Giacomo Agostini: The King of Two Wheels


He is considered by many to be the best motorcycle racer of all time. Not only for his driving technique, but for his record full of successes. Aug, as it is affectionately called in Italian Giacomo Agostini, he was lord and lord in the World Motorcycle Championship at a time when one had to be very brave to ride fast on two wheels. He won 122 Grand Prix and 15 titles, eight in the 500 cm3 class and the remaining in the defunct 350 cm3.

He was born in Brescia on June 16, 1942. His passion for motorcycling began at a very young age. He participated in regional and later national tournaments, always with outstanding performances. In 1963 he won the Junior Championship in his country and that same year he made his World Cup debut in 250 cm3.

In 1965 he began his association with MV Agusta, a brand with which he competed at the same time in 350 and 500. A season later he began his reign, which lasted until 1974. Only in the 1966, 1967, 1973 and 1974 seasons he remained with the desire to do double. The last diamond of his wonderful sports campaign was achieved in 1975 in 500 and with Yamaha.

At the age of 35 he closed his stage in the World Championship, although the vice for speed in motorsport emerged in categories such as European Formula 2 and British Formula 1, in which he competed in 1979 with a Williams FW06-Cosworth (he achieved three podiums , but no victory).

In 1982 he returned to the Continental Circus as team-manager of the official Yamaha team with riders Kenny Roberts and Eddie Lawson. He was also on the Cagiva team in 1992.

In the middle of his campaign at the World Cup, Agostini also had time for other challenges. In 1974, in his first year with Yamaha, he won the prestigious Daytona 200. And he was also cheered on for the difficult - and tragic - Isle of Man Tourist Trophy, where he achieved ten successes between 1965 and 1972.

For all this, Giacomo Agostini is a legend.

122 TRIUMPHES
Agostini achieved at the Continental Circus. In 500 he won 68 times. The remaining 54 wins, at 350.

15 TITLES
Seven in 350 cm3: 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973 and 1974. And eight in 500 cm3: 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972 and 1975.

 

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