Moto Morini S.r.l. Is an Italian motorcycle manufacturer based in Alfonso Morini in Bologna. Previously, the company also produced motorcycles together with Mario Mazzetti under the name MM. Morini came under the control of Cagiva in 1987, then in 1996 it was bought by Texas Pacific Group, which also owned Ducati. In April 1999, the brand rights were acquired by Morini Franco Motori SpA, a company founded by Alfonso Morini's nephew in 1954.
Alfonso Morini was born in 1898, when "iron" motorcycles and cars replaced horses. Morini was a gifted young man who had a particular passion for motorcycles. At the age of 16, he opened his own garage, where he was engaged in the repair, modification and improvement of custom motorized bicycles. In 1925, Alfonso enlisted the support of Mario Mazzetti. By 1937, they were collecting racing motorcycles under the MM brand. Alfonso also competed in the race, having achieved considerable success. However, Mazzetti and Morini terminated their cooperation in 1937, after which everyone went their own way. Alfonso then founded Moto Morini, which later won many Italian championships and a number of international Grand Prix events. Moto Morini became famous for producing high-performance 125 and 250 cc engines, which were not worse, and sometimes better than British and Japanese counterparts.
In 1948, Rafaelle Alberti won the Italian Motorcycle Championship at the two-stroke 125 Competition. Humberto Mazetti won the Italian Light Motorcycle Championship in 1949 on a four-stroke 125 SOHC, whose power was 12 hp. (8.9 kW) at 10,000 rpm and top speed exceeded 140 km / h. In 1952, the first Moto Morini motorcycle was won outside of Italy: Emilio Mendogni (Italian Emilio Mendogni) won the four-stroke 125 SOHC at both the Grand Prix of Nations and the Grand Prix of Spain.
In 1961, Giacomo Agostini began his racing career on the Moto Morini Settebello motorcycle, finishing second in Trento Bondone. Agostini won the Cadet Championship of Italy in 1962, and the Italian Junior Championship in 1963.
Tarquigno Provini, winning the Moto Morini 250 GP, won the Italian Championship in 1961 and 1962. In 1963, he convinced Alfonso Morini that they should try their hand at the World Cup. Moto Morini Bialbero motorcycle was used for Grand Prix racing. It was equipped with a 250cc 1-cylinder dual-camshaft (DOHC) engine. The power unit was installed in the supertech chassis of the early 60's. In 1963, the Moto Morini team set themselves the highest goals: victory in the World Grand Prix, victory over the Honda factory team. Provini spent the entire season fighting a fierce 250cc championship with Jim Redman at Honda. They each won four races and the fate of the championship was decided in the final race in Japan, won by Redman, ahead of Tarquinho by two points in the overall standings. Overall, the result can be considered a success, as the tiny Italian manufacturer was able to challenge the big concern, which in those years was already considered Honda.