Biography

Giacomo Agostini Biografia When Giacomo Agostini expressed his wish to become a motorcycle racer, his father, who wanted him to be an accountant, asked to the family’s notary for advice. Understanding cycling instead of motorcycling, the notary reassured him explaining that a bit of sport would have strengthened the boy’s health.

Giacomo Agostini’s career started then upon a fortunate misunderstanding that allowed him to become the best motorcycle champion ever.
Hard  to believe, numbers perfectly sum up his legend.

- 15 worldwide titles: 7 in 350cc – 8 in 500cc
- 123 Gran Prix won: 54 in 350cc – 68 in 500cc – 1 in 750cc
- 18 Italian championships
- 10 Tourist Trophies
- More than 300 victories in career

Born on 16th June 1942, the eldest of three brothers, Giacomo Agostini comes from Brescia. Aged 13, he moves to Lovere, on the Iseo Lake, together with his family. As always happens to the predestined, the passion for motorbikes strongly grows in his childhood. Very young, at the age of 11, he jumps on an Aquilotto motorbike by Bianchi and starts competing in local gymkhana races.

At 18 years old he buys a Morini 175 Settebello by instalments: at that time, the best motorbike with Ducati 125 and Motobi 175 for an aspiring pilot. Morini was powered by an overhead-value engine that allowed a max speed of 100 miles per hour.
In 1961, at 19 years old, Agostini takes part to his first uphill race, the Trento-Bondone where he is runner up. The uphill races become the scenario of the ealry stages in Agostini’s carrier, who sooner passes to speed tracks. After a phase of apprenticeship, Ago is noticed by Morini and his Settebello is replade by an official bike.

In 1963 Agostini becomes a top rider winning the Italian uphill Championship on a Factory Morini 175. He collects 8 victories and two second places; he also wins the Italian juniores bike championship 175cc, winning all the races.

A greater satisfaction arrives in 1963. On 13th September, Giacomo is awarded by Alfonso Morini in person to move to 250 class and takes part to the Grand Prix Des Nations in Monza as Tarquinio Provini’s follower. This is Agostini’s international debut on the Morini 250 bialbero, which was considered the fastest mono-cylindric bike in the world. Fearless in front of 120.000 spectators, Giacomo takes the lead and  gains seconds in the first two laps. At the end of the second lap, however, he is forced to withdraw from race due to strong vibrations of the exhaust pipe. It’s the end of the race, but the beginning of a legend.

In 1965 “Ago” Morini and moves to MV Agusta at the side of Mike Hailwood.
The debut at the Italian championship is a success. Ago wins in Modena; he also dominates all the other races, gaining the championship. The Grand Prix is, however, a completely different matter and Ago must accept to be in the wake of Mike Hailwood, the 500cc Championship, at the end of the season, goes to Honda. In the same year, Ago misses the 350cc worldwide title at the very last race, in Suzuka: a short circuit to the condenser takes him out at only 8 laps to go when he is virtually world champion.

 


In 1966 Agostini is fighting against his ex-teammate Hailwood, for the World Championship.
Ago wins two races in 350cc, while Hailwood six and the title. In the 500cc class, instead, the rider from Lovere, succeeds in winning the title.
This is the beginning of an undisputed supremacy: from 1966 to 1975 Giacomo Agostini wins 7 world championship in the 350cc and 8 in the 500cc.
The last two consecutive world championship wins are in 1972.

In 1973, Yamaha, launches a new 4 cylinders, performed by Jarno Saarinen.
On May 20th, in Monza, Renzo Pasolini and Jarno Saarinen, lose their life and the motorcycling world is upset. In the 500cc, Ago doesn’t succeed and the title goes to Read. Ago finishes third behind the New Zealander Newcombe. Instead, he wins in the 350cc.

In 1974 Agostini attempts a new adventure; after a 9 years partnership, he leaves MV Agusta and moves to Yamaha. Agostini’s choice excites fans and the question is, if the talent of the champion mixed with the qualities of the Japanese bike can bring further triumphs.
The answer arrives at the Daytona 200. Ago conquers an epical win in his first race on the Yamaha; furthermore it’s his debut in America. He doubles victory at Imola 200 and this confirms the extraordinary potential of the duo Agostini-Yamaha.

1974 ends with another world title in the 350cc, and a 4th place in the 500 cc behind Read and Bonera, on the MV, and the Finnish Lansivuori on the Yamaha.

In 1975, Agostini takes his last title in a world championship. After 10 intense races, Ago prevails over Phil Read; at the age of 33 he conquers his 15th and last world title of his career.

In 1968, 1969 and 1970 he won every single race in the 500 and 350 class of the world championship in which he was engaged

Together with Hailwood he is, the rider who has won the highest number of GPs (19), in a single year (1970)
He is the only Italian rider to win the Daytona200
He is, the only one who has won a world championship in the 500 cc, with a 4 stroke-engine bike
He is the only Italian rider who has conquered 10 victories in the TT race
Agostini’s mother, Mrs Maria Vittoria, used to put into Ago’s helmet a small medal featuring Pope John XXIII, whose origins were from Sotto il Monte, not far from Lovere.

