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Book Review: Valentino Rossi Autobiography

  Posted at 10:10:49 AM
  File under  Books Racing
  Author: Mike Werner
  Location: Normandy, France

You start out asking yourself how a 20-something can write an autobiography. Is it going to be a book that tells you "I came there, I raced there, I won there", and then details of every race he won ? Or is it a book that goes on ad nauseam on how his childhood prepared him for stardom ?

Well, Valentino Rossi's book "What if I had never tried it" is neither. A very large portion of the book is based on his transfer from Honda to Yamaha, and the troubles it caused. He really tells you the way he thinks, no thoughts spared. You can maybe come away from reading the book that Rossi is arrogant, or even childish, but when you read it, you got to remember who we're talking about. This is after all the "kid" that has won 7 world championships ! He has every right to think (and say) that he's the best ! He doesn't need to prove himself !

Rossi writes a bit about his feud with Biaggi, and also a page or two about the Ferrari experience. In his few pages about his childhood, the really funny thing is the mention by one of his teachers, that he'd never make a livelihood from motorcycles, so better study...

Once you finish the book, you'll come away with the view that Rossi is driven !! He's driven to perfection, no prisoners !! Coming in 2nd in a race is the equivalent of losing, so for him he'll push to the limit. Even if it means falling, to him, it's winning or nothing !

The book is well written, or should I say translated. It's an easy read, and has quite a lot of photos. It gives you a very good view of the behind the scenes of the MotoGP world.

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