Giacomo Agostini Champion of Champions

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Giacomo Agostini Champion of Champions
by Mick Walker

2004 Hardback, Breedon Books, Heavy hardback, now out of print, 240 pages, b & w photos

ISBN: 1859834000.
 
 Fifteen world titles - eight at 500cc and twelve Isle of Man TT victories in an extrordinary 17-year career make Giacomo Agostini in the most successful racing motorcyclist in the history of the sport. His precocious talent and the courage and flair he demonstrated as a rider throughout his long career marked him out from all his contemporaries. Yet until now no full-length study of his spectacular career has been published in English.
 
 Mick Walker's expert account recalls the extraordinary era, from the mid-1960s to the mid-1970s, when Agostini was, without doubt, the man to beat at the top level of motorcycle sport. Agostini's great races and his fierce rivalry with riders like Mike Hailwood, Jarno Saarinen and Phil Read are vividly recreated, and his world-beating motorcycles are analyzed in detail, including the legendary MV Agustas.
 
In this fully illustrated and in-depth new study Mick Walker reassesses Agostini's remarkable record and explores the personal and technical background to his acheivement. He writes of Agostini's birth in northern Italy, his success as a teenager in hillclimbs and other local events and his sudden appearance on the world stage as Mike Hailwood's teammate at MV in 1965. No one then could have predicted the matchless run of success that followed - no less than 122 Grand Prix wins. He mastered every course he encountered - the TT circuit, Spa, the Nurburgring - and outrode all his rivals during a decade of dominance. Agostini turned briefly to motor racing after he retired from motorcycles, management with Yahama and Cagiva, and was closely involved in the design of MV Agusta F4 superbike. Mike Walker covers this less-well known side of Agostini's career, but he concentrates on the racing years and on the motorcycles themselves.
 
There is a technical analysis of bikes Agostini rode and developed, in particular the 350cc and 500cc MVs he used at his peak. There is also a full race-by-race record of his achievement.