According to that same list compiled by Wikipedia, 104 riders [in total] have given their lives for their sport, with “the most recent fatal accident…in May 2021 when Jason Dupasquier was killed after a crash during qualifying at the Italian Grand Prix.”
Based on the above numbers, Giacomo’s golden years of motorcycle racing – 1963 to 1977ish – fell in the more deadly decades to aim for a MotoGP championship.
There’s no such thing as racing a danger-free motorcycle, but there IS such a thing as live-time research to improve safety on the circuit; today, our riders are better protected than ever before, arguably taking all necessary precautions to ensure their career is as prosperous and pain-free as possible.
Time will see what further numbers are pulled up to add to this argument (where the age of technology fits into past decades, for instance), but for the time being, Agostini is entitled to his opinion – as are all of you.
What do you think? Should motorcycles be limited in speed or power on the MotoGP circuit?
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