The man who personally elevated the Italian motorcycle industry to its current role as world leader and the businessman who excelled with MV Agusta, Cagiva, Ducati and Husqvarna brands has left us. Claudio Castiglioni, the charismatic president of MV Agusta, died this morning Auugust 17, 2011 in Varese, Italy, after fighting a long illness. He was 64 years old.
After his experience in the family business’s specializing in metalworking and manufacturing, in 1978 Castiglioni founded the company Cagiva which continually developed new and innovative motorcycles that have influenced the direction of the Italian and world motorcycle markets through the 1980’s and 1990’s. Intuitive, tenacious, and a true visionary, these qualities drove Claudio Castiglioni to purchase the historic brands like Ducati, Husqvarna and MV Agusta. Coupled with his vision, diligence, hard work and financial investment these brands have once again become the protagonist of the two wheeled market.
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. 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.
For the past year, the President has left the guidance of MV Agusta to his son Giovanni, who has been by his side during many of the battles that have formed the story of the manufacture in Varese, Italy.