Featured In the July 2022 issue of Roadracing World:
In the summer of 1966 Sports Illustrated magazine sent journalist Bob Ottum to spend some time with Giacomo Agostini, multi-time motorcycle World Champion, part-time movie star, and full-time Italian-stallion heartthrob. At the end of his visit, Ottum surmised Ago’s job thusly: “To race and skid and crash and then make love and drink wine.”
All those decades ago top motorcycle racers didn’t usually have steady girlfriends. They lived on the edge of death and behaved like it, celebrating each Sunday survival by boozing and chasing women, or “birding it up,” as 1967 125cc World Champion Bill Ivy so charmingly put it.
More than half a century later, MotoGP is a cold, hard science…
—The Forever Rivals, by Mat Oxley
MotoGP’s newest stars Enea Bastianini and Jorge Martin—who changes girlfriends weekly (some things never change)—have been racing each other for the last 10 years, from Red Bull Rookies all the way to MotoGP. So, which one will be the first to win the biggest prize of them all? Mat Oxley sits down with both to catch up with the latest in a years-long rivalry in the July issue of Roadracing World!
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