In the autumn of 1945 the first MV Agusta was presented to the public. It was supposed to be called the "Vespa 98", but the name had already been registered. And so it was referred to simply as the "98", available in "Touring" and "Economical" versions.
Deliveries began in 1946, the year MV Agusta officially began competing in endurance races. It didn’t have to wait long for its first victory: in the first season Vincenzo Nencioni won an endurance race in La Spezia, then again in Monza on November 3 when all the podium places were occupied by MV Agusta riders (Vincenzo Nencioni, Mario Cornalea and Mario Paleari).
The name of MV Agusta became popular in 1948 when Franco Bertoni won the 125cc in the Italian Grand Prix. By that time MV Agusta adopted the commercial slogan: "Racing experience at the service of mass production".
The manufacturer won its first world championship in 1952 with Cecil Sandford in the 125cc class. Starting a domination in all classes, MV Agusta won the 125cc, 250cc, 350cc and 500cc titles simultaneously in 1958, 1959 and 1960. The Italian manufacturer made an impressive streak conquering all 500cc class riders' championships between 1958 and 1974.
MV Agusta retired from Grand Prix racing at the end of the 1976 season, having won 270 Grand Prix motorcycle races, 38 World Riders' Championships and 37 World Constructors' Championships with legendary riders such as Giacomo Agostini, Mike Hailwood, Phil Read, Carlo Ubbiali, Gary Hocking and John Surtees.
MV Agusta announced its official entry into India in May 2016 via a partnership with Pune’s automobile major, the Kinetic Group. The company unveiled its first range of superbikes - the F4, F3 and Brutale 1090 -which will now be available at its first ‘Motoroyale’ dealership in Pune. The company will operate as MV Agusta India Pvt. Ltd.