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Barely a week after announcing a valiant attempt to be the last Italian motorcycle brand still standing, MV Agusta has surrendered to hard reality and ceased production at its Varese plant, located in Lombardy — the hardest-hit region of Italy by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The factory has now been completely vacated by its labour force. Administrative and non-production roles are being carried out through home-working, wherever possible. Idled assembly-line personnel will receive “Cassa Integrazione Guadagni” (unused holiday allowances) in lieu of pay. The decision to shut followed imposition by the Italian government of even stricter measures to contain the spread of Covid-19 on 22 March.

Commenting on the closure, MV Agusta chief executive Timur Sardarov said: “The safety of our employees and the compliance with all government provisions are our number-one priority. We will do our part and fully collaborate with those who are presently working hard for the common good, scrupulously following their directions. We look to the future with confidence, ready for a new start once the emergency is over.”