Moto Morini was founded by Alfonso Morini in Bologna, in 1937. In 1925 Alfono built a single-cylinder 120 cc two-stroke racing bike, making him the designer, constructor, and racer. Alfonso’s finest racing moment came in 1927 when his MM 125 took six world records at Monza, during the Grand Prix of Nations. In 1933 he set a new world speed record for 175 cc motorcycles of 162 km/h. In 1943 the factory was bombed. In 1953 a 175 cc pushrod OHV four-stroke model appeared in production with models like Gran Turismo, Settebello, Rebello, Supersport, Briscola, Tresette, and Tresette Sprint. In 1961, Giacomo Agostini began his racing career on a Moto Morini Settebello. Agostini was Italian Cadet Champion in 1962, and Italian Junior Champion in 1963. Tarquinio Provini, riding a Moto Morini 250 GP, won the Italian Championship in 1961 and 1962.