Giacomo Agostini says the Ducati GP7's power is "incredible!"
After almost a quarter of a century, an Italian bike is once again on top in motorcycle grand prix racing!
Who’s the greatest Italian bike manufacturer of all time – MV Agusta or Ducati? That’s a tough question. Ducati machines have dominated World Superbikes in the last two decades, winning multiple championships and leaving Japanese manufacturers trying to play catch-up-with-Ducati. This year, the Italian company also dominated MotoGP, with Casey Stoner and his GP7 completely crushing Honda and Yamaha teams.
MV Agusta, on the other hand, haven’t done much on the motorcycle racing scene in recent years. But then, from 1958 to 1974, they did win 17 consecutive motorcycle grand prix racing world championships in the 500cc class – an incredible feat, and something that isn’t likely to be repeated, ever.
Which is why we think Motociclismo pulled off a coup of sorts when they got Giacomo Agostini and Ducati test rider Vittoriano Guareschi together at the Monza circuit in Italy, riding the 2007 Ducati GP7 and the 1974 MV Agusta 500 GP racer (on which Phil Read won the 500cc world championship that year, and which would be MV’s last world championship to date…) back to back!
The MV 500 racebike is now owned by Gualdo Elli, one of the world's biggest collectors of MV Agusta bikes. Ducati Corse, of course, brought the all-conquering GP7 to the party. ‘They are two completely different worlds. The technology driving the older bike is not comparable with what is available today. Back then, the pilot had to check thousands of parameters simultaneously, while modern electronics make that task much easier. The power of the Ducati is incredible,’ said Agostini after riding both bikes.
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