Featured In the January 2021 issue of Roadracing World:
On July 4th, 1976, America was celebrating its bicentennial, and just a week and a day earlier a significant event had taken place in Europe. On June 27th at Assen, Holland, Giacomo Agostini won on a four cylinder MV Agusta, marking the last time a four-stroke won a 350cc Grand Prix!
The writing had been on the wall with factory and dealer-backed Yamaha and Harley-Davidson (Aermacchi) two-strokes (See the February 2016 issue of Roadracing World, Historic Racebike Illustrations) dominating the 250cc and 350cc grids. Ironically, in 1974 when Agostini was lured away from MV to ride factory Yamahas, he won the 350cc World Championship on a factory 0W16 two-stroke. So why was Agostini campaigning a 350cc four-stroke MV in 1976?
—Historic Racebike Illustrations: 1976 MV Agusta 350, by Mick Ofield
Giacomo Agostini’s 350 MV was a curious mix of cutting-edge technology and established MV design practices. Unreliable, the bike was fast when it stayed together, giving the legendary rider the chance to put one more footnote into the road racing history books. Look inside the history-making machine in the latest issue of Roadracing World!
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