Italian company Panini, famous for its football sticker album collections, has revealed that its first ever release of a MotoGP trading card collection will take place later this month.

Officially licensed by Dorna Sports for international distribution, the collection, which will be launched in several countries, includes hundreds of vibrant action images of MotoGP, 250cc and 125cc riders and their bikes, along with fascinating facts and information about the championship and all of the circuits which make up the 16-round calendar.

All the top current riders are included in the collection, with statistics on their riding careers, personal information and sporting achievements. There are also commemorative cards of some of the key moments from the 2002 season - the first year of four-stroke 990cc prototype machines in the MotoGP World Championship - making the set a unique collectors piece through which to remember a golden era for grand prix motorcycle racing.

Collectors and fans alike will be able to collect all of their favourite images including all-time legends such as Giacomo Agostini, Kenny Roberts, John Surtees and Mick Doohan, specially printed on gold embossed cards. Panini will be actively promoting the MotoGP cards via newsagents and at different events across the globe.