New MotoGP book out this month

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Rick Broadbent’s Ring of Fire is published in paperback on July 16. It’s the story of the whole MotoGP era. Here’s what the publishers have to say about it…

Ring of Fire is an insider’s account of the acclaim, heroism and pressures of being a MotoGP racer.

This is a world where manufacturers invest millions, and where a rider will emerge from a coma with shattered legs and bloody lungs to get back on his bike to save his job.

This is the first book to cover the whole of the MotoGP era, at the centre of which is Valentino Rossi.

Ring of Fire charts his rise, fall and rebirth, detailing the darker side to his rivalries with Max Biaggi and Sete Gibernau and his battles with the tax man and the media.

This is a warts-and-all portrait with tales of vandalised cars and the racer who wants to torch ‘the whole goddamn valley’.

It is a breathless behind-the-scenes look at what makes these riders tick, from double World Superbike champion James Toseland to warring Spanish starlets Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa.

Rick Broadbent looks back at the sport’s tradition of reprobates and debauchery. He introduces us, not just to the stars, but also to the officials, parents, doctors, team owners and fans who make up this white-knuckle sport.

By turns funny, sad, shocking and uplifting, Ring of Fire brings us face to face with all those who are bonded by a shared love of risking it all at 200mph.

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Marc Abbott

By Marc Abbott