Giacomo Agostini

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Giacomo Agostini
Agostini.jpg
Agostini in 2003
Nationality Italian
Born (1942-06-16) 16 June 1942 (age 71)
Brescia, Lombardy
Motorcycle racing career statistics
Grand Prix motorcycle racing
Active years 19641977
First race 1963 250cc Nations Grand Prix
Last race 1977 500cc British Grand Prix
First win 1965 350cc German Grand Prix
Last win 1976 500cc German Grand Prix
Team(s) MV Agusta, Yamaha, Suzuki
Championships 350cc – 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974
500cc – 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1975
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
186 122 159 9 117 1493
Isle of Man TT career
TTs contested 8 (19651972)
TT wins 10
First TT win 1966 Junior TT
Last TT win 1972 Senior TT
Podiums 13

Giacomo Agostini (born 16 June 1942) is an Italian multi-time world champion Grand Prix motorcycle road racer.[1] Nicknamed Ago, with an absolute record of 122 Grand Prix wins and 15 World Championships titles, he is claimed to be the greatest motorcycle rider of all time.[1] Of these, 68 wins and 8 titles came in the 500cc class, the rest in the 350cc class.

Early career[edit]

Agostini was born in Brescia, Lombardy, although his family was from Lovere, where his father was employed in the local town council. The oldest of four brothers, Agostini initially had to steal away to compete, first in hill climb events and then in road racing, as his father did not approve of his son's motorcycle racing career and did everything he could to persuade him not to race.[1]

Eventually his father came to terms with his racing and he won the 1963 Italian 175cc championship aboard a Morini. He got his break when Morini factory rider, Tarquinio Provini left the team to ride for Benelli. Count Alfonso Morini hired the young Agostini to ride for him.[1] In 1964, Agostini would win the Italian 350cc title and proved his ability by finishing fourth in the Italian Grand Prix at Monza.[2]

World championships[edit]

These results caught the eye of Count Domenico Agusta who signed Agostini to ride for his MV Agusta squad as Mike Hailwood's team-mate.[1] Agostini then fought a season-long battle with Honda's Jim Redman for the 1965 350cc world championship. He seemed to have the title won when he led the final round in Japan at Suzuka when his bike failed him, handing the title to Redman.

At the end of the 1965 season, Hailwood left to join Honda as he had tired of working for the difficult Count Agusta. With Agostini now the top MV Agusta rider, he responded by winning the 500cc title seven years in succession for the Italian factory.[1] He would also win the 350cc title seven times in succession and won 10 Isle of Man TTs. In 1967 he battled Hailwood in one of the most dramatic seasons in Grand Prix history. Each rider had 5 victories before the championship was decided in Agostini's favor at the last race of the season.

Practice in 1976 at the Nürburgring with the 350cc MV

Agostini dropped a bombshell on the Grand Prix world when he announced he would never again race at the Isle of Man TT, after the death of his close friend, Gilberto Parlotti during the 1972 TT. He considered the 37 mile circuit unsafe for world championship competition. At the time, the TT was the most prestigious race on the motorcycling calendar. Other top riders joined his boycott of the event and by 1977, the event was struck from the Grand Prix schedule.

Agostini surprised the racing world when he announced that he would leave MV Agusta to ride for Yamaha in 1974 season. On his first outing for the Japanese factory, he won the prestigious Daytona 200, the premiere American motorcycle race.[3] He went on to claim the 1974 350cc World Championship but injuries and mechanical problems kept him from winning the 500cc crown. He rebounded and won the 1975 500cc title, marking the first time a two-stroke machine won the premier class.

The 1975 championship would also be the last world title for the 33 year old Italian. In 1976, he rode both Yamaha and MV bikes in the 500cc class, yet raced only once in the 350cc to win in Assen. For the challenging Nürburgring, he chose the 500cc MV Agusta and took it to victory, winning the last Grand Prix for both himself, the marque and the last for four-stroke engines in the 500cc class.

He retired from motorcycle competition after finishing 6th in the 1977 season in which he also raced in 750cc endurance races for Yamaha.

British Formula One Series career
Active years 19791980
Races 23
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podium finishes 7
Career points 41
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0

Racing car career[edit]

Like John Surtees and Mike Hailwood before him, Agostini raced in Formula One cars. He competed in non-championship Formula One races in 1978. He competed in the European Formula 2 series in a Chevron B42-BMW and British Aurora Formula 1 with his own team and a Williams FW06. He ended his auto racing career in 1980.[4]

Team manager[edit]

In 1982, Agostini returned to the motorcycle racing as the Marlboro Yamaha team manager. In this role he won three 500cc titles with Eddie Lawson and managed many successful riders including Graeme Crosby and Kenny Roberts. Under his management riders won the 1982 Daytona Formula 1 (Crosby), 1983 and 1984 Daytona Formula 1 (Roberts) and 1986 Daytona Superbike championships (Lawson). Between 1986 and 1990 he also managed the Marlboro Yamaha 250cc team.

Since 1992 he served as the Cagiva factory racing team manager until 1994, when Cagiva withdrew from the world championship. Agostini's last season as team manager was 1995 when he managed a 250cc Honda team with Doriano Romboni as rider.

