Giacomo forged a strong association with Yamaha and returned to the 0Ws and steered the 0W35 in his final season (his fourteenth) in 1977 where he gained two more podium results. After a brief attempt at car racing Agostini started a successful managerial career and helmed the factory squad at a time when Kenny Roberts and Eddie Lawson were at the heights of their powers. Needless to say the records (15 titles, 122 wins, 68 500cc triumphs, 159 podiums in all classes) mean that Agostini will always hold an elevated position in the annals of motorcycle sport. His flamboyance and charm made him a household name in Italy and he is a figure that commands the upmost respect when he makes annual promotional appearances at the age of 68. Ago has also been an important part of the Yamaha Classic Racing Team and takes great delight in wheeling out his rasping 'smokers' for the older generation of fans to roll back the years and a younger audience to wonder at a bygone age.