Top positive review
Inside view of Motorbike racing
on 14 February 2012
In many ways, this book would merit 5 stars, but it falls a bit short in the literary sense. I wanted to read a book that would serve to put Mark Gardiner`s excellent Riding Man in perspective. I needed to read something by/about a rider with great natural talent, that took a seat-of-the-pants approach to racing. Exactly the case of Rocket Ron. The book is written in a pleasant, direct manner, and Ron strikes the right balance in being proud of his achievements, confident in his ability without coming across as conceited. Towards the end, we get treated to an account of Ron`s son Leon`s career so far. This is where the book`s editing gets a little strange, as Ron recounts some incident or other, and then, to give us a different perspective, has Leon write a few pages or so so that we get his version, straight from the horse`s mouth. It works, but it`s a bit bizarre, particularly as the first 80% of the book is very much a first hand account, without people chipping with their views. I enjoyed it very much, however, and highly recommend it to anyone who`s interested in motorbike racing.