MotoGP is the top class of Grand Prix motorcycle racing and, since it began in 2002 as the Formula One of motorcycling it has seen the emergence of some of the most powerful bikes ever raced. For years the top class of Grand Prix motorcycle racing was all about prototype 500cc two-strokes, but the need for bike manufacturers to develop four-stroke ideas led to the creation of the MotoGP Championship and a new breed of fire-breathing, 260bhp 990cc four- strokes.
Providing new insight into the design of racing motorcycles, MotoGP Technology (Second Edition) is a review and analysis of those bikes, the factories that made them, the teams that raced them and the technologies that have matured with them. This is also the definitive technical history of the first eight years of the MotoGP class, both the earlier 990cc and, from 2007, the 800cc versions, from its initial muffled outings to the 200mph missiles now raced by, amongst others, Valentino Rossi, Jorge Lorenzo, Casey Stoner, Dani Pedrosa and Loris Capirossi. Further chapters expose the important aspects of MotoGP technology, setting out the advances and limitations of racing motorcycle design. With superb colour photographs and illustrations throughout, MotoGP Technology (Second Edition) provides a fascinating insight into how the bike factories compete at the very top of the game.
Neil Spalding has followed MotoGP for the last eight years, photographing the bikes in the pit lane and, using unrivalled access to all the development engineers and crew chiefs to gather information, recording their development race by race. Neil writes about MotoGP technology for a selection of magazines and newspapers throughout the world. A former club racer, he also runs Sigma Performance, a supplier of racing slipper clutches for motorcycles. When not travelling the world, Neil can be found wandering the back roads of Kent and Sussex on one of his eclectic collection of motorcycles, which includes several Ducatis, a quite seriously tuned Multistrada, a Triumph T160 Trident and a Motobi 250.
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