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Ring of Fire: The Inside Story of Valentino Rossi and MotoGP Hardcover – 6 Sep 2010

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  • Hardcover: 340 pages
  • Publisher: Motorbooks International (6 Sept. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0760339546
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760339541
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 3 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,990,374 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This is a stunning book. It is history but reads like a "can't put it down" novel - hardly surprising considering it grippingly features the two greatest motor cyclists of all time, Mike Hailwood and Valentino Rossi. Rick Broadbent tells the enthralling story of a thrilling and dangerous sport like never before and it had me by the throat" (Murray Walker)

"It was an odd decision to alternate a celebration of the brilliance of Valentino Rossi, today's Italian motorcycling superstar, with a reconstruction of episodes from the life and times of Mike Hailwood, the biking ace of the 1960s and 1970s, but it succeeds brilliantly. The technology is quite different, and so are the rewards, but the requirements of a true racer - courage and skill - are unchanging. In this hymn of praise to those who live closest to the edge, you can smell the grease and burning rubber" (Nick Pitt The Sunday Times)

"Peppered with anecdotes and insight... a fantastic, page turning read which presents a window into the personalities which are normally only seen on the track or in a press conference" (MotoGPBlog)

"A fantastic new book... well worth getting" (MotoGP World)

"Impressive" (Leicester Mercury) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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A high-octane revelation of the feuds, danger, politics and adrenaline inside the world of MotoGP. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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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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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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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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By Rads on 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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Got this for the wife, she's a big fan of Valentino Rossi. This has kept her quiet for days, its been absolute bliss. The downside though is that I appear to have lost my kindle, but the sacrifice has been worth it!
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An interesting read and for that it receives four stars, the downside, for me is, the book contains absolutely no photographs, which, had it it would have lifted the book from 90% highly readable to 100% excellent...a regrettable oversight not including photographs... the one on the front cover is excellent.
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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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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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