Giacomo Agostini was born on May 25th, 1957 in Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy. He started racing motorcycles at age 14. In 1977 he won his first race, the 125cc class at the Isle of Man TT.
By 1980 he had become the youngest rider ever to win the 250cc World Championship. His career took off in 1981 when he became the first rider to win both the 500cc and the 350cc classes at the same year’s Isle of Man TT.
He went on to win the 1982 FIM Road Racing World Championship. In 1983 he became the first rider ever to win three consecutive 500cc races at the Isle of Man. He retired from racing in 1985 after winning the 250cc title again.
After retiring from racing, Agostini worked as a team manager for Honda until 1996. He then moved to Yamaha where he managed their MotoGP program. In 2000 he joined Suzuki as their test rider and eventually became their factory rider. He retired from racing again in 2006.
Agostini is currently working as a commentator for Eurosport. He is also a brand ambassador for Ducati and has been involved in several charity events.
He is married to Giorgia Maffei and they have two children together.
Born: 16 June 1942 (age 80 years), Brescia, Italy
Spouse: Maria Agostini (m. 1988)
Children: Giacomino Agostini, Victoria Agostini
Siblings: Felice Agostini
Parents: Aurelio Agostini, Maria Vittoria
Regarded as a national hero in Italy, Agostini holds an impressive total of 15 World GP titles. As the ace rider of the MV Agusta team throughout the mid 60’s to early 70’s, he shocked many fans by moving to Yamaha in 1974.
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Over 17 remarkable years, the peerless Giacomo Agostini won 15 World Championships and 122 Grand Prix – still both records. He was motor cycling’s first superstar and is still acknowledged as the greatest.