Factory Tour: Agostini vs. Rossi – It’s Not What You Think

04/04/2014 @ 3:20 pm, by Jensen Beeler8 COMMENTS

Factory Tour: Agostini vs. Rossi   Its Not What You Think Dainese Warehouse Rossi racks 635x421

Towards the end of last year, I spent some time bumming around Italy, and one of my many stops was the Dainese headquarters in Vicenza, Italy. A company that is responsible for protecting many of the top motorcycle racers, as well as Yours Truly, Dainese is a company focused on safety, but this focus is really a bi-product of the Italian company’s thirst for competition.

Competition is of course about finding out who is the best, and at the pinnacle of that decision is finding out who is the Greatest of All Time, or G.O.A.T. And in motorcycle racing, when you think of the term “G.O.A.T.” two names come to mind: Giacomo Agostini and Valentino Rossi.

Motorcycle racing fans can debate well into the night as to which of these Italian racers is truly the greatest. Regardless who you pick though, both men are legends, and both men have been supported throughout their careers by Dainese.

That brings us back to my trip to Vicenza, because the battle between these two great riders continues, just not in the way you would suspect.

Past a few doors, one finds themselves in the Dainese warehouse and shipping department — a space belonging to two autonomous robots. True to the Dainese spirit (the marketers would probably call it the D-Spirit, no?), these robots can’t just be any ordinary machines. Fitted with liveries from Ago and The Doctor, Dainese’s warehouse is a new kind of race track.

Unloading palettes from a conveyor belt that attaches to a massive warehouse, “Rossi” and “Ago” take their loads to pre-determined spots on the warehouse floor, where they can be stored before they are shipped around the world.

Controlled by computers and sensors, the two machines make an interesting dance as they wind down their paths, dodge passers-by, and organize their floor space. For bonus points, they don’t have coffee breaks, they don’t have sick days, and they certainly don’t take the entire month of August off. In other words, they are every Italian CEO’s dream employee.

Who has moved the most palettes? Traveled the farthest? Lifted the most leather suits? The folks at Dainese won’t say — like the debate surrounding the G.O.A.T. status, we will leave it up to your own opinions to decide.

Factory Tour: Agostini vs. Rossi   Its Not What You Think Dainese Warehouse Agostini 635x421

Factory Tour: Agostini vs. Rossi   Its Not What You Think Dainese Warehouse racks 635x421

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Photos: © 2013 Jensen Beeler / Asphalt & Rubber – Creative Commons – Attribution 3.0

Comment:

  1. TexusTim says:

    now thats funny

  2. exstrat says:

    If only Dainese gear made for the pro’s actually equated to gear made for the masses. Overpriced mass marketed p.o.s imo.

  3. Sander says:

    Goat possible but check the history books my friend.

    Although i respect the results bye ago and Rossi

    You overlook a major player who in fact has 12+1 and some championships in the pocket.

    Ill let you do the research before i tell you its nieto.

    Tada
    S

  4. crshnbrn says:

    re: “Controlled by computers and sensors, the two machines make an interesting dance as they wind down their paths, dodge passers-by, and organize their floor space. For bonus points, they don’t have coffee breaks, they don’t have sick days, and they certainly don’t take the entire month of August off.”

    And they don’t get uptight over a “WLF” sticker in the workplace.

  5. Rob says:

    Nieto is not of the same caliber as Ago. Nieto raced in the 50cc and 125cc classes at the same time Ago was killing it in the 500 class. If Nieto was truly that great why didn’t he move up in class in his 20+ year career? To be the GOAT you should be competing at the very top level where there is no place to go but down.

  6. proudAmerican says:

    So where’s the young whipper-snapper Marquez robot that comes by, dragging its elbow on the ground?

    :-)

  7. Paul says:

    He’s an Alpinestars kid, not gonna feature in the Dainese factory, now is he? :p

  8. Singletrack says:

    The one and only GOAT of motorcycle racing is MX star, Ricky Carmichael. From the bio on his website:

    “In 2002, … he won every moto he entered that season, going 24 for 24, and earning the first perfect season in U.S. motocross history…. and in 2004, Carmichael matched his perfect season in the AMA Motocross National series, once again winning all 24 motos of the season, but this time on a four-stroke CRF450R, instead of the two-stroke CR250R two years previous.”

    AMA MX was the highest level of competition in the world at that time. I don’t think any road racer has ever had a perfect season, let alone 2 of them within 3 years.