Valentino Rossi What If I Never Tried It

Valentino Rossi books

Despite the fact that endless amounts have been written about Valentino Rossi in the press, there isn’t actually that many books that have been written about him, at least not many essential ones.

This is actually good thing as it means there only a few recommendatoins that you really need to consider in order to read up on Valentino and his career. And you don’t need to spend a fortune building up a Valentino Rossi library. We have collected some of the essential books (in our opinion at least) on ‘The Doctor’ below.

What If I Had Never Tried It: – by Valentino Rossi.

Valentino Rossi What If I Never Tried It

So if you were going to buy one book on Valentino Rossi, then this is probably it. Valentino Rossi’s autobiography was released around 2005 and as the title suggests, it mostly focuses on his controversial move from Honda (who were considered the leading factory and bike at the time), to Yamaha (who were considered as sub-standard machinery at the time. In fact the first two chapters or so o the book deal with this subject in depth, and it is fascinating stuff, despite it being so long ago now.

The book could definitly do with updating as Rossi is still racing, so the second half of his career is absent from this book…..and you can’t help wonder if it ever does get updated to include his move from Yamaha to Ducati, and then back to Yamaha, will they keep the same title?

Aside from being a bit dated, this is still enjoyable and compelling reading and it covers Rossi’s early life in Tavullia all the way up through to becoming a multi World Champion, all told through his interpretation. You’ll find out about how he got into racing from an early age, including racing Piaggio Ape’s with friends on quiet Italin roads, his foray into MiniMotos, all the way to his all conquering time at Honda and his eventual disillusionment that prompted his switch to Yamaha. There are also good insights into his rivalries, especially his long-running fued with Max Biaggi.

It might be a bit dated and incomplete, but until Valentino retires and finally writes the rest of his autobiography then this is well worth picking up, especially as it is so cheap now.


Ring Of Fire – by Rick Broadbent.

Ring of Fire Rick Broadbent

Not strictly a book about Valentino Rossi as such, but Rick Broadbent’s 2009 book Ring of Fire focuses on the modern MotoGP era, of which Valentino Rossi is such a central focus.

In charting the modern day spectacle of MotoGP, Broadbent weaves together the two core tales of Mike Hailwood and Valentino Rossi and their respective influences on the sport, as well as highlighting the differences between the eras.

The book covers the MotoGP era in depth as it looks at the heros and the crazy riders that risk their health, and sometimes their lives, in pursuit of racing glory.

The attention to given to Valentino Rossi is substantial, and it serves as a nice counterbalance to other writing on him and Broadbent gives great insights into the darker side of Valentino, and his psychological (and sometimes physical) battles and wars with his rivals. There is also a good section on Rossi’s tax battles which when resolved allowed him to move back to Italy….but not after a hefty bill.

Essential reading for all Valentino Rossi and MotoGP fans.


Valentino Rossi Portrait of a Speed God – by Matt Oxley.

valentino rossi speed god

Written by Mat Oxley, a former rtacer and Isle of Man TT winner, this is a visual history of Valentino Rossi. Don’t go into his expecting any new insights, this is primarily a visual history of his career. And it looks stunning.

This is first and foremost a photography book, but the pictures are supplemented with sharp paragraphs and writing that is presented in chronological order and show Valentino Rossi both on and off the track. Rossi’s life is charted from his earliest days, following his graduation through the ranks, winning the 125, 250 and 500 World Championships, to his domination of the 200mph MotoGP class, first with Honda and then from 2004 with Yamaha. Later editions have added sections on his 2 years at Ducati also.

This is not just a photo book about his races, and there are plenty of photos from the family archive showing Rossi’s childhood and his early years also, giving a great visual insight into his formative years and early career. You can see a sample below:

Valentino Rossi child

The book hase been updated a number of times, which is testament to its popularity amongst fans and it has in excess of 200 pages, so you really are getting a comprehensive view of Vale and his life. It is well worth seeking out if you are looking for a coffee table style book presenting Valentino’s career, and it makes a great gift for the Rossi fan in your life. Plus it is available at affordable prices also.