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Valentino Rossi: Portrait of a Speed God Hardcover – 22 Sep 2006


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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: J H Haynes & Co Ltd; 2nd Revised edition edition (22 Sept. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844253473
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844253470
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 1.8 x 28 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,123,318 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 By A Customer on 24 July 2002
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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 By A Customer on 4 Oct. 2003
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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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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Isobel on 12 Jan. 2004
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Keith Hick on 5 Feb. 2009
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Loads of great pictures and written in a chatty style, nice as a fanzine not for the stat freaks!!
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I bought this for my other half who's a big 46 Rossi fan - good book, kept him quiet and he read it over and over. One tip - don't allow into the bedroom or your love life may have to give way to The Doctor for a while!
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