MotoMatters.com is delighted to announce that we will be partnering with Motocourse, the bible of world championship motorcycle racing, to bring readers some highlights from the history of the sport. We will be regularly posting features from the early editions of Motocourse, to help bring some insight into the history of motorcycle racing, and how we got where we are today. There are some fascinating parallels to events in the present, and much to be learned from the past. If you enjoy these articles, Motocourse have editions available in their electronic archive and via their free iPad app.
This article is from the 1981/1982 edition, on the Transatlantic Trophy. That series saw the top riders from the USA riding against the cream of British talent, in a series of races held over the Easter weekend. The Transatlantic Trophy pitched names such as Kenny Roberts, Barry Sheene, Freddie Spencer, Randy Mamola, Wes Cooley, Steve Parrish, Joey Dunlop and Keith Huewen against one another. Here is veteran journalist and commentator Nick Harris' report on the 1981 races. As the article consists of a series of scans, click on the image to expand it to full size, then navigate through the pages by clicking on the right or left hand side of the images.
About Motocourse: Motocourse is the journal of record for motorcycle racing, and an essential part of any racing fan's library. Written, compiled and edited by Michael Scott, arguably the world's most respected Grand Prix journalist, the Motocourse annual contains race-by-race coverage from the MotoGP and World Superbike series, comprehensive chapters on the British and American Superbike championships, as well as reports from the Isle of Man TT, Northwest 200 and other road racing events. The annual also has a team-by-team review of MotoGP, together with reviews of the technology and political background of the sport of motorcycle racing.