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on 6 December 2013
I'm a big Casey Stoner fan just so that's out in the open.
Pushing the Limits is pretty damn good. It's an incredibly fast book to read - I got through it over a few nights before bed - but it's somehow very informative in it's easy prose and succinct style. I learned a lot about the guy and the sport and how each affected the other.
As he tells his story from toddler to MotoGP champion you can see how his thoughts on this machine evolve over time. Think sausage: you might like the taste of it, but you don't necessarily want to see how it's made. I think for Casey, exposure to the making of MotoGP, the wheeling and dealing, the lies and half truths - the game if you will - didn't suit a guy who is of the "say what you do, and do what you say" persuasion.
One "small" aspect of this that sticks out to me are his thoughts on tires in the 2006 season - honestly I didn't know that the allocation could be so capricious. It backs up what Vale said about his tires in the last race, something that I sort of felt was an excuse, but that turns out was a definite issue - that the tires changed on, let us just say, whims. A guy who believes in honesty and following through with your word clearly would not be pleased in such a system.
He doesn't say too much about his teammates or other riders that he hasn't already said, but when he does elaborate, especially on Dani Pedrosa it's interesting. He mentions enough about his time at Ducati for his thoughts on the bike to be insightful though perhaps not definitive. Does he say why he could ride that bike to victory while others couldn't? Not outright but from the preceding chapters you learn that his whole career up to that point was spent on hand-me-down bikes with numerous issues that had to be ridden around - and winning on them. Take that as an explanation.
He does mention that after the 2007 season, Ducati chose not to fund real further development of the bike which clearly irked him. There's regret in his tone when he wonders what might have been had the majority in Ducati listened to him and spent the money to develop and further improve the bike. What's fascinating is that he really liked the Ducati on certain tracks MORE than his Honda.
I won't rehash the whole book but but suffice it to say, he goes into a lot, leaves out some, but overall it reads like a fair minded (positive) assessment. It's not like "What if I had never Tried It?" which was entertaining but comes off like an infomercial.
I really enjoyed the book and think anyone who has an interest in MotoGP, Stoner fan or not, would enjoy reading it.
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on 29 November 2013
As a big fan of Casey Stoner this was an excellent read, so well written, it is not just a list of his acheivements but the long road to get there, what a tough life before he hit the big time. Would you believe on his forst few days in England he was living with an aunt & uncle in my home town down in Sussex, I could've walked past him in the street!! A definite recommend for all Casey & Moto GP fans. We miss you on the track Casey
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on 26 November 2013
An interesting read, Stoner is without a doubt one of the greatest riders of all time and I enjoyed reading how he came up in racing. I would have liked a little more detail about his experience in the premiere class though, the book chronicles his life from childhood to the present, but only the last couple of chapters were on his Moto GP career. All of his world championships are in the premiere class and I would have liked to read more detail about that part of his life. If your into racing, you'll definitely enjoy this book.
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on 8 December 2013
Excellent compilation, concise transparent audit trail throughout his extraordinary and remarkable career. Fascinating insights notably the Ducati years and the tyre war years (interesting reference to Valentlno and the infamous Valencia front end fold!). Worthy of note are the extraordinary lenghts and sacrifices taken by his parents making his career possible, and giving us, the bike fans the opportunity of witnessing a truly great champion.
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on 8 April 2015
Typical story of young kid going racing. Casey wasn't that old when he retired from bike racing which makes this book a little on the short side but the stats lovers will enjoy the end 'filling' of all his races and results.
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on 19 December 2013
for serious bike riders and fans of one of the best riders of track,this is a must have to any collection,amazing value,as I seen it advertised in MCN at£14.99 suckers lol;D will defo order again here,as my partner and I will be fighting over who reads it first lol
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on 24 March 2016
Good writing and pacing. Personal account that takes you through Casey Stoner's life and career, from the first time he rode a motorcycle (at ten months old) up to his retirement. Great read for both motorcycle enthusiasts who enjoy some technical detail and the broader general public. The details are there but don't overwhelm the reader, who can carry on merrily ignoring the passing mentions of engine bits and bobs.
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on 4 February 2014
If you are a fan of MOTO GP you will find this an interesting read. Whether you are a Stoner fan or not it cannot be denied the fellow was outstanding on that Ducati that others could not master at all. Yes, worth a read.
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on 6 August 2014
Couldn't put it down, found it easier to read in kindle form as opposed to book form. Gained a greater understanding of motorcycle racing and the dedication and skill of the motorcycle racers. Casey is one racing god who to me is sadly missed in MotoGP now that Marc Marquez is on the scene.
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on 22 November 2013
Ordered this months ago when first announced.Worth waiting for.Gets really interesting when he joins Moto GP.He does'nt pull any punches with his opponents,especially No46!.Good read for Moto GP fans.
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