With just one more day to go until Christmas, time is running out to find the perfect gift for the motorcycle racing fan in your life. Fortunately, there are still a few options left open to you. Some, you will be able to present to your loved one on the day itself, others may not arrive in time for Christmas, but you can be certain they will be a massive success for the diehard motorcycle racing fan. Below are eight options for when the shops are shut:
Often referred to in the paddock as the Bible of motorcycle racing, the Motocourse annual is an almost compulsory purchase for any serious motorcycle racing fan. Compiled by veteran Grand Prix reporter Michael Scott, the Motocourse annual contains a race-by-race review of the MotoGP and World Superbike seasons, a technical review of the MotoGP machines, and in-depth articles explaining the background to all of the big events in the world of motorcycle racing. The AMA and BSB series are also covered, as well as the Irish and international road racing scene.
The annual is available at Amazon and other sellers, but anyone buying the book directly from the Motocourse website will also receive a bonus worth the purchase price alone: access to Motocourse's online archive of historic editions, currently featuring the years 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981 and 2010. The online archive is also available as a separate digitial subscription, giving access to the same historic editions.
Price: GBP 35 for the 2012 Motocourse Annual, GBP 25 for the online subscription.
More information: The Motocourse website
MotoGP Season Review by Julian Ryder
For a more in-depth view focusing solely on MotoGP, there is Julian Ryder's MotoGP Season Review 2012. The Season Review, published by leading automotive publisher Haynes, covers MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3, and features 8 pages of in-depth coverage of each race weekend, as well as analysis of the technology and background in the series by top writers such as Peter Clifford and Mat Oxley. One of the nicest features of the book is the statistics and figures page for each race, such as this one for the final round at Valencia.
The MotoGP Season Review 2012 is available on most major book seller sites, as well as directly from Haynes. The nice thing about the Haynes website is that it shows several example pages in PDF, giving you a very good feel for the content of the annual.
Price: GBP 30
More information: The Haynes website
MotoMatters 2013 Motorcycle Racing Calendar
No motorcycle racing fan cave is complete without a MotoMatters Motorcycle Racing Calendar. This year, the calendar is bigger and better, and as always features the very best of Scott Jones' stunning photography from 2012. Below each photo is a short summary of the featured rider's year, and the most essential planning tool for any race fan: the calendar, with a complete listing of MotoGP and World Superbike events for the current month. The calendar also features listings for the birthdays of many of the top riders of both series, as well as the legends of motorcycle racing such as Kevin Schwantz and Giacomo Agostini.
The calendar is available from the MotoMatters.com store, where you can also order older calendars or take out a subscription. Though the calendar is unlikely to reach you in time for Christmas, you can download and print our PDF gift voucher to give, while you wait for the calendar to arrive. The proceeds from the calendar help to support the site, and send David Emmett and Scott Jones around the world to report on MotoGP and World Superbikes.
Price: $27.95 plus shipping, or $15.95 for readers who support the site through a subscription.
More information: The MotoMatters.com store
Personalized Autographed Cal Crutchlow Prints From Scott Jones
Though the MotoMatters.com calendar is a beautiful showcase for Scott Jones' outstanding photographic talent, it does make you hungry for more. Fortunately, Scott has plenty more to offer. Alongside the normal fare of superbly produced photographic prints, Scott also offers something very special indeed for the dedicated motorcycle racing fan. Scott has been able to partner with Cal Crutchlow to produce personalized and autographed prints of Scott's photos of the British star. You have the opportunity to select your own favorite shot of Crutchlow from Scott's extensive online archive, and have Crutchlow sign and dedicate it to you personally. This is truly a very unique gift for that special MotoGP fan.
In addition to the special Crutchlow offer, Scott also has two very special signed limited edition prints indeed: one of Casey Stoner, coming over Lukey Heights at Phillip Island, and one of Kenny Roberts, riding the fire-breathing TZ750 dirt track bike, in both 2009 and 1979.
Price: Varies, contact Scott for details
Honda MotoGP Photo Journal
For the hardcore Honda fan, who wants only photos of the riders on his favorite brand, Honda Racing Corporation have produced their own photo review of 2012. The hardcover book features a selection of photographs from all 18 MotoGP race weekends, and being produced by Honda, focuses entirely on the exploits of Repsol Honda riders Casey Stoner and Dani Pedrosa. Along with stunning photographs of the on-track action, the book also features a host of behind-the-scenes photos taken throughout the 2012 season. It is a history in pictures of how Stoner, Pedrosa and Honda fared throughout 2012, and a great souvenir of Casey Stoner's final year in MotoGP.
More information: On the HRC MotoGP page on Blurb
Andrew Wheeler Gift Certificate
If the motorcycle racing fan in your life is particularly fussy about who they have hanging on their walls, then the ideal option is a gift certificate. MotoGP photographic genius Andrew Wheeler is offering a range of gift certificates which can be used to buy prints of any of his photos, or some of the especially produced photo books he has produced, on Marco Simoncelli and on Casey Stoner. Wheeler has been shooting for many years now, and has shot MotoGP, World Superbikes and the AMA series, so if you are looking for an iconic shot of Ben Spies or Mat Mladin, a photo of Max Biaggi, or a print of the legendary Rossi/Stoner incident at the Corkscrew at Laguna Seca, Andrew Wheeler has it.
If Wheeler's luxuriant style is not what you are looking for, you could also try one of the many other photographers working in the MotoGP paddock. Apart from our very own Scott Jones, of course, you could try Cormac Ryan Meenan, Martin Heath, or for more intimate portraits, Niki Kovacs.
Price: $125, $250 and $500
More information: Andrew Wheeler's Automotophoto website
Double Red British Superbike Book
If the Motocourse coverage of BSB is a little too sparse for you, then you have an alternative. Photographic agency Double Red produce their own season review of the British Superbike series, one of the most exciting racing series on the planet. The book features race reports for each round by Larry Carter, as well as extensive photography by Double Red's shooters. With such iconic names as Nori Haga and Shakey Byrne racing in the series, this is a must-have for any BSB fan. Double red also produce a photo review book of the FIM Endurance Championship, featuring photos from every round of the series, including the legendary Le Mans 24 hour race and the Bol D'Or.
Price: GBP 30
More information: the Double Red online store
MotoGP Season Review DVDs
Want to relive the highlights of the 2012 MotoGP season once again, and go over the races with a fine-tooth comb, to see what really happened? Then the official MotoGP season review DVDs are for you. The MotoGP season review takes an in-depth look at the 2012 MotoGP season, retelling the story of the class once the bikes returned to their full 1000cc glory. There is a separate Moto2 and Moto3 season review, covering the epic battle between Marc Marquez and Pol Espargaro in Moto2, motorcycle racing's most exciting class, and the brand new and extremely successful Moto3 class, which quickly established itself in the hearts of racing fans. Along with the main season reviews, Duke have a series of other MotoGP-related products, as well as videos of BSB and roadracing, including the legendary documentary Closer To The Edge, about the 2010 Isle of Man TT.
Price: GBP 14.99 for MotoGP 2012, GBP 12.98 for Moto2/Moto3
More information: The Duke MotoGP DVD website