Giacomo Agostini – “My father and my mother wanted me to study, but I don’t want to do. For me, there were only motorcycles and racing. I haven’t seen other outside motorcycling“. All motor enthusiasts know Giacomo Agostini. Perhaps, the greatest rider of all time. Not only for the incredible amount races won. Especially for human and technical qualities that have allowed him to dominate for over 10 years the most prestigious competitions. Giacomo Agostini is 74 years old. The name of Agostini ran throughout Italy and throughout the world. Even today “needle” is a stepping stone in the racing world.
Giacomo Agostini is the only driver to have achieved a number of titles exceeds the number of seasons entirely played. 15 against 13, competed in the 350cc and 500cc during the same period, from 1965 to 1977, aboard the MV Agusta and Yamaha. On 18 July 1961 is an important date because Giacomo Agostini participated in his first official match with the “Settebello”. A hard time trial where the future champion, finished second. Holder of 15 world titles. Agostini won 123 Grands Prix and managed to earn a podium finish in 163 of 190 races. In the 500 class got 8 world titles with 68 victories in GP and in 350 class he won 7 world titles and 54 GP.
Giacomo Agostini has been always in a hurry
Giacomo Agostini also has 20 national titles and 311 official victories, winning in 1968, in 1969 and in 1970 all the races of 500 and 350 classes in the World Championship, becoming the winner of the most races (19) in the same year (1970). Agostini has proved to be a true champion by Yamaha centering in 1975 his last world title in class 500. The Italian champion retired at the end of 1977. However, he never left the world of racing. He was first a team manager for fourteen seasons and then a television commentator. The champion is 74 years old. So, Happy Birthday Mr. Agostini!