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I SUPERBIKER: THE SHOWDOWN

SYNOPSIS:
The story of the 2011 British Superbike season which culminated in arguably the most exciting motorcycle race of all time, with Aussie bad boy Josh Brookes among the competitors, riding cycles with 220 brake horsepower. As well as capturing thrilling on-track action, the film goes behind the scenes to follow the unfolding drama among the riders' wives, girlfriends, teammates and managers.

Review by Andrew L. Urban:
With reactions faster than those of a fighter pilot (according to one race commentator) the riders in these Superbike championships are among the elite of the sports world. Those speedy reactions do not save many of them from some spectacular crashes, in which they fly through the air and tumble along the speedway and verges. It's adrenaline all the way.

The final is a showdown between the top 6 riders - decided on a points rating system in the lead up over the final seven races. It's designed so that in the final race no-one can break away from the pack: it all goes down to the final lap of the final race on the final day - at Brand's Hatch on the fantastic Grand Prix circuit.

Without doubt it's a nail biter: the winning margin in the final showdown is 6/1000th of a second.

Not everyone is a fan of the system, but you can't please everyone, the organisers reckon.

Along with the thrills on the track come the thrills of winning, the fame, the money - and the women. What more could you ask of a doco.

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CRITICAL COUNT
Favourable: 1
Unfavourable: 0
Mixed: 0

I SUPERBIKER: THE SHOWDOWN (PG)
(UK, 2011)

CAST: Documentary featuring Ryuichi Kiyonari, Josh Brookes, Shane 'Shakey' Byrne, Michael Laverty, John Hopper Hopkins, Tommy Hill

PRODUCER: Mark Sloper

DIRECTOR: Mark Sloper

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Mark Sloper

EDITOR: Ashley Hall

MUSIC: David Vanian

RUNNING TIME: 91 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Omniverse Vision

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: May 10, 2012







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