 

AGOSTINI’s 15 WORLD TITLES

Class 350

1968
1° Giacomo Agostini (ITA) - MV Agusta - Pt. 32
2° Renzo Pasolini (ITA) - Benelli - Pt. 18
3° Kel Carruthers (AUS) - Aermacchi - Pt. 17

1969
1° Giacomo Agostini (ITA) - MV Agusta - Pt. 90
2° Silvio Grassetti (ITA) – Yamaha/Jawa - Pt. 47
3° Giuseppe Visenzi (ITA) - Yamaha - Pt. 45

1970
1° Giacomo Agostini (ITA) - MV Agusta - Pt. 59
2° Kel Carruthers (AUS)- Yamaha - Pt. 48
3° Renzo Pasolini (ITA) - Benelli - Pt.46

1971
1° Giacomo Agostini (ITA) - MV Agusta - Pt. 90
2° Jarno Saarinen (FIN) - Yamaha - Pt. 63
3° Ivan Carlsson (SWE) - Yamaha - Pt. 39

1972
1° Giacomo Agostini (ITA) - MV Agusta - Pt. 102
2° Jarno Saarinen (FIN) - Yamaha - Pt. 89
3° Renzo Pasolini (ITA) - Aermacchi - Pt. 78

1973
1° Giacomo Agostini (ITA) - MV Agusta - Pt. 84
2° Teuvo Lansivuori (FIN)- Yamaha - Pt. 77
3° Phil Read (GB) - MV Agusta - Pt. 56

1974
1° Giacomo Agostini (ITA) - Yamaha - Pt. 75
2° Dieter Braun (GER) - Yamaha - Pt. 62
3° Patrick Pons (FRA) - Yamaha - Pt. 47

Class 500

1966
1° Giacomo Agostini (ITA) - MV Agusta - Pt. 36
2° Mike Hailwood (GB) - Honda - Pt. 30
3°Jack Findlay (AUS) - Matchless - Pt. 20

1967
1° Giacomo Agostini (ITA) - MV Agusta - Pt. 46
2° Mike Hailwood (GB) - Honda - Pt. 46
3°John Hartle (GB) - Matchless - Pt. 22

1968
1° Giacomo Agostini (ITA) - MV Agusta - Pt. 48
2° Jack Findlay- Norton (AUS) - Pt. 34
3° Gyula Marsovszky (SUI) - Matchless - Pt. 10

1969
1° Giacomo Agostini (ITA) - MV Agusta - ITA - Pt. 105
2° Gyula Marsovsky (SUI) - Lin To - Pt. 47
3° Godfrey Nash (GB) - Norton - Pt. 45

1970
1° Giacomo Agostini (ITA) - MV Agusta - Pt. 90
2° Ginger Molloy (NZ) - Bultaco - Pt. 62
3° Angelo Bergamonti (ITA) - Aermacchi - Pt. 59

1971
1° Giacomo Agostini (ITA) - MV Agusta - ITA - Pt. 90
2° Keith Turner (NZ) - Suzuki - Pt. 58
3° Rob Bron (NED) - Suzuki - Pt. 57

1972
1° Giacomo Agostini (ITA) - MV Agusta - Pt. 105
2° Alberto Pagani (ITA) - MV Agusta - Pt. 87
3° Bruno Kneubuhler (SUI) - Yamaha - Pt. 54

1975
1° Giacomo Agostini (ITA) - Yamaha - Pt. 84
2° Phil Read (GB) - MV Agusta - Pt. 76
3° Hideo Kanaya (JPN) - Yamaha - Pt. 45

First Race
250cc.: 1964 – West Germany
350cc.: 1965 - Isle of Man
500cc.: 1965 – West Germany

First Fast Lap

350cc.: 1965 – West Germany
500cc.: 1966 – East Germany

First Podium

350cc.: 1965 – West Germany
500cc.: 1965 – West Germany

First Win

350cc: 1965 – West Germany
500cc: 1965 – Finland

Victories

350cc: 54
500cc: 68

Second places

350cc: 15
500cc: 20

Podiums

350cc: 71
500cc: 88

Fastest Laps

350cc: 48
500cc: 69


Agostini at the Tourist Trophy
Agostini raced a total of 16 Tourist Trophy, always the MV Agusta:
10 Victories
3 Podiums
3 Retires

TT 1965 Senior
Retired

TT 1965 Junior

3° place – 2h 17m 53s – average speed 158,51 km/h

TT 1966 Senior
2° place – 2h 14m 22s – average speed 162,65 km/h

TT 1966 Junior

1° position – 2h 14m 40s – average speed 162,29 km/h

TT 1967 Senior
Retired

TT 1967 Junior

2° place – 2h 12m 48s – average speed 164,56 km/h

TT 1968 Senior
1° position – 2h 13m 39s – average speed 163,52 km/h

TT 1968 Junior

1° position – 2h 09m 38s – average speed 168,59 km/h

TT 1969 Senior
1° position – 2h 09m 40s – average speed 168,54 km/h

TT 1969 Junior

1° position – 2h 13m 25s – average speed 163,81 km/h

TT 1970 Senior
1° position – 2h 13m 47s – average speed 163,34 km/h

TT 1970 Junior

1° position – 2h 13m 28s – average speed 163,74 km/h

TT 1971 Senior
1° position – 2h 12m 24s – average speed 165,06 km/h

TT 1971 Junior

Retired

TT 1972 Senior
1° position – 2h 10m 34s – average speed 167,36 km/h

TT 1972 Junior

1° position – 1h 50m 56s – average speed 164,16 km/h



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