Today we revere MV Agusta for its high-horsepower, multi-cylindered motorcycles, but the company’s early days were centered on single-cylinder motorcycles. Its two-stroke versions from the late 1940s were successful items, winning road races into the early 1950s, but were outgunned by four-strokes at the world championship level. Count Agusta countered by hiring the best minds of the time to build a winning motorcycle. The Bialbero was it, and it won the 1952 125cc title in the hands of Cecil Sandford, though some would argue that title is hollow due to the dominant Mondial team withdrawing from competition that year. Nonetheless, the record books will forever show that MV Agusta won its first world championship (of 37) that year, and added five more by the end of 1960. MV’s success in the premier 500cc class would come in 1956 in the hands of John Surtees – to this day, the only man to win titles at the highest level of both motorcycle (500cc) and car (Formula 1) racing.