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Toseland reveals boxing inspiration as part of reading campaign

Toseland reveals boxing inspiration as part of reading campaign

Tech 3 Yamaha rider lists WBO Super Middleweight champion Joe Calzaghe´s autobiography as an influence on his own sporting career.

MotoGP rider James Toseland has provided inspirational for many young racers throughout his career, but the Tech 3 Yamaha man has his own motivational figures to spur him on. Toseland revealed one such person in the latest campaign for Britain´s National Year of Reading, in which British stars from the world of sport list the books that have helped them in their respective careers.

The 28 year-old´s choice did not stray too far from his own area of expertise, as he highlighted the autobiography of boxer Joe Calzaghe –entitled `No Ordinary Joe´- as essential reading.

`Having been in the superbike championship for seven years and moving into MotoGP this year I travel a lot, which gives me the opportunity to read. I also enjoy boxing as a sport,´ says Toseland, whose interest in the WBO Super Middleweight Champion´s career owes much to the similarity in their working class roots.

`I am a firm believer that it takes hard work and dedication to achieve success. I admire Joe Calzaghe's down-to-earth approach and strong work ethic and hope that remembering principles such as these will help me to achieve the future success I´m aiming for in MotoGP.´

Favourite reads by other sporting stars, including three-time Olympic Cycling gold medalist Chris Hoy and Snooker player Ronnie O´Sullivan, are also listed at the Year of Reading homepage.

MotoGP, 2008

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