In this book I am presenting three views of the world championship motocross. First, photos from the 2018 season where we enjoyed an incredible year witnessing the rise of Jorge Prado and maybe the fastest grand prix racer ever, Jeffrey Herlings.
There is also more to the grand prix racing than action photos. The additional challenge riders face with new countries and cultures, different languages and even new foods. Are the fans in far away locations the same as us? How do the tracks compare with the classics like Namur, Loket and Lommel? In my work I spent as much or more time off the track and in the crowds as I did in the first corner, and with it, I'm presenting a new view of motocross.
Did you know that Harry Everts was born with Polio and kids in the neighbourhood made fun of him growing up? Or that his son, Stefan Everts, the greatest world champion of all time, simply wanted to better his father's record of four world championships? How does David Thorpe, the three time 500cc world champion, feel today about being called the world's fastest novice by the Americans? What was Joel Smets's secret for starting motocross at 17 years old and still winning five world championships?
Through lengthy interviews at home with these greats, I also probe their beliefs on how one can become a world champion in the first place. The result of these interviews is a sensational insight into the minds of champions and a roadmap for your own ambitions, whatever they may be.
Covering 15 rounds of the series saw me travel 80,000 kilometers through 24 countries and 3 continents. Along the way I wrote books of notes describing what I saw and experienced in these far flung locales.
My goal with these three views is to give you a deeper understanding of what the grand prix series is really like today and to understand the mind of champions. After all the effort to make this I am happy with how the book has turned out and I believe you will be too.
Thank you for your interest in my work and enjoy the book!
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Excerpt: "Will to Victory is the most impressive motocross book I have ever seen. It is a massive effort, nearly 300 pages, packed not only with excellent race photos, but also essays, interviews, profiles, and more."
"Our MX book collection here at Racer X is pretty big and extensive, from the Gianni Prandi’s World Cross Annuals of the 1980s to Simon Cudby’s American Motocrossseries of the 2000s; from the late Pat Boulland’s Images Du Motocross to the late Terry Pratt’s masterpiece on the 1972 season called Grand Prix Motocross, and everything in between. Roddy MacLeod’s Will to Victory is a step above, both in size and quality, as the paper alone is the stuff of a museum art book.
Will to Victory is a great big beautiful book. It belongs in your moto library or on your coffee table—you will go back to it time and again. Congratulations to Roddy MacLeod on a job well done."
Excerpt: "The first thing that hits you when you see the book is the size – it’s big! And it has to be with the quality of photos on offer, they are superb.
A mix of on-track action, behind the scenes with factory riders and a fan’s perspective, all angles are covered through Roddy Macleod’s lens of the most prestigious motocross championship in the world, MXGP.
Roddy MacLeod has done a superb job with this book, it is a must have for any motocross fan and most definitely a collector’s item that can provide a historical backdrop of the sport for future generations."
Gatedrop.com asks Roddy MacLeod about his start in photography, his goals for the book and what surprised him during the 2018 grand prix season. They also talk about MacLeod's award winning cover on Racer X Illustrated magazine.
MXVice.com was the first online platform to get enthusiastic about my new book and they did an interview with me back at the grand prix of Turkey. Lewis Philips and I walked the track while he asked me questions about the book, what I'm doing and my history in the sport. Go on over to mxvice.com and give them a read...
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