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Old 01-12-2011, 02:08 PM   #1
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Rossi/MotoGP Book - Ring of Fire

Folks,
I read Ring of Fire by Rick Broadbent recently. It's a book about Rossi and MotoGP that covers much Rossi's accomplishments through his win in 2008. It has some great insight into Stoner, Pedrosa, Lorenzo, and a host of other riders. It covers on track racing as well as the off track antics.

It's well worth the time.

Rick Broadbent, btw, is an English sports writer that has covered MotoGP forever.

Here is a more formal review of the book - http://www.motogpblog.com/reference/...s/ring-of-fire

"The author, Rick Broadbent, is one of the longest-serving members of the pack of journalists covering MotoGP. He’s seen champions come and go, and holds a passion for the sport and for motorcycles which is evident in his writing.

Peppered with anecdotes and insight, the book does not fail to deliver the inside story that the tag line promises. This is the human side to the paddock, the one without the PR machines, the one with actual people living their lives. Pranks and tantrums are laid out in luscious detail; the inverting of Biaggi’s pretentious personalised Smart car in the paddock, Biaggi’s fit of pique at being denied hospitality for his large circle of friends and subsequent ramming of the hospitality tent with his scooter, Hopkins and Byrne setting fire to a field (and, accidentally, themselves) out of boredom are some that stick in the memory. There are many more. There are also poignant moments: the death of Kato, tales of tragedy in the TT, stubborn denial of the risks by the riders; the risk and the reward of the Ring of Fire. All human life is here: tragedy, success, risk, reward, loss but throughout the sense of humour of all involved prevails. "

it goes on from there....
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Old 01-12-2011, 02:20 PM   #2
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Old 01-12-2011, 02:43 PM   #3
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I want it. Wonder if Barnes and Noble has a copy...

NVM, just found new copies on amazon for $5. Done.
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Nice write up, Curt. Behind the scenes type stuff, i'm in.
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I've been watching alot of MotoGP videos from Netflix lately. I have to say that the Rossi/Biaggi rivalry is probably the most intense I've seen. What an interesting dude. Rossi really makes for an interesting sports figure.
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The book talks a lot about Biaggi. He's quite the jerk.
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He was an orphan wasn't he? The mosquito comment after their fight cracks me up, of all the things to come up with haha.
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