What If I Had Never Tried It: The Autobiography

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Motorbooks, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 281 pages
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What If I had Never Tried It is the first autobiography of arguably the world's greatest motorcycle road racing champion, Valentino Rossi. Certainly he is the greatest in modern times and similarly the best loved. This is the official, personal story: fast paced yet insightful.

Rossi’s record in the motorcycle road racing World Championship is supreme. First in the ultra-competitive 125 class starting in 1996; then in the 250 class only to graduate shortly thereafter to the big league of the 500s. In 2002 the premier class switched direction moving from 500 cc two-strokes to 990 cc four-strokes from then on to be known as MotoGP. Rossi rides for Honda and wins. He wins on a Honda the next year and then switches to Yamaha, to every race fans’ surprise, and wins against all odds. He wins again in 2005. No one is close. No one is faster. And all at speeds which approach 200 mph.

Both on and off-track, on the ubiquitous TV screen or walking in the street, Rossi is idolized as though he were a rock star. From his native Italy to California, from Philips Island to Laguna Seca, he has raised the limits, reshaped the frontiers of the sport and set new trends. Rossi has become the 21st Century face of motorcycle road racing. Yet he remains faithful to himself—one moment the intelligent, articulate interviewee; the next a jokester; the next the single-minded, focused, strategic racer with split-second skills the rest of us can only dream of.

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Review: What If I Had Never Tried It: The Autobiography

User Review  - Berry Boen - Goodreads

A glimpse on VR46's life and how it was like to become a MotoGP world champion for a living. Read full review

Review: What If I Had Never Tried It: The Autobiography

User Review  - Colin Skinner - Goodreads

You don't have to be a Moto GP fan to enjoy this book but it sure helps. I've been following Rossi since his first foray into the 125cc and this fills in his life up to that point and beyond with some hilarious stories of his exploits. Brilliant read. Read full review

About the author (2006)

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.

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