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Legend Agostini excited by July return to Cadwell's Mountain

Monday, June 22 2015

Motorcycle racing legend Giacomo Agostini is relishing his return to Cadwell Park for the International Classic this July (25/26), and is particularly looking forward to seeing The Mountain again.

The 15-time World Champion was at Snetterton last weekend for the latest round of the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship. MSV caught up with him to get his thoughts on returning to Cadwell Park for the International Classic, where he will lead a parade of famous riders and bikes, including contemporary rival Derek Chatterton, with whom he famously duelled at the Lincolnshire circuit.

Agostini said: "I'm very happy to come back because I remember Cadwell Park for me in my time was very difficult to win because a lot of English riders were very fast and the circuit is very tight and narrow. I had the MV Agusta with a lot of horsepower, but I had to ride at 110% to beat the others with bikes not as fast as mine.

"In England I remember every circuit had his king, including John Cooper at Mallory Park and Derek Minter at Brands Hatch. Every time in England, especially at Cadwell, was very difficult to win and I remember when I finished the day I was very tired. I have nice memories from when I won there and I remember every place where we have the jump (The Mountain). I want to see that when I come!"

Agostini recalls a time when international riders would frequently visit the Lincolnshire circuit to race against the country's best, but even then he would have to be very persuasive with his MV Agusta team: "When I started racing I always complained with Count Agusta because I liked to come to England to race. He said if it's not for the World Championship, we don't want to spend time on the mechanics going to England because then they're not developing the bike for the World Championship.

"Many years ago motorcycle racing was just England and Italy. I wanted to come to England because the European people, especially the Italians, came to England to learn because there were a lot of different circuits, and you meet a lot of good riders. I remember one time I had a race in Imola, and afterwards I came to England for two races, then I came back after two months for another race in Imola, and I went one-and-a-half seconds faster than before. I think I was so fast because I learnt a lot in England with the English riders, and I was stronger when I came back."

For more information about the International Classic and to book tickets, head to www.cadwellclassic.com