Leathered: A Life Taken to Extremes … On and Off the Bike (Hardcover)

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Leathered: A Life Taken to Extremes … On and Off the Bike (Hardcover)

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The autobiography of one of the most talented, charismatic and popular racers ever to grace the sport of motorcycle racing

From riding motorcycles for fun with his father on the dirt roads of the Californian desert, to the pinnacle of the most extreme of extreme sports, via the desperate lows of personal tragedy, alcohol and drug abuse, Hopkins' story is truly a rare one of adrenaline, addiction, recovery and redemption at the highest level of international sport.

John's huge and loyal fan base in the UK, USA and far beyond will know much about the career of a teenage motorbike racer signed from obscurity to compete at the elite level of the sport, who within just a few years emerged as one of its most exciting stars. Many will also be aware of the bone-crunching injuries, and the rumours around his alcohol-fuelled antics, that ultimately proved his downfall at the peak of his success.

Untold up to now, however, are the true stories behind the lurid headlines, the extent of John's mental torment at the time, his eventual total dependence on painkillers and alcohol, the drug smuggling trips to Mexico, his contemplation of suicide and the rehabilitation that saved him. The love story with his wife Ashleigh provides the backdrop to a dramatic, funny and uplifting story of an extraordinary life lived before the age of 40.
John 'Hopper' Hopkins is a former motorcycle road racer based in the United States. Raised by English parents in California he became the youngest professional rider on the MotoGP circuit. In 2007 Valentino Rossi labeled him as his most-feared rival. A series of horrific crashes and debt took their toll and John becomes addicted to alcohol and pills. He turned his life around and despite further crashes and injuries comes within .006 of a second from winning the British Superbike series. Another horrific crash finally ended his career at the age of 35. He is known to MotoGP fans as the most fearless rider of a generation.
Product Details ISBN: 9781788403269
ISBN-10: 1788403266
Publisher: Mobius
Publication Date: October 12th, 2021
Pages: 320
Language: English