On Sunday 24 October 1999, Alex Crivillé went down in Spanish motorcycling history after becoming, in the heart of the Repsol Honda Team, the first Spanish rider to become World Champion in the top Moto GP category.
That was ten years ago and with the perspective gained over the years, Crivillé has published his autobiography "Una vida sobre ruedas" (A life on wheels), published by Plataforma Editorial, in which he reviews his days as a rider and the years that have passed since he parked up his bike.
"Un chico de pueblo" (A village boy) is the first line in the book in which Crivillé tells of how a passion was born that led him to win, at just nineteen years old, the 125cc world title and ten years later, to become one of the best Spanish motorcycle riders ever, being crowned 500cc GP Motorcycle Racing World Champion.
In a personal and entertaining way and with a will to approach those with a passion for bikes running through their veins, the former Repsol rider reviews both the best moments he experienced on two wheels and the toughest.
It is a story written in the first person about the memories that marked his career and about how, after leaving the competition, he has lived linked to a world in which he will always have a special place in the memory of all motorcycling fans.
Alex Criville says: "This book has, speaking in motorcycling jargon, a good set up. In it, I wanted to express everything that happened during my racing years, looking at it now from a distance, with the passing of time."
"This is a special book because it arrives at a very important time in my personal and professional life: ten years have passed since I won the 500cc title and this is the perfect time. Previously, when I was crowned World Champion, we published a biography accompanied by lots of photos and that was a nice experience."
"But this book was written steadily, with time to reflect and think carefully about everything that happened then. It is a very real book – everything I write is true -, but I have done it with the utmost respect, avoiding tricky subjects. I hope that everyone who reads it enjoys the closeness with which I tell my experiences".