Giacomo Agostini, one of the most successful motorcycle racers of all-time, will be among those to get involved in this year's Dutch Grand Prix as Assen celebrates the 80th edition of the famous TT race.
The Italian will collaborate with the Yamaha Classic Racing Team, who will display several iconic Yamaha race bikes from across the decades, with Agostini taking to the track riding his celebrated 1975 YZR500 OW23.
This is the original machine that he rode to his last ever world title victory in 1975 and has special significance as it was also the machine he rode to victory on at the Assen TT in that year
Racing fans visiting the TT paddock area will be given the chance to peruse a number of historical GP machines raced to glory from 1964 to 1985 including: 125cc 1 cylinder, 350cc 3 cylinder, 750cc 4 cylinder and all two stroke machines. Added to the line up this year is the 1965 125cc V4 (RA31A) machine that delivered a 1-2 world championship victory to riders Bill Ivy and Phil Read and the manufacturer's title to Yamaha in 1965.
Another new iconic bike present will be the 350cc twin (OW16) that Agostini raced to world championship victory with in 1974 in the 350cc class.
“I am very happy to see that the interest for our classic racing activities is growing and growing,” said Yamaha Classic Racing Team Manager, Ferry Brouwer. “One thing that the public generally appreciates is that the historical machines as well as the racing legends can be approached quite easily, although depending a bit on the venue that we're at.
“I'm very proud that Giacomo Agostini is participating on the major events this year and we are very grateful that the Yamaha headquarters in Japan have given Ago the opportunity again to ride on his original and legendary machine that he steered to his final word title in 1975.”