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5.0 out of 5 stars The power and the glory.
Standing alone, this book is brilliant, bringing the adrenalin of a mercurial sport right out onto the page. The scenarios change swiftly, almost from fortnight to fortnight in present day Moto GP, with riders falling like skittles from the top ranks to make way for rookies and returning has-beens alike. Broadbent has somehow managed to press the pause button allowing us...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good read: enthusiastically written but badly edited
This book is a great insight into MotoGP and the sometimes great, someimes dubious characters that inhabit the sport. Broadbent's inside-track contacts and knowledge are used to excellent effect giving the reader a real three dimensional view of Rossi, Biaggi, et al. If all you know about MotoGP is what you see on the telly on a Sunday afternoon then this book will...
Published on 14 Nov 2009 by Brian Martin


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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The power and the glory., 6 Aug 2009
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Standing alone, this book is brilliant, bringing the adrenalin of a mercurial sport right out onto the page. The scenarios change swiftly, almost from fortnight to fortnight in present day Moto GP, with riders falling like skittles from the top ranks to make way for rookies and returning has-beens alike. Broadbent has somehow managed to press the pause button allowing us a glimpse of the skills, risks, danger, daring, blood, terror, tragedy, and the power and the glory that are a normal part of life at 200 mph. The author also lays bare the brutal psychology of the sport and its effect on relationships and performance.
While I would highly recommend this well written, excellently paced book, I feel it should rather have been subtitled 'The Inside Story of Mike Hailwood and Moto GP'. Also, if you have read Valentino Rossi's book, watched 'Faster', watched a season of Moto GP and read the newspapers, you aren't going to find a lot of new information here.
But, unreservedly, a 5* read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good read: enthusiastically written but badly edited, 14 Nov 2009
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This book is a great insight into MotoGP and the sometimes great, someimes dubious characters that inhabit the sport. Broadbent's inside-track contacts and knowledge are used to excellent effect giving the reader a real three dimensional view of Rossi, Biaggi, et al. If all you know about MotoGP is what you see on the telly on a Sunday afternoon then this book will surprise you, and at times make you squirm, at what goes on before and after race weekends! The only downsides are that the Hailwood chapters feel like a clumsy afterthought and despite being well written they ruin the flow of the main narrative. Also, the author's use of many, many adjectives which appear to have been selected from a thesaurus without cross checking their contextual meaning in a dictionary leave the reader thinking that Broadbent is a lesser writer than he really is: a shame really. These two flaws would have been overcome by better (or even any?) editing. In the end though it is Rick Broadbent's enthusiasm for the sport that radiates and makes this a compelling read regardless.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping Stuff, 3 Sep 2009
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This is the best book I have read about any motorsport, possibly any sport. It does not get bogged down in endless accounts of what we already know, but gives us the MotoGP riders in all their gory glory, warts and all, the crashes, insecurities, pranks, dreams and failures. I think the masterstroke is weaving Mike Hailwood's TT comeback into the text. That reads like a thriller rather than sports biog, and the similarities and differences with Rossi, a huge Hailwood fan, are enlightening. Maybe some photos would have added something, but this is a well-written, almost poetic, account of a sport, rather than giving us the usual wham-bam grease-monkey stuff. Brilliant.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read - needs tidying up, 4 Jan 2010
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Given this a Christmas present and read it in two days whilst basking in the Sun. Found it an excellent read and particularly enjoyed the two track storyline of Rossi and Hailwood. Like a previous reviewer did find some of it confusing and had to re-read parts. Think it could have been edited better. Disappointed that there wasn't more on Sheene, my personal hero. Found the Casey Stoner and Chaz Davies storyline very interesting and how their paths went different ways.
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5.0 out of 5 stars stan the man, 17 Nov 2009
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fabulous , fabulous book . if you are interested in motorcycle racing at all,you will love this book , it talks a lot about rossi and the political side of the sport. it also goes back to the days of mike hailwood , who is valentino,s hero . a very good read , i loved it
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must Read for bike junkies, 12 Aug 2009
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A well written insight in to the world of Moto gp
and this book explores the lives of men that live closer to the edge than most of man kind. Rick Broadbent's passion and knowledge for this sport shines through on every page, A 5 star read I cant put my copy down.
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3.0 out of 5 stars ok, 26 Aug 2013
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Should have been put together with his other book about the tt, same stories in both books,
Style of writing can be annoying, repetition of phrases and vagueness abound.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A classic in its genre, 26 Oct 2009
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A deep, insightful read into the world of MotoGP. Whilst the book identifies itself as a book about Rossi it is so, so much more.

For those who like an easy read and want to get a biography of Rossi then look elsewhere. However, those who have a real interest in the sport and what makes the riders tick should settle down for the ride. This book looks deep inside the psyche of the racing, the risks, mentality, mortality and the inevitable hard partying which often goes with that. Initially the way in which the book switches between Rossi and Hailwood in alternate chapters seems hard to digest and a strange approach but as you get deeper into it the stories complement each other brilliantly and you can't wait to finish each chapter to get back to the other story. There's no doubt that Rick really knows what he's talking about and could easily have written 2 seperate books - one about Rossi and one about Hailwood. Personally I think the decision no to pad any of the story out and combine the 2 into 1 is a masterstroke.

Rick's writing style is factual and mature but rewards the reader and suits the content perfectly. One for the racing aficionado or those that like to THINK about the sport rather than just watch it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it, 26 April 2014
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I'm a Rossi fan but this book has really widened my view of him... and not all for the good. Clearly he is an absolute star on and off the track but interestingly he did not come across as a very likeable bloke.

The reflections on Mike Hailwood's career and life are fantastic and this is one of the most balanced views of MotoGP that I have read. Excellent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great, 4 Mar 2014
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A great insight into the world of bike racing , difficult to put down once started could read all day .....MjW
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