The 210mph Bikes
Duke Video |
Duke Video USA
DVD (£16.99/$29.95), 60 minutes
Format: NTSC DVD
Catalogue No: 1648NV
Can't get enough MotoGP? The "Faster" video
didn't do it for us (see
the wBW review), but this recent Duke release called
"The 210mph Bikes" is an intriguing look at MotoGP with
a focus on the motorcycles instead of the riders.
The premise is simple: take 7 MotoGP motorcycles and
cover each one "up close and personal". There's
lots of footage of each of the bikes in action, and
short interviews with the riders and technical staff,
including Jeremy Burgess (Valentino Rossi's Crew Chief
at Yamaha), Claudio Domenicali (Ducati Corse race
director) and more.
But the focus is on the machinery, all hosted by
Randy Mamola. There are some very interesting
close-ups of the motorcycles sans bodywork, but make
sure you keep your finger on the "pause" button, because
if you blink, you'll miss it.
And that's the only flaw in this production -- you'd
think that if someone was going to go through all the
trouble of creating a very professional-looking video
about the MotoGP motorcycles that there would be plenty
of raw footage of the hardware, but it's just not there.
I kept waiting for detailed explanations showing the
guts of, for example, the Aprilia Cube, but had to make
do with some brief footage of each of the engines.
Dorna really knows how to milk their investment,
because the video again recycles lots of leftover Dorna
(the MotoGP promoters) film, but at least the shots are
much sharper and seem to be higher quality than the
video used for the actual MotoGP races. Maybe it's
the camera, or maybe the technology keeps improving, but
even on a non-HDTV, the shots are clean and crisp.
This alone gives a different perspective on the MotoGP
machinery, because the quality of the video allows all
the little details to be seen.
But, when all's said and done, it's still a nice
treat for MotoGP fans to get into the garage for some
rare behind-the-scenes footage. The motorcycles
featured include the 2004 versions of the Honda RC 211V,
Rossi's Yamaha M1, the Ducati Desmosedici GP4, Suzuki
GSV-R, the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-RR, the Aprilia RS Cube
(the engine really is tiny!) and the Proton V5.
Featured also are short interviews with Rossi, Barros,
Roberts, McWilliams and Nakano. We get so used to
the routine of watching the MotoGP race format that it's
refreshing to get another perspective on the sport.
The DVD also includes some extras which, it could be
argued, are actually more interesting than the featured
video. These include a special feature on the crew
that supports Valentino Rossi including his mechanic,
the team manager, the press officer, his personal
assistant and fan club president.
Another short features a background story on the
development of the Michelin 16.5 inch front tire, which
I think first appeared in 2001 but only really became
common last year. Some of the riders are
interviewed for their thoughts on learning to get the
most out of the 16.5 inch rubber.
Finally, there's a look at Ducati Corse, hosted by
Claudio Domenicali himself, who speaks excellent
English. There are some very interesting shots of
the secured Ducati MotoGP development facility.
The bottom line? This is an entertaining video
and it has some good background information and
close-ups for true MotoGP fanatics - like me.
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