Giacomo Agostini, the most successful rider in motorcycle grand prix history, will complete demo laps on both his 1975 title winning YZR500 and
a 2010 YZR-M1 at Assen on Saturday.
To mark the 80th anniversary of the Dutch TT, 15 time world champion Agostini will ride one lap on each motorcycle, starting at 13:10 local time.
Although Valentino Rossi is recuperating from a broken leg, his motorcycles have continued to be taken to each grand prix for fans to view.
"It's a double pleasure and honour to be here at Assen on the occasion of the 80th anniversary of the Dutch TT,” said Agostini. “First of all, I was honoured to be invited by the TT for this important occasion and secondly I am very excited to celebrate this event riding for Yamaha, to whom I gave a first world title in the 500cc series. I have a beautiful memory of this TT race and of these fans. I remember that when I used to ride here, many years ago, there were 160,000 fans all around the track. Unbelievable!
“Tomorrow I will have the chance to ride the "past" and the "present;" the first and the latest world champion bikes. 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 realise how difficult it is to control such a force!" added Agostini, who last rode an M1 at the end of the 2005 season.
"I am very pleased to celebrate the 80th Anniversary of the Dutch TT with Yamaha's first and latest premier class championship-winning bikes,” added Yamaha Motor Racing president Shigeto Kitagawa. “It is going to be a great pleasure to see both machines ridden by the great and legendary champion Giacomo Agostini."
Present Yamaha rider and 2010 title leader Jorge Lorenzo will start the race from pole position.