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Giacomo Agostini to receive Lifetime Achievement award

Racing legend Giacomo Agostini to receive Lifetime Achievement award at Legend of the Motorcycle

Italian legend Giacomo Agostini will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s Legend of the Motorcycle Concours.

Agostini, known to millions of fans worldwide as “Ago,” is the world’s greatest motorcycle grand prix racer with 15 Grand Prix World Championship titles. While fellow Italian and World Champion racer Valentino Rossi is close on his heels in terms of career titles, no one has yet to match Ago’s incredible record on the track.

Most closely associated with famed Italian super bike MV Agusta, Agostini actually won his first championship in 1963 astride a Moto Morini. This win caught the attention of Count Domenico Agusta, founder of MV Agusta, who added young Agostini to his race team that included Mike Hailwood. Ago’s tenure with Count Agusta’s team would result in nearly a decade of successive victories and the cementing of Agostini and MV as one of the greatest racers and machines of all time.

Fittingly, MV Agusta is a featured marque of this year’s Legend of the Motorcycle and a history-making assembly is expected. Admirers of this revered motorcycle and fans of Italian performance iron in general will not be disappointed.

Each year a person who has made an invaluable contribution to the world of motorcycling is selected to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award. The distinguished trophy presented to this recipient is the signature God of Speed™ bronze sculpture. Last year’s recipient was Willie G. Davidson. Agostini will be presented with this award on stage at the Concours on May 3, 2008.

The third annual Legend of the Motorcycle Concours d’Elegance will take place the first Saturday in May on the breathtaking ocean-side golf course of the Ritz-Carlton in Half Moon Bay, California, just south of San Francisco. For more information on this landmark charitable event, visit

Click here — — for the Motorcycle Classics review of the 2006 Legend of the Motorcycle Concours d’Elegance.

  • Published on Jan 25, 2008
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