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Valentino Rossi: MotoGenius [Paperback]

Mat Oxley
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21 April 2006
Now published as a mass-market paperback, the fourth edition of this best-selling book includes a complete new chapter and photographs to cover the 2005 season and Rossi's fifth consecutive MotoGP title. After quitting the dominant Honda factory at the end of 2003 for the unfancied Yamaha outfit, Rossi proved that he could still quell the opposition. Beating off the Honda hordes, the popular Italian left his former bosses with seriously red faces. Rossi's achievements on the Yamaha have stunned even the sport's most cynical observers, convincing them that here is indeed the greatest bike rider ever.

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: J H Haynes & Co Ltd; 4th Revised edition edition (21 April 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844253465
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844253463
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 12.8 x 19.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 775,869 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A former motorcycle racer and Isle of Man TT winner, Mat Oxley has been writing about bike racing for more than two decades and is the author of Haynes' acclaimed biography of Mick Doohan. He lives in London.

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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At last - more than a picture book 24 July 2002
By A Customer
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After all the Valentino Rossi picture books, it's wonderful to actually have something to read. Oh yes, there are pictures - wonderful pictures - but the charm of this book is the way Oxley spins the marvellous story of this phenomenally talented young man, from his earliest days riding minimotos and karting, right up to the start of his title defence on the new Honda four-stoke MotoGP machine this year. Oxley knows his stuff, and the book features quotes from interviews with Rossi himself, his father Graziano (himself no mean bike racer) and Jeremy Burgess, the man who engineered Rossi's 500cc championship last year.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Rossi Lover's Bible 4 Oct 2003
By A Customer
I had been following Valentino Rossi for only 3 months when I bought this book, but after finishing it, I felt as if I had known him all my life! The book tells the story of the world champion through amusing, yet strangely intense, text. Every page I would gasp at Rossi's incredible victories, both on the track and off. My heart bled as he shared sad stories of his past; and I laughed myself half to death reading of his efforts to master English swears.
Take my advice: whether you like Vale or are completely obsessed with him - you'll love this book. I myself am currently reading the book again (for the 4th time) and I never grow tired of Mat Oxley's words. Every page there's one of Vale's emotions that you can't help but share, and it drags you into the book; every page there's an amusing or emotionally deep quote. This book tells the story of the greatest racer of this generation and (as I percieve it) it's an absoluely flawless piece of writing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a wonderful book! 12 Jan 2004
By Isobel
What a wonderful book. A brilliantly written account of the career of the greatest rider of the current era (and quite probably ever). Mat Oxley clearly knows his subject extremely well and tells Valentino Rossi's story with affection and honesty.
The illustrations are brilliant, as well.
All in all, a great book, whether you are interested in motorcycle racing or not.
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3.0 out of 5 stars nice book big pictures 5 Feb 2009
Loads of great pictures and written in a chatty style, nice as a fanzine not for the stat freaks!!
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