I don't think that at this point we have to introduce Giacomo Agostini, the Italian champion of the 15 world titles of 500cc and 350cc of the sixties and seventies. Although what we probably need to remember that his last 500cc World Championship he achieved it on a Yamaha YZR500 OW23, and hence the beginning of his relationship with the Japanese brand. Giacomo Agostini is one of those retired riders, who after passing through the captaincy of several teams currently lives semi-retired (I really believe that someone like that never retires) attending classic motorcycle exhibitions, taking laps of honor similar events.
Taking advantage of this media pull that the pilot has, the Papageno Foundation of the Netherlands is going to auction a Yamaha YZF-R1 decorated in the colors of the mythical Yamaha that won the first 500 World Cup with two-stroke mechanics. The proceeds from this auction will go to the coffers of the foundation that helps children with autism. So now you know, if you have money and you are interested in collaborating in a charitable cause, you can visit the Utrecht fairgrounds (Netherlands) on February 12-26 to observe it and bid for it in the auction that follows.
The bike in addition to the commemorative decoration includes some titanium Akrapovic exhausts, an AGV helmet also with the colors of Giacomo Agostini and the signature of the rider himself on the tank to certify the specialness of the bike. We mortals who do not have a penny in our pockets have to settle for the photos in the image gallery that you have below.