Complete Grand Prix motorcycle racing results[5][edit]

Points system from 1964 to 1968:

Position 1 2 3 4 5 6
Points 8 6 4 3 2 1

Points system from 1969 onwards:

Position 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Points 15 12 10 8 6 5 4 3 2 1
Year Class Bike 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Pts Pos
1963 250cc Moto Morini ESP GER IOM NED BEL ULS DDR NAT
Ret
ARG JPN 0 NC
1964 250cc Moto Morini USA ESP FRA IOM NED BEL GER
4
DDR ULS NAT
4
JPN 6 12th
1965 350cc MV Agusta GER
1
IOM
3
NED
3
DDR
Ret
CZE
Ret
ULS FIN
1
NAT
1
JPN
5
32 2nd
500cc MV Agusta USA GER
2
IOM
Ret
NED
2
BEL
2
DDR
2
CZE
2
ULS FIN
1
NAT
2
32 2nd
1966 350cc MV Agusta GER
Ret
FRA
2
NED
2
DDR
1
CZE
2
FIN
Ret
ULS
2
IOM
1
NAT
1
JPN 42 2nd
500cc MV Agusta GER
2
NED
2
BEL
1
DDR
Ret
CZE
2
FIN
1
ULS
2
IOM
2
NAT
1
36 1st
1967 350cc MV Agusta GER
2
IOM
2
NED
2
DDR
2
CZE
7
ULS
1
NAT
Ret
JPN 32 2nd
500cc MV Agusta GER
1
IOM
Ret
NED
2
BEL
1
DDR
1
CZE
2
FIN
1
ULS
20
NAT
1
CAN
2
46 1st
1968 350cc MV Agusta GER
1
IOM
1
NED
1
DDR
1
CZE
1
ULS
1
NAT
1
32 1st
500cc MV Agusta GER
1
ESP
1
IOM
1
NED
1
BEL
1
DDR
1
CZE
1
FIN
1
ULS
1
NAT
1
48 1st
1969 350cc MV Agusta ESP
1
GER
1
IOM
1
NED
1
DDR
1
CZE
1
FIN
1
ULS
1
NAT YUG 90 1st
500cc MV Agusta ESP
1
GER
1
FRA
1
IOM
1
NED
1
BEL
1
DDR
1
CZE
1
FIN
1
ULS
1
NAT YUG 105 1st
1970 350cc MV Agusta GER
1
YUG
1
IOM
1
NED
1
DDR
1
CZE
1
FIN
1
ULS
1
NAT
1
ESP 105 1st
500cc MV Agusta GER
1
FRA
1
YUG
1
IOM
1
NED
1
BEL
1
DDR
1
FIN
1
ULS
1
NAT
1
ESP 90 1st
1971 350cc MV Agusta AUT
1
GER
1
IOM
Ret
NED
1
BEL
1
DDR
1
CZE
Ret
SWE
1
FIN
1
ULS NAT
Ret
ESP 90 1st
500cc MV Agusta AUT
1
GER
1
IOM
1
NED
1
BEL
1
DDR
1
SWE
1
FIN
1
ULS NAT
Ret
ESP 90 1st
1972 350cc MV Agusta GER
2
FRA
4
AUT
1
NAT
1
IOM
1
YUG
Ret
NED
1
DDR
Ret
CZE
Ret
SWE
1
FIN
1
ESP 102 1st
500cc MV Agusta GER
1
FRA
1
AUT
1
NAT
1
IOM
1
YUG
Ret
NED
1
BEL
1
DDR
1
CZE
1
SWE
1
FIN
1
ESP 105 1st
1973 350cc MV Agusta FRA
1
AUT
Ret
GER
Ret
NAT
1
IOM YUG NED
1
CZE
2
SWE
2
FIN
1
ESP 84 1st
500cc MV Agusta FRA
Ret
AUT
Ret
GER
Ret
NAT
C
IOM YUG NED
Ret
BEL
1
CZE
1
SWE
2
FIN
1
ESP 57 3rd
1974 350cc Yamaha FRA
1
GER AUT
1
NAT
1
IOM NED
1
SWE
DNS
FIN YUG
1
ESP 75 1st
500cc Yamaha FRA
Ret
GER AUT
1
NAT
Ret
IOM NED
1
BEL
2
SWE
Ret
FIN CZE
6
47 4th
1975 350cc Yamaha FRA
2
ESP
1
AUT
Ret
GER
Ret
NAT
2
IOM NED
4
FIN
2
CZE
Ret
YUG 59 2nd
500cc Yamaha FRA
1
AUT
Ret
GER
1
NAT
1
IOM NED
2
BEL
Ret
SWE
Ret
FIN
1
CZE
2
84 1st
1976 350cc MV Agusta FRA
Ret
AUT
Ret
NAT
Ret
YUG
Ret
IOM NED
1
FIN
Ret
CZE
Ret
GER
Ret
ESP 15 15th
500cc MV Agusta FRA
5
AUT
6
GER
1
26 7th
Suzuki NAT
Ret
IOM NED
Ret
BEL
Ret
SWE FIN
Ret
CZE
Ret
1977 350cc Yamaha VEN GER
2
NAT
8
ESP
-
FRA
11
YUG
-
NED
-
SWE
13
FIN
-
CZE
10
GBR
-
16 16th
500cc Yamaha VEN AUT GER NAT
5
FRA
2
NED
Ret
BEL
8
SWE
9
FIN
Ret
CZE
2
GBR
9
37 6th

Complete British Formula One Championship results[edit]

(key)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Pos Pts.
1979 Giacomo Agostini Williams FW06 Cosworth ZOL
9
OUL
6
BRH
5
MAL
Ret
SNE
2
THR
6
ZAN
3
DON
9
OUL
3
NOG
Ret
MAL
Ret
BRH
Ret
THR
6
SNE
7
SIL
7
8th 19

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Mike Hailwood
500cc Motorcycle World Champion
1966–1972
Succeeded by
Phil Read
Preceded by
Phil Read
500cc Motorcycle World Champion
1975
Succeeded by
Barry Sheene
Preceded by
Mike Hailwood
350cc Motorcycle World Champion
1968–1974
Succeeded by
Johnny Cecotto