Claudio Castiglioni, the president of MV Augusta and an industry veteran, died Wednesday in Varese, Italy, after a long battle with cancer. He was 64.
Castiglioni began his career working in the family business, specializing in metalworking and manufacturing before founding Cagiva in 1978. Cagiva developed new and innovative motorcycles that influenced the market in the 1980s and ’90s. Following on that success, Castiglioni later purchased Ducati, Husqvarna and relaunched MV Augusta.
Throughout his career, racing was one of Castiglioni’s passions. Cagiva won world motocross championships and triumphed in the Paris-Dakar desert rally. Under Castiglioni’s leadership, Ducati developed the iconic 916 that dominated World Superbike for several seasons, and Husqvarna earned world championships in enduro, motocross and supermotard.
Following the reacquisition of MV Agusta from Harley-Davidson last year, Castiglioni remained involved with the company but handed over primary control to his son Giovanni. Castiglioni’s funeral was held in Varese, Italy, today.
(Powersports Business contributed reporting)