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The World Championship Story Race-by-Race: 1950-2011
by Roger Smith

This collection of memories, interviews and experiences – first published in 2008 – is a feast of biking stories on characters such as Wayne Rainey and Valentino Rossi.

Our columnist, who won the 250cc production TT in 1985, has been writing about bikes and bikers for over 20 years and has gathered together a selection of pieces he has written for magazines. The result is a must for any bike enthusiast. When Motor Sport first reviewed the book we described it as “a crackingly entertaining book” that was “full of great stories”. It still is, and the mixture of interviews and personal experiences makes for a well-balanced read.

If only Formula 1 drivers were as mad as some of the bikers past and present – it would certainly make F1 books more colourful. EF

Published by Haynes Publishing, ISBN 978 0 857331 44 1, £12.99