MotoGP: The Illustrated History

Author(s): Michael Scott


MotoGP has a great past and a thrilling present and it is all celebrated here in this stunning volume, fully updated to include the amazing and tragic 2011 season. The daring exploits of race legends Valentino Rossi, Barry Sheene, Casey Stoner and John Surtees are all gloriously celebrated in "MotoGP: The Illustrated History". Packed with more than 150 stunning photographs, many of which have been rarely published, this authoritative and long-overdue illustrated history celebrates high performance motorbike racing since the start of the world championship in 1949. Each racing decade is dissected and discussed, as are the big incidents, top personalities and technological innovations. To complete the book, motorcycle racing's greatest names - including John Surtees, Giacomo Agostini, Kenny Roberts, Valentino Rossi and Casey Stoner - provide exclusive personal insights and accounts of what it is like to race at speeds of 180mph. "MotoGP: The Illustrated History" uniquely conveys the exhilarating spirit of this popular sport.


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"A great read and look back at some of the classic racing seasons." (Daily Express)"

Michael Scott has been a motoring journalist for 40 years, and has specialised in motorcycle grand prix racing, attending almost every GP, since 1984. As well as contributing to magazines worldwide, including Japan, the USA, Australia, India and much of Europe, he has been Editor of SuperBike Magazine and Road Racer. He is the author of a several books including the critically acclaimed Wayne Rainey - His Own Story and MotoGP: The Illustrated History and The 500cc World Champions: Kings of the Road Race. He lives in south-west London.

Chapter 1: 1949-1958 Birth of the Series (interviews with Geoff Duke and John Surtees); Chapter 2: 1959-1968 Japan and the First Golden Age (interviews with Giacomo Agostini and Jim Redman); Chapter 3: 1969-1978 The Two-Stroke Takeover (interviews with Phil Read and Kenny Roberts); Chapter 4: 1979-1988 The Rooster-Tail Americans Hit Town (interviews with Wayne Gardner and Wayne Rainey); Chapter 5: 1989-1998 Beyond the Golden Age (interviews with Kevin Schwantz and Mick Doohan); Chapter 6: 1999-2011 Catharthis and Computers (interviews with Valentino Rossi and Casey Stoner); Chequered Flag; MotoGP records.

General Fields

  • : 9781780971001
  • : Carlton Books Ltd
  • : Carlton Books Ltd
  • : August 2012
  • : 280mm X 230mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : December 2012
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Michael Scott
  • : Paperback
  • : 1
  • : 796.75
  • : 256
  • : 150 colour & black & white photographs