In motorcycle racing, there is one prize above all others. The crown of crowns is every racer's dream.
From the dawn of modern Grand Prix racing in 1949 to MotoGP of the new millennium, the series has picked out the best of the best. Just one man each year earns the right to call himself World Champion. There have been only 24. This book celebrates six decades of these champions, with the vivid life stories of everyone.
Lavishly illustrated pen portraits bring to life the great names of the 500cc class - Geoff Duke, John Surtees, Mike Hailwood, Giacomo Agostini... And there are also half-forgotten heroes, like bomber pilot Les Graham, the first winner, and tragic genius Gary Hocking.
Great rivals - Kenny Roberts and Freddie Spencer, Wayne Rainey and Kevin Schwantz - share the stage with serial champions Eddie Lawson and Mick Doohan, and modern MotoGP masters Valentino Rossi and Casey Stoner.
Illustrated with more than 250 dramatic and historic photographs, many published here for the first time, this book is a fitting tribute to six decades of personal achievement in the most exciting motor sport of all.
About the Author
Author Michael Scott has covered motorcycle GP racing first-hand for more than 20 years, and written about racing for years before that. Author of more than 15 books and Editor of the prestigious annual Motocourse, Scott is on first-name terms with most of the people in this book. In this redesigned, greatly expanded edition, his expert analysis puts the championship in context and highlights the glamorous and powerful machines, while personal anecdotes and insights recall the exploits of the winners, and the losers.
|Foreword by 2006 World Champion Nicky Hayden||p. 6|
|What Makes a Champion?||p. 10|
|The Formula||p. 14|
|Les Graham - First Champion and First-Class Gentleman||p. 20|
|Umberto Masetti - Erratic Genius Who Was Scared of Bikes||p. 26|
|Geoff Duke - Icon Who Set the Standard and Upped the Pace||p. 30|
|John Surtees - It All Became a Bit of a Cakewalk||p. 38|
|Libero Liberati - The Humble Man Who Challenged a Duke||p. 46|
|Gary Hocking - Tough Colonial With a Case Full of Dreams||p. 50|
|Mike Hailwood - Genial Hero With a Giant Sense of Duty||p. 56|
|Giacomo Agostini - Opposed or Alone, Ago was the Biggest Winner||p. 64|
|Phil Read - The Team-Mate From Hell||p. 74|
|Barry Sheene - Charismatic Winner Who Transcended His Sport||p. 84|
|Kenny Roberts - The Maverick Who Started and American Era||p. 94|
|Marco Lucchinelli - Lucky Out-Rode and Out-Partied Them All||p.104|
|Franco Uncini - Intelligent Racer With the Gift of Tact||[.110|
|Freddie Spencer - Dazzling Star Who Fell To Earth||p.116|
|Eddie Lawson - Steady Progress From Crucible to Crowns||p.124|
|Wayne Gardner - Digging For Vitory in a Golden Age||p.134|
|Wayne Rainey - Golden Genius Who Could Never Be Satisfied||p.140|
|Kevin Schwantz - Sixth Time Lucky For This Fragile Giant||p.152|
|Mich Doohan - 'What Do You Want Me To Do - Slow Down?'||p.162|
|Alex Criville - The Quiet Conquistador||p.170|
|Kenny Roberts Jnr - Famous Name, But a Different Kind of Kenny||p.174|
|Valentino Rossi - Ruthless Charmer Who Linked Two Eras||p.180|
|Nicky Hayden - Dirt-Track Graduate Who Forced Rossi To Blink||p.194|
|Casey Stoner - Rags-To-Riches Champion Who Didn't Want To Wait||p.204|
|The Nearly Men - Dashed Hopes, and Glory Snatched Away||p.214|
|Appendix One: The champion bikes||p.218|
|Appendix Two: Roll of Honour||p.220|
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Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 20th March 2008
Dimensions (cm): 29.0 x 23.8 x 2.4
Weight (kg): 1.209