In 1966, the Italian motorcycling champion Giacomo Agostini raced for the first time in Spain. It was in the urban circuit of Vistahermosa, in Alicante, circling the Serra Grossa between the center of the city and the Albufereta Beach.
Motorcycle racing in Alicante
In the sixties, Alicante was one of the meccas of motorcycling. The International Winter Trophy, which was held from 1965 to 1970, had enormous respect. The journalist Paco Desamparados asserts that the specialized press considered this one the best race in the world. The racers were the crème de la crème of their time, including in the cast twelve world champions, as Ángel Nieto and Agostini.
Giacomo Agostini, winner in 122 great prizes and 15 world championships, continues to remember his participation in Alicante. In an interview, he confirmed, “since it was here where I raced for the first time in Spain, and it is also the only race that was not scoring for the World Championship in which I competed, I did not participate in any more organized event in any other Spanish city. I keep an excellent memory of Paco Gomis and the ceremony of awards that took place in the course of a dinner that was held in the castle of Santa Barbara.
Old motorcycling in Alicante
It was a glorious time for Alicante, since not only the capital organized essential races. Ibi also became one of the most crucial motorcycling cities, getting to host the Spanish Championship. The spectators flocked to these circuits: an estimated 80,000 in Vistahermosa and over 30,000 in Ibi. Other Alicante cities such as Alcoy, Elda and Elche were also protagonists of the two wheels.
The circuit of Alicante today
Now the road of La Cantera has changed a lot. Sometimes, during our guided tours of Alicante, we stop at the viewpoint on the rise and remember those glorious moments of Agostini in our city. Because, we had not said, that the 1966 race was won by the Italian, of course.