Tommy Hill and Shane Byrne give their view on British Superbike film
The premiere of I, Superbiker: The Day of Reckoning has hit London’s West End.
The third annual instalment of the movie series which tracks the battle for the championship of the MCE Insurance British Superbike series, the film focuses in on the six “Title Fighters” from the 2012 season.
The structure of the championship is such that after nine rounds of the main season, the top six riders go through to battle for the title and this movie is all about those six.
Of the six, two are Kent’s very own local heroes.
Sheppey’s Shane “Shakey” Byrne, now three times BSB champion, Shakey has also competed in both MotoGP and World Superbike before making a return to the championship where his racing career first made the big time, leading to another championship title in 2012.
Edenbridge’s Tommy Hill, the defending champion from 2011 who’s triumphant Brands Hatch victory that took the title from his American rival John Hopkins will probably remain one of the defining moments of motorbike racing for many years to come.
These two plus hard driven Australian Josh Brookes, the pugnacious Irishman Michael Laverty and young rising stars Alex Lowes and Tommy Bridewell show us just what it takes to make a top superbike racer.
The film features extensive looks at their lives both on and off the track, where they came from and tries to get into the psyche of these heroes of speed.
This inside look will appeal to the multitude of fans who now following the UK’s top motorbike racing series which is riding high on record attendance and viewing figures from not just Brits but all around the world.
Narration of this movie is by F1 broadcast and motor racing legend Murray Walker who adds power and gravitas to the production. Walker, the much loved voice of F1 in the UK, is a big fan of BSB and often seen at the circuits throughout the year therefore making him the perfect choice for this role in the film.
Writer, producer and director Mark Sloper said: "I wanted to capture the emotion and passion of motorcycle racing and the drama of the new showdown format. This is a classic motorcycle racing film, set in the 2012 season but a timeless story that will stay fresh for years to come. I also wanted it to appeal to people outside the motorcycle industry and the fan-base and I truly believe it will change outsiders' perceptions of motorcycling."
Tommy Hill, who took time out from his newly born son Harrison to attend the London premiere commented: "Only one man can be the winner. British Superbikes is motorcycle racing at its very best and the film captures that brilliantly.
"It's amazing to see BSB on the cinema screen.”
“I just didn’t like the ending”, joked Hill, “from the last film the ending was fantastic”.
"It's a massive sport with a great following – now hopefully people who don't know it that well can see what an incredible event it is."
I, Superbiker: The Day of Reckoning goes on general release in the UK on the 25th of March. Details on screenings are available on www.isuperbiker.com.