By: Hazleton Publishing .
Motor cycle racing has never been better than it was in 2003. It has also seldom been worse, serial tragedy underscoring a year of true drama.
The Grand Prix series enjoyed record crowds, who were enthralled by some of the closest racing ever, as the big new four-strokes came back one year older and faster.
With the MotoGP ranks swollen by red Ducatis and lime green Kawasakis, Valentino Rossi had to ride harder than ever to secure his third title. Then, sensationally, the Italian superstar jumped ship!
First time World Champion Neil Hodgson brought the Superbike trophy back to its spiritual home in Britain. His record was beyond reproach, but the series had plunged into controversy by year's end.
In Britain and America, the national racing series were thriving. But the year was marred by two racing fatalities and the deaths of two more heroes. Not only did racing lose all time hero Barry Sheene, but also the TT was made tragic by the death of its fastest rider, David Jefferies.
Motocourse records the full drama of 2003 first hand. Its in depth reporting is illuminated by some of the best photographs in the world.