A stunning photographic celebration of the history of MotoGP - touring through the sports iconic riders, bikes and teams and culminating with a special chapter on the World Superbikes.
Since the 1980s the Motor GP World Championships has grown exponentially into an international, big-money, high-intensity sport with super stars such as Valentino Rossi becoming household names. MotorGP is divided into four parts, each of which moves chronologically through the sports history: the iconic riders and their rivalries; the manufacturers teams and their superlative bikes, and the infamous Circuits, testing man and machine in equal measure.
As well as, as section devoted to the rise of World Superbikes. Stunning photography capturing the speed and glory of race days as well as intimate portraits of the racers and their bikes is brought together to present a striking and beautiful celebration of one of motorsports most gruelling pioneering and high-speed sports.
About the Author
Phil Wain has been a freelance motorcycle journalist for almost fifteen years and is features writer for a number of publications including BikeSport News and Classic Racer, having also been a regular contributor to Motor Cycle News, MCN Sport, Irish Racer and Motorcycle Racer. Between 2004 and 2010, Phil was the PR Officer for Guy Martin between 2004 and 2010. He currently occupies the same role for a number of teams at both the British Superbike Championship and International road races, including 23-times TT winner John McGuinness, Macau Grand Prix and North West 200 legend Michael Rutter, JG Speedfit Kawasaki and Smiths Racing BMW.
Phil is also heavily involved with the organisation of the Isle of Man TT Races, for whom he writes all the official press releases and race reports and provides ITV4 with statistical information. Phil is author of the bestselling book Guy Martin: Portrait of a Bike Legend and co-author, with Rick Broadbent, of Barry Sheene: The Official Photographic Celebration of the Legendary Motorcycle Champion.
Section 1 - the history of the World Championship
An overview of when, why and how the World Motorcycle Championships were formed in 1949
The dominance of British riders and manufacturers in the 1950s
The arrival of the Italian manufacturers
The Japanese invasion of the 1960s
The change in the sport in the 1970s, moving away from public road circuits to man-made short circuits
The arrival of the Americans
Section 2- the 1980s
An overview of the World Championship in the 1980s, focusing on the 500cc class and the dominance of American riders but also looking at the smaller classes and how Spain and Italy reigned supreme.
The Rivalries Kenny Roberts - Barry Sheene Anton Mang - Jon Ekerold Kenny Roberts - Freddie Spencer Freddie Spencer - Eddie Lawson Eddie Lawson - Wayne Gardner Eddie Lawson - Wayne Rainey Wayne Rainey - Kevin Schwantz
The Riders - as above plus Franco Uncini Marco Lucchinelli Randy Mamola Ron Haslam Carlos Lavado Sito Pons Juan Garriga Luca Cadalora Angel Nieto Christian Sarron Niall Mackenzie Rob McElnea John Kocinski
Teams Gallina Suzuki HB Suzuki/HB Honda Marlboro Yamaha Gauloises Yamaha Lucky Strike Yamaha Rothmans Honda Pepsi Suzuki
Section Three - the 1990s
An overview of the World Championship in the 1990s, focusing on the 500cc class and the dominance of Michael Doohan and Australia; the retirement of the American greats; the lack of British riders; the emergence of mainland Europe as a force in 500cc racing; the change in riding styles; the threat from World Superbikes
The Rivalries Kevin Schwantz - Wayne Rainey Michael Doohan - Max Biaggi Michael Doohan - Alex Criville Alex Criville - Kenny Roberts jnr
The riders Eddie Lawson Wayne Gardner John Kocinski Doug Chandler Tadayuki Okada Daryl Beattie Luca Cadalora Alex Barros Carlos Checa
Teams Marlboro Yamaha Rothmans Honda Repsol Honda Lucky Strike Suzuki Movistar Suzuki Cagiva Red Bull Yamaha
Section Four - the 2000s
An overview of the World Championship in the 2000s, the move away from two-strokes to four-strokes; the emergence, dominance and longevity of Valentino Rossi; the hierarchy/promotion from Moto3 to Moto2 and then MotoGP; the demise of the USA as a force in MotoGP
Rivalries Kenny Roberts jnr - Valentino Rossi Valentino Rossi - Max Biaggi Valentino Rossi - Sete Gibernau Valentino Rossi - Casey Stoner Valentino Rossi - Jorge Lorenzo Valentino Rossi - Marc Marquez Carlos Checa Loris Capirossi Nicky Hayden Colin Edwards Dani Pedrosa Maverick Vinales Cal Crutchlow Andrea Dovizioso Troy Bayliss James Toseland
Teams Marlboro Yamaha Red Bull Yamaha Repsol Honda Camel Honda Gresini Honda Aprilia Racing Team KR Pons Honda Movistar Suzuki Marlboro Ducati Fiat Yamaha
Section Five - the circuits
An overview of the race circuits used in the World Championship, looking at the road circuits used in the 1950s and 1960s (e.g. TT, Ulster GP, Nurburgring) and how the calendar expanded from Europe-based to North/South America, Asia, Australasia and Africa; the dominance of Spanish and Italian circuits on the calendar; a focus on Assen in Holland, the only circuit to be used every year since 1949 Donington Park (1980s-Present) Silverstone (1980s-Present) Assen (1980s-Present) Spa (1980-1990) Salzburgring (1980-1990) Paul Ricard (1980-1990) Le Mans (1990-Present) Nurburgring (1980-1990s) Hockenheim (1980-1990s) Sachsenring (1997-Present) Jerez (1987-Present) Valencia/Catalunya/Aragon Misano (1980s-Present) Mugello (mid-1990s-Present) Phillip Island (1989-Present) Laguna Seca (1988-2000s) Indianapolis (2000s-Present)
Section Six - World and British Superbikes
A look at the World and British Superbike Championships, especially the former which started out as a retirement home' for former MotoGP riders, then became a bigger, more popular series than MotoGP, and is now effectively a feeder series to MotoGP
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 24th October 2018
Publisher: White Lion Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 29.0 x 24.7
Weight (kg): 1.37