I’ve just recently finished reading my copy of Ben Spies – Taking It To The Next Level, that I picked up at MotoGP Indy last year which was the official release and signing for the book.
Chapter one begins in the hours just after Spies horrifying 2003 Daytona tire test practice crash. Starting in chapter two the story shifts back to Ben’s mother Mary and her earlier days leading up to Ben’s arrival. From that point on you follow Ben through his childhood up to the point where he begins riding mini-bikes and then on to the start of his racing career. The remaining chapters chronicles Spies amazing rise through the sports ranks ending with his joining and riding his first race for the factory Yamaha MotoGP team at Valencia in late 2010.
The book was written by respected long time motorcycle industry man Larry Lawrence. His style of writing makes for an entertaining and informative read as he takes you through both the personal and professional journey of Ben Spies. You can find more from Larry at his website: theriderfiles.com . The books foreword is written by Spies mentor and GP legend Kevin Schwantz. There are also many great pictures scattered throughout the book consisting of family photos and racing shots from some of the top photographers in the sport.
This book is a must read for anybody who is a fan of Spies. Motorsports fans of all kinds would also enjoy it as well or anybody that enjoys stories of human perseverance while striving to be the best in ones chosen field. You can get your own copy of the book by going to the publishers website: bullpublishing.com .
Here is hoping that a few years from now Lawrence will be writing the sequel to this book covering MotoGP World Champion Ben Spies (has a nice ring to it eh ?).