For a large number of MotoGP followers, and in particular fans of Casey Stoner, his new autobiography (with Matthew Roberts), “Casey Stoner Pushing The Limits” subtitled ‘The controversial and explosive autobiography of a two-time World Moto GP Champion” holds very few surprises. Many of the events in Stoner’s career and early life have already been well documented in the media.
But the book draws all the elements of Casey’s life together in a single volume that gives him the freedom to set the record straight after years muted media statements often due to the politics and pressure of the MotoGP paddock. Stoner does not like being in the public spotlight and has found it difficult to fit the “Superstar” persona that the commercialised sports owners, Dorna, and the ensuing and often frenzied media pack try to demand.
Casey’s early life and his love of motorcycles and racing is intriguing, and it’s clear that his upbringing played such an important part in shaping his career
However, the greatest revelation, I personally found, was his reasons for leaving Australia to compete overseas. Although forced upon him, it was this decision that set Casey and his parents on the long and hard road to success.
“Casey Stoner Pushing The Limits” is well worth reading if you have little or no knowledge of this great Champions career. For those who follow the sport, or are a Stoner fan, it will clear the muddied waters of MotoGP politics, revealing how incredibly special the talent of Casey Stoner is.
Highly recommended. Available from the Book Depository in hardback or paperback.
Words Geoff Dawes (C) 2013.