Claudio Castiglioni, president of MV Agusta Motor S.p.A. has passed in Varese, Italy after a courageous battle against an illness. He was 64 years old.
Castiglioni elevated the Italian motorcycle industry to its current role, and as a businessman he excelled with MV Agusta, Cagiva, Ducati and Husqvarna brands.
After his experience in the family businesses 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 ’80s and ’90s.
A true visionary, Castiglioni purchased historic brands like Ducati, Husqvarna and MV Agusta. Coupled with his vision, diligence, hard work and financial investment, these brands have once again gained success in the two-wheeled market.
Claudio Castiglioni has given us some of the most important motorcycles ever built, personifying performance, elegance and style: Cagiva Elefant and Mito, Ducati 916 and Monster as well as the MV Agusta F4 and Brutale. Finally, Castiglioni crafted the latest jewels in every detail, a testament to his insatiable passion for motorcycles: the MV Agusta F3 and Brutale 675.
For the past year, Castiglioni 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. Giovanni, with the same passion and tenacity as his father, will continue to create what Claudio Castiglioni described as “the most beautiful motorcycles in the world”.
The funeral took place Friday, August 19 at 2 p.m. in the Church of the Brunella in Varese, Italy.