Mivv, winning DNA
For a company leader in the production of exhaust systems, it is paramount to possess racing genes which store in themselves the experiences made in all the racing circuits of the world. This is the only way in order to be able to guarantee top performance levels also for products intended for road users.
For over 40 years, here at Mivv we have been writing the soundtrack of the most successful motorbikes. And from the start of this venture, one of the cornerstones of our philosophy has always been our involvement with the racing world.
For a company wanting to reach excellence levels in a field like ours, a commitment in the racing world is a must. It is a fact that only by testing and developing products in the most demanding conditions that it is possible to acquire the skills and experience necessary for coming up with products that can offer the best for every day’s driving conditions.
The results were not long to reward this vision. The most prestigious was undoubtedly the MotoGP title won in 2006 with Hayden. But what we are most proud of is the appreciation and approval of thousands of motorcyclists, who every year choose Mivv exhausts to improve the performance of their motorbikes.
Mivv in MotoGP
The jewel in the crown of our presence in the highest motorcycling category was certainly the collaboration with the Repsol Honda Team, with whom we were in partnership from 2006 to 2010. During these years, in terms of racer standings the team won the championship with Nicky Hayden, as well as obtaining two second and two third places thanks to the outstanding Dani Pedrosa. The period of our collaboration also saw the rotation between Hayden and Dovizioso, and the replacement, between 2006 and 2007, of the old RC211V with the new RC212V.
REPSOL HONDA TEAM – 2006 SEASON
An excellent start: the title of the 2006 Championship is conquered by Nicky Hayden. His team mate is Dani Pedrosa, already class 250 world champion.
Nicky is at the top of the championship leader board for most of the season. The stop arrives during the Portugal GP, following an accident that involves both him and his team mate: Rossi takes back the first position in the Championship. All revolves around the last race, with the spectacular fall of Rossi during the 5th lap. The third place obtained by Hayden makes him World Champion. Pedrosa completes the championship in 5th place, with 2 race victories and 5 podium positions. During Eicma 2006, the American racer receives a standing ovation at the Mivv stand, where the occasion is marked with a podium and an interview session open to the public.
During the first year of collaboration, Mivv supports the needs of the team as much as possible. The winning of the World Championship is the payback for the efforts during the racing season. The GP exhaust is developed for the road after-market, feeding from the experience acquired in the racing world.
REPSOL HONDA TEAM – 2007 SEASON
The same two racers are also confirmed for the 2007 season. From this year, the team starts using the new 800cc RC212V Honda to ensure compliance with the FIM rules, which lowered the cylinder capacity from 990 to 800 cc. At the beginning, the bike fails to have the hoped success, but luckily, thanks to the developments, performance levels improve through the competition.
Pedrosa obtains two victories and 6 more podium positions, ending the season in 2nd place behind Casey Stoner. With his 4 third places Hayden finishes 8th in the racer standings. Honda and the Repsol team reach 2nd places in the Manufacturer and Team standings.
Mivv works closely with the Repsol Honda Team, in line with the previous year. The Suono exhaust is developed for the road after-market, following intense and innovative design activities.
REPSOL HONDA TEAM – 2008 SEASON
For the third consecutive year, on the saddle of the official Honda bikes are Pedrosa and Hayden. There are some staff changes: the two heads of the mechanical team are Mike Leitner and Pete Benson, while Kazuhiko Yamano becomes the team manager. Of notice, Pedrosa’s tyre change during the season; the switch to Bridgestone brings to the erection of a wall between Dani and Nicky, to avoid spying tyre details. A similar solution had already been implemented at the start of the season between Rossi and his team mate/rival Lorenzo.
The Repsol Honda Team completes the championship with 3rd places both in the racer standings (with Dani Pedrosa winning 2 races and 9 other podium positions) and in the Manufacturer standings. In the Team standings, the team obtains 2nd place. Not an outstanding performance from Nicky Hayden, who only reaches the podium twice, with a 2nd and a 3rd place.
Mivv shows total commitment also during this season, always ready to meet the needs of the team.
REPSOL HONDA TEAM – 2009 SEASON
This is the Championship that marks the replacement of the American Hayden with the Italian Andrea Dovizioso, while Pedrosa keeps his place in the Team. This edition of the MotoGP should have included 18 races, with the addition of the Hungarian GP, postponed for two consecutive years and then replaced by the Aragon GP.
