcycles
January 20, 2003
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Malaguti plans to go motorcycle racing in the 2003 Moto GP World Championship with a duo of new 125cc machines.
The Italian manufacturer best known for its scooters developed the Malaguti 125 Moto GP in co-operation with Engines Engineering, a leading European competition engine designer. The bike’s powerplant has a reed valve intake, a new electronic system developed with Ducati Energia, and an exclusive front fork by team co-sponsor Paioli.
The Malaguti Moto GP 125 is scheduled as a three-year project, to be reviewed again prior to the 2006 season. The bikes will be run by Team Semprucci, which has won past World Champion titles in the 125cc class. Italian Champion Fabrizio Lai and a yet-to-be-announced rider will pilot the machines.
Joel Martin, president of Miami-based Malaguti USA, says the 125cc race bike will be the basis for a 50cc repli-racer called the RTX – which, he said, should be available to U.S. consumers “sometime in 2003.”
Malaguti SpA entered the U.S. in January of 2001 through its exclusive North American distributor, Malaguti USA. The family owned and operated company has four manufacturing facilities in Italy’s Bologna region, and produces two-wheelers ranging from 49cc to 400cc.