“I communicate my retirement from the motorcycle activity which began 19th July 1961 in the Trento-Bondone. Since then I can count 331 wins, 15 world titles (8 in the 500cc and 7 in the 350cc) and Italian championships in all the categories (125, 175, 250, 350, 500 and 750). Signed Giacomo Agostini.”
In the summary of the public announcement of the agency called Ansa there is a story or better a life. Few days later Agostini said: “A piece of my life has gone away”. It was instead the conclusion of a era. The rider with an elegant and clear class did not show himself too much but his results were extraordinary. With a unique style, he trained himself with meticulousness and it was not hard to see him, in the night, far from everyone and everything studying the course, drawing the trajectories, anticipating the victorious tomorrow. He was the icon of Italy, of the motor talent of our people. No other athlete also in other disciplines has gained as much titles as Giacomo Agostini. He triumphed acting the part of a champion even in the world of cinema. His face was able to move and attract to motorcycling also the other half of the sky. The great champions who competed with him tried to be part of history. He was and still is the history.