Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Duke Release TT 2011 On-bike Laps Volume 1 & Volume 2

Press Release:

The dust is still settling from the incredible 2011 Isle of Man TT, and the first official DVDs of this year?s on-track action are already on sale!

Duke brings fans eight complete on-board laps of the legendary 37.7-mile Mountain course filmed during the 2011 TT, the two-week racing festival which came to a stunning climax on Friday.

North One Television?s use of High Definition on-bike cameras ensured the best-ever on-board footage, along with the best-ever sound quality. And the amazingly high standard of riding skill on show ensured some of the most white-knuckle film we?ve ever seen.

TT 2011 On-Bike Laps Volumes 1 and 2 puts the viewer at the heart of the action as speeds hit 190mph just inches from walls, houses and hedges. Combining the best on-board footage from Practice Week and the opening race, these volumes are essential, edge-of-the-seat viewing

First up on Volume 1 is Keith Amor on his Honda TT Legends Superbike, filmed during the first practice session of 2011. The forward- facing camera not only gives a rider?s-eye view of the course, but also shows the Scot was travelling in the wheeltracks of teammate and TT legend John McGuinness. This lap is a masterclass from a true great as we see how McGuinness copes with the challenge of the low-sun, near-darkness in Glen Helen and slower riders, as well as just how close the roadside walls the Morecambe Missile?s shoulders get!

Then we move three wheels to share a ride with TT winners Klaus Klaffenbock and Dan Sayle. Filmed during the Wednesday evening Practice session, the forward-facing, low-lying camera lets you share every sensation as the chair smashes over the bumps, and the exceptional sound quality lets you soak up the noise of tyres being punished under breaking and the 600cc Honda engine in the LCR outfit screaming at full revs. Just watch out for the moment around 14-and-a-half minutes in where some Manx wildlife gets too close for comfort to Klaffi and Sayle on this 113.754mph lap!

McGuinness is the guide for lap three on Volume 1, again from the Wednesday evening. The forward-facing camera on his Honda TT Legends Superbike shows just what a 126mph-plus lap of the Mountain looks like from a multiple TT winner?s point-of-view.

You will marvel at his precision and smooth riding, although the dive through Handley?s will probably have you jumping back from the screen! And the way McGuinness scythes his way past four slower machines between Ballacobb and Ballacrye demonstrates why he remains today?s ?King of the Mountain?.

There?s a change of direction for the final lap, also filmed on Wednesday evening. We join Bruce Anstey on the Padgetts Honda Superbike and the rear-facing camera offers a different view of the course as we pound round with the Kiwi. Rejuvenated for 2011, Anstey is at his best, controlling the 1000cc Superbike as it bucks and lifts over the bumps and jumps of the Manx public roads. You see Anstey catch, pass and pull away from Amor?s Superbike on what would be Anstey?s fastest-ever lap of the Mountain, an average of 129.695mph around the 37.7-mile course.

All four laps on Volume 2 were filmed during the Dainese Superbike TT, bringing viewers actual racing laps from the Mountain course.

We begin with Wilson Craig Honda-mounted Cameron Donald as he flashes across the Glencrutchery Road start/finish line into lap four. The Australian is alone on the road for most of his lap, allowing you to focus on his racing line and how he battles to control the head-strong Superbike. His run through Kirk Michael, captured by the forward-facing camera, is truly white-knuckle stuff, and his determination is clear as he swiftly despatches two slower machines at Cronk-y-Voddy and exiting Ballaugh. Donald averages 128.714mph on this lap before heading into the pits and on to a well-deserved podium place.

Next is McGuinness on lap three of the Dainese Superbike TT, a race he would win for the 30th TT podium and 16th TT victory of an incredible career. Despite starting from the pits and being forced to back off on the Mountain due to yellow flags, McGuinness still averages 124.048mph on this stunning lap. The forward-facing camera lets you share a ?big bike? racing lap with the undoubted Superbike master, seeing the smooth style and precise lines which have made McGuinness the man to beat. Anstey is our next guide, his rear-facing camera offering a different view of the TT as lap one gets under way. Despite a standing start, he averages a huge 130.725mph on this lap, which put him in contention for victory ? until mechanical gremlins struck on lap three. It may be a race the Kiwi doesn?t want to remember, but the footage from his Padgetts Honda machine is so breathtaking as he bursts through the countryside ? and stomach-churning as he leaps Ballaugh Bridge ? you?ll never forget it.

Finally on Volume 2 is the heroic Amor who tackled the six-lap Superbike TT ? one of the toughest challenges in motorcycle racing ? just days after suffering a painful shoulder injury. The forward-facing camera mounted on his Honda TT Legends Superbike for the first lap shows while the Scot may have been lacking strength in his right shoulder, he certainly wasn?t lacking bravery and circulated at an average of 128.182mph. Try not to be too shocked on the Sulby Straight as Guy Martin scythes past, just inches away, and then enjoy following in the wheeltracks of the Suzuki GSX-R1000, at least until it pulls away over the Mountain section!

The Official Review of the 2011 Isle of Man TT is scheduled for release on Blu-ray and DVD next month, but if you simply can?t wait for a taste of the awesome action from TT2011, then 2011 TT On-Bike Laps Volumes 1 and 2 are for you.

TT 2011 On-Bike Laps Volume 1 and Volume 2 are Out Now on DVD, priced �11.99 each and will be available from leading video outlets or direct from Duke Video: Tel 01624 640 000, fax 01624 640 001 or email mail@dukevideo.com. Visit www.DukeVideo.com online.

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