The final results also give recognition to the HRC/Repsol Honda Team, with proud 2nd places in the Manufacturer and Team standings, while the two racers have to do with a 3rd place for Pedrosa, who achieve 2 victories and another 9 podium positions. Dovizioso ends the season with one victory and some good placings, obtaining 6th place in the general standings.
The collaboration between Mivv and the Repsol Honda Team is as intense as in the previous seasons.
REPSOL HONDA TEAM – 2010 SEASON
There are no changes in the team for the 2010 season. Of notice during this season is the debut of the Moto2 class, replacing the 250 class. The world championship is hit by the death of Shoya Tomizawa, run over by De Angelis and Redding during an accident in the Misano racing track.
Going back to the Repsol Honda Team, both official racers end up in the Top 5: Pedrosa obtains 2nd place thanks to 4 victories and 5 second places. Dovizioso reaches 5th place: no victory, but almost always finishing in the top positions. Just as for the previous year, the 2nd place in the Manufacturer standings is a well-deserved achievement for the Team.
Also Mivv obtains some very proud results during this season. Speed Edge, with its “intelligent” design and its ability to get as close as possible to the frame of the bike, is the new introduction of the company into the road after-market sector.
Mivv in Moto2
Also in Moto2 Mivv shows technical commitment from the very beginning. The new class had its début in 2010, replacing the 250 class, which had become obsolete after the cancellation of the cylinder capacity limit and the enforcement of rules aimed at ensuring lower financial commitment by the teams (all the bikes with an engine supplied by Honda derive from the CBR 600 RR).
During the different seasons, Mivv undersigned partnerships with WTR Team, Sag Team, Speed Up Team, Italtrans Team, Stop and Go Racing Team.
WTR TEAM – 2010 SEASON
The Mivv exhaust has a prominent position on the AT02-2.0, built by ADV Advance Technology for the San Marino WTR Team. The racer of the first championship of the new category is the French Valentin Debise.
SAG TEAM – 2010 SEASON
The team is represented by Ratthapark Wilairot from Thailand and Ricky Cardus from Spain. Mivv produces the exhaust system for the Bimota HB4 of the team. Many racers are present at the start of the championship: Wilairot finishes with a 22nd place in the standings, with some good results during the course of the season. In the racer standings, the manufacturer Bimota achieves 10th place.
ITALTRANS S.T.R. TEAM – 2010 SEASON
The team arrives in front of the public of the motor racing world championship with the Italian racer Roby Rolfo and the Venezuelan Robertino Pietri. The first one has a wealth of experience on the track, which makes him stand out in the crowded Moto2, ending the season with an overall 14th place and one 1st and one 3rd place during the races. The motorbikes used are the MMX of the Swiss Suter (best 2010 championship manufacturer).
FIMMCO SPEED UP TEAM – 2010 SEASON
The commitment of Mivv during the course of the first Moto2 season is on many fronts. The technical partnerships are in fact extended with the collaboration with this team, represented by two extremely talented racers: the Italian Andrea Iannone, and the Hungarian Gábor Talmácsi. The team obtains exciting results with the S10 motorbike, based on a FTR M210 frame. The outstanding Andrea Iannone (3 victories, 2 second places, 3 third places and 5 pole positions) achieves 3rd place in the general standings, followed by his team mate Gábor Talmácsi, who takes home 6th place. Also thanks to Mivv, Speed Up achieves third place on the Manufacturer podium.
SAG FTR TEAM – 2011 SEASON
Difficult season for this team, in spite of the use of the great FTR M211. The two racers, the young Colombian Santiago Hernandes, and the veteran Ratthapark Wilairot from Thailand do not achieve much. Wilairot obtains some points, but is affected by the consequences of a serious road accident which forces him to extended hospitalisation. Nevertheless, the FTR manufacturer achieves 3rd position in the season standings.
SAG STOP AND GO RACING TEAM – 2012 SEASON
The commitment of Mivv in Moto2 continues to grow. 2012 sees the undersigning of the technical partnership agreement with the Stop and Go Racing Team, guided by Eduardo Perales. The circuits of the motor racing world championship are the best benchmark for an exhaust manufacturer. All the experience acquired on them can in fact be channelled into the road after-market sector.
On the track “with Mivv” are the FTR M212, ridden by the Swiss Marco Colandrea and by Angel Rodriguez, with the Bimota HB4. FTR keeps its top 5 position among the manufacturers.