Pasolini and Agostini were natural rivals, and their battles split Italy down the center, but the country was united in grief after a fiery crash at Monza took both Pasolini’s and Saarinen’s lives on the first lap of the 250cc race. Saarinen was 28. Pasolini was 32 and left behind a wife and two children. He never earned a points championship and lost the 1972 250cc title to Saarinen by just one point, but his fingerprints remain all over the sport he loved. So much so that in 1987, Ducati released the Paso, a bike named in honor of the most Italian of motorcyclists.