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Old 10-10-2012, 10:40 PM   #1
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Good books: Rossi's So What if I never tried it and The Fast Stuff, Mat Oxley

Finally got around to reading Rossi's autobiography and its on discount too, imagine that.

Alot of good stuff in here, rivaly, funny coming of age stories and a very easy reading style. Jumps around a bit but I was impressed. I could'nt put it down for a week and read it straight through.

The chapters about leaving honda and moving to yahmaha are more intersting now in contrast to his Ducati expirence, basiacally polar opposites. A bit of irrony as he writes about being underestimated for his contibutions as a rider at honda, but in hindsight, he was guilty of the same with his move to Ducati. That's just the first few chapters, you can read those on google books if you want, the rest are full of rivally, on and off track antics, and stories of a misjivious youth, some very funny ones, complete with run ins with local police.

I also got The Fast Stuff by Mat Oxley, initially to offset shipping cost, but it is looking to be very good. Lots of great stories, consisely told, and interviews with riders from early 90's to 07. All the big names covered, Roberts, Rainey, Schwartz, Doohan, Lawson, Stoner, Rossi, more. I can see myself coming back to this one again and again. Rossi's book is a good read once through but proably won't feel the need to go back and re-read it.

25$ for both from Amazon, w shipping. They are well worth it.

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thanks for posting, didnt know he wrote an autobiography, this will surely help me kill some time on the plane
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