Today we can report that the publisher wants to offer a copy of the book to one of our web site followers and so, to find a lucky recipient, we’ve come up with a ridiculously easy-to-win competition.
Break out the laptop and email us (email@example.com) a few words, 50 or less please, telling us why MotoGP is the best sport in the world.
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The penultimate MotoGP event of the 2023 season is in Qatar this weekend and next weekend the final and deciding round is the Spanish GP, at the Circuito de la Comunitat Valenciana.
It’d be nice and timely to announce a winner next weekend.
For your info, the book is written by Michael Scott, a motoring journalist for almost 40 years and he has specialised in motorcycle grand prix racing, attending almost every GP, since 1984 and, as such, he could likely be relied upon to know all that’s worth knowing about the MotoGP scene.
Kiwi heroes such as official “MotoGP Legend” Hugh Anderson (inducted in 2022), Ginger Molloy, Keith Turner, Kim Newcombe and Graeme Crosby received a mention in the book, sandwiched between interviews of some of the sport’s many great riders.
At a modest recommended retail price (in New Zealand) of just $69.99, this hefty 264-page chronicle is an ideal coffee table book and an excellent resource too.
Fully revised and updated for 2023, this illustrated history celebrates high performance motorbike racing since the start of the world championship in 1949.
The daring exploits of motorcycle race legends such as Valentino Rossi, Barry Sheene, Casey Stoner, Giacomo Agostini, Kenny Roberts, John Surtees, Wayne Rainey, ‘Fast’ Freddie Spencer, ‘Rocket’ Ron Haslam, Wayne Gardner, Eddie Lawson, Kevin Schwantz, Mick Doohan, Jorge Lorenzo and Marc Marquez are all gloriously celebrated in MotoGP: The Illustrated History.
Packed with more than 150 stunning photographs, this authoritative and long-overdue illustrated history celebrates high performance motorbike racing since the start of the world championship in 1949.
Fully revised and updated for 2023.
The authoritative illustrated history of high-performance motorcycle racing from 1949 to the present day.
Contains exclusive contributions from the greatest names in the history of the sport, including former world champions Casey Stoner (Australia), Valentino Rossi (Italy), Nicky Hayden (USA), Kenny Roberts (USA) and John Surtees (UK).
MotoGP is watched in more than 200 countries with an audience of around 420 million television viewers during the course of the season.
As well as contributing to magazines worldwide, including Japan, the USA, Australia, India and much of Europe, author Michael Scott has edited SuperBike Magazine and Road Racer. He is the author of several books, including the critically-acclaimed Wayne Rainey – His Own Story and MotoGP: The Illustrated History. He lives in Wimbledon, London.
Table of Contents:
Introduction – 1949-1958 Birth of the Series (Interviews with Geoff Duke and John Surtees) – 1959-1968 Japan and the First Golden Age (Interviews with Giacomo Agostini and Jim Redman) – 1969-1978 The Two-Stroke Takeover (interviews with Phil Read and Kenny Roberts) – 1979-1988 The Rooster-Tail Americans Hit Town (interviews with Wayne Gardner and Wayne Rainey) – 1989-1998 Beyond the Golden Age (interviews with Kevin Schwantz and Mick Doohan) – 1999-2008 Catharthis and Computers (interviews with Valentino Rossi and Casey Stoner) – 2009-Present Youth Comes to the Fore (interviews with Marc Marquez and Cal Crutchlow) – Chequered Flag – MotoGP records.
Key details about the book:
Published: October 2023
Price: NZ $69.99
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