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Racing the Gods to launch at Austin MotoGP

POSTED BY prbythebook ON April 9, 2015

Racing the Gods by Paul Ritter book cover

By Alessandra Wike, Assistant Publicist @AlessandraWike

Starting today at the Austin MotoGP, Paul Ritter will launch his book Racing the Gods: A Ducati Superbike Racer’s Autobiography from Austin-based publisher, Octane Press. Fans can meet Ritter and get signed copies of the book:

  • Thursday, April 9, 5-8 pm at Ducati Austin (812 E Braker Ln.)
  • Friday, April 10, 1pm at Circuit of the Americas, Ducati Austin tent (in Turn 13)
  • Saturday, April 11, 1:15pm at Circuit of the Americas, Ducati Island

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Racing the Gods tells the story of the early days of Superbike racing. Ritter raced a Ducati 750SS and 900SS during the formative days of American Superbike racing. He shocked the racing community by winning the first AMA pro Superbike race he entered. His quick success, good nature, and competitive spirit made him one of racing’s beloved characters.

His account of those days gives readers an up close and personal look into the days when professional racers in the sport were weekend warriors who traveled on shoestring budgets and fueled their bikes with passion and (if they were good) a few dollars of winnings. Ritter tells of racing with legends like Reg Pridmore, Wes Cooley, Mike Baldwin, and Keith Code.

Nearly 20 years after retiring from top-level racing, Ritter was hurt in tragic accident at a vintage race that left him without the use of his legs. His story of dealing with a tragic loss is as powerful and inspiring as his remarkable success on the racetrack.

About the Author

Paul Ritter started riding motorcycles in college. His excitement for street riding and speeding around turns led him to the track. He began club racing in 1973. In 1977, Ritter participated in his first professional race on a Ducati owned by Dale Newton at the Sears Point AMA National Superbike race, and won. Ritter placed third in the 1978 championship. After the 1979 season and a few club races in 1980, he retired from racing.

Following a long hiatus, Ritter started riding again in 1996. Then in 1998, he participated in his first race in two decades, a vintage race in Colorado, where he was involved in a terrible accident that left him paralyzed from the chest down. It took several years to learn how to live a meaningful life from a wheelchair. Ritter has returned to riding his Motto Guzzi with a custom side car and hand controls. He is a certified scuba diver and enjoys camping and exploring the outdoors. He lives with his wife, Dee, in Albany, Oregon.

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