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Product Details

  • Paperback: 282 pages
  • Publisher: Motorbooks; First edition (September 10, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076033756X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760337561
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,751 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

As a child, Valentino Rossi dreamt of winning the world championship. He has achieved that dream—and far more: Rossi has won eight world championship titles—including six in the top class, MotoGP. Along the way, he has broken dozens of records, brought his sport unprecedented popularity, and earned himself a fanatical worldwide following.

  Told in his own inimitable way, this is the story of The Doctor, arguably the greatest motorcycle road racer of all time. He grew up in the Italian town of Tavullia, a mischievous boy with a love for two-wheeled vehicles. By age 23, he was a four-time world champion, with titles in the 125cc, 250cc, 500cc, and MotoGP classes. Along the way, he earned millions of fans—and a few enemies—with his brilliant, aggressive, and adaptable riding style.

  It’s all here, in Rossi’s own words: the antics of his youth, the titles, the rivalries with Max Biaggi, Sete Gibernau, and others, as well as his acrimonious split with the all-powerful Honda factory team in 2003. The genius of MotoGP also shares his eclectic private life—his friends, his superstitions, his relationships, and his unusual habits. What If I Had Never Tried It reveals the human being behind the icon.

 

About the Author

Valentino Rossi was born on February 16, 1979, in Urbino, Italy. He won his first motorcycle grand prix race at the age of 17, his first world title at 18, and his first MotoGP championship at 22. He currently rides for Yamaha, and his main residence is in central London.

Enrico Borghi has always been a bike enthusiast (strictly racing bikes). He is a journalist, and since 1991 he has been working for the Italian weekly Motosprint, reporting on the MotoGP World Championships.


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Customer Reviews

Great book, great read for any true fan of Rossi.
Dustin
Before I review the book, I want to tell a story about how I became interested in Rossi's story.
Gearhead Mania
I bought it one month ago and I have read about 200 pages.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. Sklar on October 3, 2009
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I am a huge Valentino Rossi fan, but this book was a disappointment. The first 1/3 of the book was spent slamming Honda and justifying the move to Yamaha. That could have been done in 10 pages. The story has no flow to it and he jumps all over the place, spending too much time on meaningless subjects. There was none of the insight I was hoping for.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gearhead Mania TOP 500 REVIEWER on May 15, 2011
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What if I had never tried it: Valentino Rossi, the Autobiography

Just a side note, the book I read was the English translation. Before I review the book, I want to tell a story about how I became interested in Rossi's story. I was never an avid fan of MotoGP or Grand Prix motorcycle racing in the 80s, 90s, or early 2000s. My dad actually rode motorcycles as a teenager and young adult, and tried numerous times to get me involved. I was always into cars and didn't like the idea of bikes. Fast forward to 2008, when I had to pick a project for my marketing class in a MBA program. I decided to develop a report on Harley-Davidson and compare the firm to other markets for heavy-weight motorcycles. As I did research on Harley-Davidson, I realized I didn't like anything they made. None of it appealed to me (a young male, under the age of 30 at the time, self-proclaimed gearhead, engineer by trade, performance enthusiast). Had they debuted the XR1200 before or during that year it might have changed my mind. The only Harley that came close to catching my eye was the VSRC because of its Porsche designed engine and styling. While I researched Harley, I checked out their competitors. The Japanese Big 4, Aprilia, Ducati, MV Agusta, and other OEMs that participated in motorsports (World Superbike, MotoGP, etc...)

If that wasn't enough to open my eyes to MotoGP, EE Times printed an article showing the electronics in the Kawasaki MotoGP bike. Within weeks, I went to a test lab as part of my job and they rolled in a brand new Honda Interceptor for OEM testing so I got a chance to get an up close look at a motorcycle.
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By dissectingaorta on November 11, 2010
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I really appreciated Valentino's book. It was not too disorganized as some previous reviewers have said. It is an excellent insight into his life and his impressions of many events. I greatly appreciated the stories of his youth that he shares and the stories of his earlier races. Valentino- thank you for sharing. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for insight into who the famous Valentino Rossi is as this book, the way it is written, and the stories it contains are revealing of the authors charactor. Which is what I was looking forward to reading about when I purchased the book.
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By Andrea Koltun on November 12, 2010
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I have watched Valentino Ride for 10 years now, and the book was just as intriguing as his ability to ride.
I loved the fact that he stayed true to himself, and the stories of growing up had me laughing on many occasions. Even if you don't know much about the MotoGP, Valentino makes it an easy and very enjoyable read.
Wish he would write another book from where this left off to current.
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By Charles Rodriguez on January 16, 2014
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The first half of this book was an interesting look into this racing legend's mind, childhood, and personality. The seconds half was repetitive and shows the "celebrity" side of Rossi. Better off just watching him race.
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By Josephine Edwards on December 26, 2012
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I bought this book for my partner who very rarely reads, he finished it in two days - couldn't put it down.
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By Ivette Perez on November 23, 2012
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I enjoy reading this book especially the inside you get from Valentino is a great way to learn about his riding style I would recommend this book to fans and othe moto Gp fans
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By Athena on August 26, 2012
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For anybody who enjoys MotoGP, this is a great book to read. Vale is quite the character and this book was a fun read!
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