An excellent insight into what it takes to get to the top, as well as staying there and all the variables (and people) that need to work together for consistent success in the most exciting sport in the world.
Yeah I'm a massive MotoGP and Casey Stoner fan, but in his book Stoner has impressed me further with his tenacity and commitment to improvement in all facets of his life (well, maybe excluding school). It's a story that sounds like it is destined for a big Disney Mighty Ducks style adaptation, with adversity coming for all angles and a protagonist who sees his potential but has to go through the fire to realise it.
This is a must-read for all fans of MotoGP, motorsport and sports biographies. Biography buffs and those who just love a great true story should mark it down also. There's something for everyone in this book, although those who aren't as feverish in their appreciation of racing as myself may find some of the specific race-day details a little labourious. If you're a racing fan, the writing style and details will put you right into the paddock, grid, seat and into the mind of one of historys' truly exceptional sporting talents.
I always knew Casey as a straight-shooter, but this book has given me an even deeper appreciation and respect for the man he is off the track. We should all strive for the personal honesty that he shows and integrity that is within him.
Enough gushing - it really is an excellent biography, written clearly and concisely; I wish some other writers could employ this style rather than their books seeming like almanacs of everything I already knew, and being more frank and vulnerable with what was actually going through their minds and hearts at the time (positive and negative).
This I possibly my favourite read. It is so well written. I was never a Stoner fan with his somber attitude, although after reading this I love him! In a subtle way, you get a bit of a clearer understanding of the inside MotoGP politics, and what made him quit. I love this book!
We enjoyed reading Casey's story. He has an easy-to-read style, and impressed us with his honesty and humility. We follow the MotoGP, so were sad to see him resign from the races, but now we understand why. We wish him (and his beloved family) well.
Very interesting read for a Casey and Moto GP fan. Incredibly hard road to make it to the top. Very honest account and having read it it is now reasonably clear why he retired early. A decision which at the time seemed quite amazing. Recommended.