MX: The Way of the Motocrosser

Overview

Motocross—which involves competitors navigating their exotic motorcycles over tortuous terrain, including double- and triple-jumps, whoops, tabletops, hills, rocks, mud, dust, and anything else that Mother Nature can throw at them—is massively popular. In the United States alone, more than 1.2 million fans attended the AMA Supercross and National Motocross Championship Series in 2002. The sport has also generated an IMAX film, best-selling video games, and regular programming on...
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Overview

Motocross—which involves competitors navigating their exotic motorcycles over tortuous terrain, including double- and triple-jumps, whoops, tabletops, hills, rocks, mud, dust, and anything else that Mother Nature can throw at them—is massively popular. In the United States alone, more than 1.2 million fans attended the AMA Supercross and National Motocross Championship Series in 2002. The sport has also generated an IMAX film, best-selling video games, and regular programming on ABC and ESPN.

MX: The Way of the Motocrosser is a photo-driven essay that documents this explosive sport, its major personalities—including Jeremy "Showtime" McGrath, X Games champion Travis Pastrana, and record-shattering champion Ricky Carmichael—and the subculture that surrounds the pro circuit. This extreme trek through the world of motocross will be sought after by every follower of the sport and offers a great introduction to this rapidly growing phenomenon for new fans.


About the Author:
Still in its infant stages, Racer X Illustrated magazine has a loyal monthly readership of 90,000 and growing. Editor in chief Davey Coombs in one of the most well-known and respected figures in the motocross industry. He also serves as a racing commentator for ESPN and ABC Sports. He lives in Morgantown, West Virginia.

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA
This book makes the most of its coffee-table format. Hundreds of captioned photographs, including some incredible double-page spreads, complement the text and allow the reader visual access to the world of motocross. Readers can learn about the evolution of the sport and fourteen of its greatest stars, but the photographs are what will make a teen browse through this book while sitting in his or her favorite library chair. The text is informative, with some good anecdotes and quotes thrown into the mix, but overall the writers fail to capture the excitement of the sport. The text, however, is clearly not the main focus of the book, and the photographs are what will enable teens to feel the raw energy and power that motocross generates. The authors are definitely experts on motocross and highly qualified to write the book. The short biographies of the sport's biggest names are much more readable than the bland history lesson at the beginning. The quotes from the riders will help teens to identify with them. For example, motocross rider Mark Larocco states in his biography, "I was actually pretty comfortable as an outsider, and because of that I never tried to fit in or get noticed." This book is clearly not for every library and is one that might be perused quite often without ever being checked out. Larger libraries will want to purchase it if extreme sports or motocross are popular among their teen patrons. VOYA Codes: 3Q 2P S A/YA (Readable without serious defects; For the YA with a special interest in the subject; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12; Adult-marketed book recommended for Young Adults). 2003, Harry N. Abrams, 160p.; Photos., PLB. Ages 15 to Adult.
—DavidGoodale
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810942721
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/7/2003
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 1,302,546
  • Product dimensions: 8.75 (w) x 10.75 (h) x 0.75 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2003

    explosive!

    Davey comes thru like no other that the sport has witnessed in it's 35 plus years in the states.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2003

    Great Book for any MX fan!

    Hey guys, i think this book is awsome!! The pix are great. Thanx Davey

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