MEET THE TEAM
A family run motorcycle business, run by a father and son duo, has been a lifelong passion for both of them. They have been riding motorcycles since they were young and their love for bikes has only grown stronger with time. The father, has even incorporated his love for birds of prey into the design and brand. The son, following in his father's footsteps, has also developed a passion for both motorcycles and birds of prey. Together, they bring a unique and personal touch to every motorcycle they build and repair.
As life-long owners of birds of prey, including Aquila verreauxii, black eagles, it seemed appropriate to name their team Black Eagle Racing.
Since adopting the name and the new logo, the team has gone from strength to strength, winning several podium places at the Isle of Man Classic TT races, and fulfilling David's life-long dream to win with a motorcycle built in their own workshop.
Meet The Team
Mark is the Director of MV Meccanica Verghera Ltd.
He, along with his father, David Kay, is a lifelong motorcycle enthusiast. He began working on MV motorcycles at the age of 7yr and by 19, he had machined his first engine. In 1988, he won the first Classic Bike race on the Billown Circuit on the Isle of Man, riding a sidecar built in his own workshop.
After the MV Agusta factory closed in Italy, the father and son team began to manufacture replacement parts for their own bikes.
Using unmachined engine castings and their own measurements and drawings, they were able to make every component they needed. Their business increased as they repaired, restored and replaced parts for other owners. The company now trades worldwide, making custom bikes and offering services, advice and consultancy on all aspects of motorcycle engineering.
Mark's work is characterised by a meticulous attention to detail which comes from his passion to restore classic bikes to mint factory condition. Typically, a new bike will have individually crafted parts which are identical to the original and assembled to show-stopping perfection. Testimony to the superb standard of the Kays' work is to be found everywhere.
"This ..motorcycle factory is competently run by MV devotees Dave Kay and his son Mark. This pair of superb engineers hand-craft the multitude of components that make up a four-cylinder MV, and then assemble them into beautiful and faithful replicas of the legendary machinery." ..Chris Pearson, Italian Bike
Mitchell Kay, also known as Mitch, is the third member of the Kay unholy trinity and has had a lifelong love of motorcycles. At the age of 17, he purchased his first motorcycle, a Yamaha R6, and began exploring the world of bike racing. He later acquired a Honda CBR600 race bike and competed in various events, but soon realized that he was up against professional BSB riders who were just out for a leisurely ride. In 2012, Mitch made a deal with an Italian and obtained an MV Agusta 675 triple, which converted him to the MV clan. Since then, he has become a skilled manager, engine builder, mechanic and solid works specialist working alongside his father Mark. Mitch is now a well-respected team member for events such as the Isle of Man and Goodwood, and is known for his dedication and expertise in the motorcycle industry.
MARK KAY - manager, machinist and engine mechanic
MITCH KAY - manager, machinist and engine mechanic
JASON McCARTHY - fibreglass fabricator