We at RichardsF1.com aren’t necessarily the greatest devotees of motorcycle racing, but the story of two-time MotoGP champion Casey Stoner has always held our interest.
Granted, his Australian background is certainly an easy hook, but the fact that he retired – aged just 27 – when he had the potential (and the years) to become one of the greatest motorbike racers was all the more fascinating.
An intensely private man, Casey finally succumbed to the intense interest and penned his autobiography, Pushing the Limits.
Showing anything is possible when determination meets talent, two-time World MotoGP champion shares his amazing journey from Queensland toddler, with an extraordinary ability on a motorbike, to his decision to retire from two-wheeled competition with, seemingly, nothing else to prove.
Pushing the Limits gives readers a fascinating insight into his early family life, the development of his riding skills and why his parents decided to sell everything and travel from Australia to Europe to chase the dream and support his aim to become World Champion when he was only fourteen years old.
Equally fearless with writing his opinions as he is carving it up on the racetrack, Casey includes all the highs and lows of his life so far: the real reason he left for Europe so young, his thoughts on racing as it stands today, the riders’ hierarchy, the politics of racing, the importance of family, his battle with illness and injury, and why he decided to turn his back on a multimillion-dollar contract when he was still winning. And he will let us in on some of the new goals he has set for himself.
Casey may not have struck us – certainly in his younger days – as the most articulate or cerebral of sports personalities, but we have to give him credit: he is actually a terrific writer. At a touch over 350 pages, there’s a lot of detail and it’s hard to put down from the first page.
The book is a great and humble account of sacrifice and determination to succeed against many obstacles. The inspiring story of a young Australian who took on the world on his terms, his way, and won, should be on your Christmas wishlist.
Using the ‘Chequered Flag’ ratings unique to RichardsF1.com, Pushing the Limits is awarded:
OUT OF A POSSIBLE FIVE
Pushing the Limits is available for purchase at all major book resellers and online at Hachette Australia.
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