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Motorcycles racing at the 2010 Course du BOC

Motorcycle racing (also called moto racing and motorbike racing) is the motorcycle sport of racing motorcycles. Major genres include motorcycle road racing and off-road racing, both either on circuits or open courses, and track racing. Other categories include hill climbs, drag racing and land speed record trials.

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Agostini in 2003.

Giacomo Agostini (born 16 June 1942) is an Italian multi-time world champion Grand Prix motorcycle road racer. Nicknamed Ago, he is the all-time leader in victories in motorcycle Grand Prix history.

Agostini was born in Lovere, in Lombardy, the son of a wealthy, Italian industrialist. His father originally didn't approve of his son's motorcycle racing career. He did everything he could to persuade his son not to race. Agostini would have to steal away to compete, first in hill climb events and then in road racing.

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. In 1964, Agostini would win the Italian 350cc title and proved his ability by finishing fourth in the Italian Grand Prix at Monza.


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  • …that Giacomo Agostini is first in all time 500cc/MotoGP world championship wins with 8 world championships.Valentino Rossi is second with 7 world championships.
  • …that Giacomo Agostini is first in consecutive 500cc/MotoGP world championship wins with 7 consecutive world championships from 1966 to 1972. Michael Doohan with 5 consecutive world championships from 1994 to 1998 and Valentino Rossi with 5 consecutive world championships from 2001 to 2005 are joint second.
  • …that Giacomo Agostini is first in all time race wins with 122 race wins. Valentino Rossi is second with 112 race wins.
  • …that Valentino Rossi is first in all time podiums standings with 141 podiums followed by Michael Doohan with 95.
  • …that Honda is first in all time 500cc/MotoGP world championship wins with 17 world championships. MV Agusta is second with 16.
  • …that Carl Fogarty is first in all time Superbike world championship wins with 4 world championships. Troy Bayliss, Troy Corser, Colin Edwards, Fred Merkel, Doug Polen, and James Toseland have 2 Superbike world championships each.
  • …that except for the Frenchman Raymond Roche, who won the championship in 1990, all other Superbike World Champions were English native speakers.
  • …that Carl Fogarty is first in all time Superbike world championship wins with 59 wins. Troy Bayliss is second with 41.
  • …that Ducati is first in all time Superbike world championship wins with 14 world championships. Honda is second with 4.
  • …that John Surtees is the only person to have won World Championships on both two and four wheels.

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A Motocross rider at an event in Phillip Island, Australia

 

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