Moto GP: Yes­ter­day & To­day

Old Bike Australasia - - KAWASAKI Z900RS -

By Michael Scott 192 pages hard cover ISBN: 978 1 78739-023-2 RRP $37.93 Re­view copy from Pitstop Books 08 9322 5444 or www.pitstop.net.au Or­der code: 51015

First pub­lished in 2011 and now in its third edi­tion, this book by Lon­don-based Michael Scott, who has at­tended al­most ev­ery mo­tor­cy­cle grand prix since 1984 in his ca­pac­ity as one of the most re­spected jour­nal­ists in the sport, re­mains a great read. Although he wasn’t there in the early days of the world cham­pi­onships, Scott has a deep ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the achieve­ments of the le­gendary names. The book is put to­gether in an in­ter­est­ing way, with pen por­traits of rid­ers, tech­ni­cal ap­praisals and var­i­ous mile­stones all mixed to­gether, but which is very en­ter­tain­ing and easy to di­gest. Scott has man­aged to con­trast the old and the modern side by side through­out the book, and the com­par­isons in cir­cuit de­sign (and safety), rid­ing gear, and of course the mo­tor­cy­cles them­selves are fas­ci­nat­ing. The pho­to­graphs are out­stand­ing, not just from the old days but the more modern eras. This lat­est edi­tion was pub­lished in 2017 with some of the modern pho­to­graphs up­dated, and some of the ear­lier edi­tions mi­nor er­rors cor­rected – and Marc Mar­quez re­plac­ing Valentino Rossi on the front cover. Yes­ter­day’s rooster is to­day’s feather duster, per­haps?

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