Casey Stoner, Pushing the Limits, £9.99
Time used: One week
What’s good? From his domination of Aussie flat track to MotoGP, Casey Stoner’s autobiography is fascinating. His hero growing up was Mick Doohan and you get the feeling he’d rather GP bikes had remained 500cc two-strokes. He might have retired at just 27, but you quickly realise he’s done his fill of laps. He talks about his racing journey from his first ride around the backyard on a Yamaha PW50 when he was three, arriving in the UK with his mum and dad at 14 to chase his racing dream, winning the MotoGP title in 2007, to his final race on a Honda RC213V in Valencia 2012. As a race fan it’s amazing to find out what really went on behind the scenes in 125cc, 250cc and MotoGP, from team, paddock and tyre politics, to machinery development and his relationship with rivals. But what really comes across is Stoner is just a shy, family man who just happens to be prodigiously talented on two wheels. You get the feeling he’ll be happy in retirement with his wife, daughter and a fishing rod.
What’s not? The book rushes through at a pace and finishes too soon, but then unfortunately, so did Stoner’s racing career. I bought it as an iBook, which you can’t share with your mates, but it’s also available in print form.
Contact: iTunes ibooks or amazon.com
Quality rating: 5/5
Value rating: 5/5