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Casey Stoner: Pushing the Limits

Release date: 20th December, 2013
Publisher: Orion

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Why would a sane sportsman and double world champion retire in his prime, aged 27, rejecting an eye-watering chance to virtually double his already considerable wages?

The smalltown boy from Kurri Kurri in New South Wales, who grew up to be such hot stuff on the tarmac, reveals all in this compelling autobiography.

Casey Stoner was only 14 when he followed his dream from Australia to Southport, living in a caravan with his parents and often existing on beans on toast before the good times rolled.

He soon cut a swathe through the likely lads in the 125cc and 250cc categories before making his MotoGP debut in 2006. The rest is history as Stoner became world champion the following year with Ducati and again in 2011 with Honda after enduring the lowest period of his career.

In 2009 he was struck by a 'mystery' illness and he makes no bones about it – people he believed were close to him in the sport let him down, badly.

As sickness caused his level of performance and results to inevitably dip, the lack of support and, worse, allegations that he was 'swinging the lead' sowed the seeds of disillusionment.

Feeling regularly shattered, his condition was misdiagnosed as chronic fatigue syndrome.

Accusations of depression and psychological problems did not endear him to his paymasters at Ducati.

A picture of him relaxing on a fishing trip was used as evidence by critics that he was happy to take the money and run.

Stoner is scathing of insiders who had a pop at him, arguing; ”A rider doesn’t go from being ultra-competitive for two years and then just drop off the face of the earth because ‘it’s in his head’. It is absurd for anyone to even think that.”

During his enforced break, Stoner’s uncluttered mind concluded that there were other things in life apart from racing and that he didn’t want money to be a motivating factor.

But there was still a bit to prove on the track, and prove it he did with that second world title.

Pushing the Limits is the uplifting story of a young Australian who took on the world on his terms, his way...and won.


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