Agostini to lap TT Assen on Rossi's M1

Ago to ride Yamaha’s first and latest championship winners

By Motorcycle.Com Staff, Jun. 25, 2010
Giacomo Agostini will ride Valentino Rossi’s 2010 Yamaha YZR-M1 as well as his 1975 championship winning YZR500 at Assen ahead of the Dutch TT.

As previously announced, Agostini is scheduled to ride a lap of Assen on his 1975 Yamaha YZR500 OW23, the as part the Yamaha Classic Racing Team. The 1975 YZR500 was Agostini’s last world championship, but the first 500cc/MotoGP title for Yamaha.

Yamaha has now announced Agostini will also ride a lap on reigning World Champion Rossi’s M1 as part of the celebrations marking the 80th anniversary of the Dutch TT.

“I am very pleased to celebrate the 80th Anniversary of the Dutch TT with Yamaha’s first and latest premier class Championship-winning bikes,” says Shigeto Kitagawa, president of Yamaha Motor Racing. “It is going to be a great pleasure to see both machines ridden by the great and legendary champion Giacomo Agostini.”

Giacomo Agostini will ride both his 1975 Yamaha YZR500 and Valentino Rossi's 2010 Yamaha YZR-M1. We wonder if Ago's willing to write a shoot-out article for us ...

Rossi has been sidelined since breaking his leg at the Mugello round. Yamaha has since named Wataru Yoshikawa as to ride in Rossi’s absence, but the Yamaha test rider isn’t set to start until the Catalunya round. Fiat Yamaha displayed Rossi’s M1 in the paddock at last week’s Silverstone round, but for Assen, it will be put to use.

 “Tomorrow I will have the chance to ride the ‘past’ and the ‘present’; the first and the latest world champion bikes,” says Agostini who has previously ridden the 2005 M1. “My OW23 was like a bicycle with 120bhp, but used to get power at 6000rpm … whilst the M1 has 240bhp! When you ride the M1 for the first time, it seems that it’s very easy: engine, gear, brakes, it seems that it does everything itself, but then when you open the throttle you discover its power and you realize how difficult it is to control such a force!”

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