Agostini: “Pecco and Ducati are a source of pride for Italy”

could not miss Giacomo Agostini in the coronation of Francesco Bagnaia with Ducati in the Valencia GP. The 15-time world champion, more than anyone with his seven 350cc and eight 500cc wounds, spent the entire weekend at Ricardo Tormo and was seen encouraging both Pecco and Fabio Quartararo. On one side he was drawn to being Italian and on the other being an ambassador for Yamaha, a factory with which he achieved his last two crowns. The legend spoke with AS at the foot of the podium in Cheste, while the new Italian champion enjoyed his first moments as king of MotoGP.

-What does this title of Bagnaia with Ducati mean for the Agostini legend?

-It is an important title because an Italian who wins with an Italian motorcycle represents Italy throughout the world, at the rider and motorcycle level, Ducati technology. It is a great honor for Italy that a pilot of ours represents our technology in this way.

-50 years ago the last time an Italian rider with an Italian motorcycle won in the premier class and it was you who did it. Why did it take so long?

-It has taken half a century for something like this to happen again and the reason for so much time is because it is not easy. The Japanese worked hard to grow in the GPs and now it is fantastic that Ducati, a much smaller factory than the Japanese factories, has been able to make all these bikes ready to fight for victory, because there are many riders who can do it. The Ducati technicians and the entire team have great merit.

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-Was your heart divided between the Quartararo-Yamaha duo and Bagnaia-Ducati?

-Yes, the truth is yes. I won my last two world titles with Yamaha and I carry it in my heart, but I am Italian and I think that for Italy this victory is something important, because it represents our technology and our strength to make motorcycles.

-Is Bagnaia already filling the void of Rossi’s departure with his MotoGP title in Italy?

-We always need to have a hero, a pilot who does things that the others cannot do. This is what the public wants and what Pecco has done is important. He has shown to have a great head.

Does Pecco fall in love with you?

-I like Pecco, because he is a calm pilot, who does not do much exhibitions. He has a bit of my character, without doing strange things.

-But Agostini was more handsome, that’s why they called him ‘Il bello’, right?

-(Smile). He is also handsome, what happens is that he is already with a girlfriend while I was free. This is the difference. (Laughter).

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