Hitting the Apex

Synopsis: 'Hitting the Apex' is the story of six fighters - six of the fastest motorcycle racers the world has ever seen - and of the fates that awaited them at the peak of the sport. It is the story of what is at stake for all of them: all that can be won and all that can be lost when you go chasing glory at over 200mph - on a motorcycle.
Genre: Documentary
 
IMDB:
8.4
Year:
2015
138 min
449 Views


hundreds of races and hundreds

of crashes from the start.

Thousands of young riders go racing

each year in Europe, Asia and America,

dreaming of a place on the world stage.

Very few of them will get there.

Nobody knows

the ferocity of the competition

better than Valentino Rossi.

He's raced in over 300 grand prix

since 1996,

won over 100 of them

and taken nine world championships.

He made it to MotoGP

the way most of them do,

rising through the junior

and intermediate classes,

learning the grand prix tracks

on 140-mile-an-hour bikes.

Then 170-mile-an-hour bikes

before the move to MotoGP

and over 200 miles an hour.

Year after year, he's fought off

wave after wave of challengers.

Over 100 riders have come and gone

in his time at the top.

Rossi is the only one left

from the MotoGP class of 2000.

From 2001 to 2005, he won

five MotoGP championships in a row.

Rossi goes through and

there's nothing Biaggi can do about it.

Oh! They touched! He's wide!

Oh, Rossi's pushing him off the track!

Rossi's gonna take victory

in the Spanish cup.

He was

the undisputed king of the sport.

At the end of the decade

he was still fighting, still winning.

One more premier class title

and he would equal the all-time record.

One more step to cementing his status

as the greatest motorcycle racer

of all time.

But by 2010, Rossi had his hands full.

The men who could beat him had arrived.

If you'd known where to look,

you could have seen them

coming for him all along.

1994, Spain.

Seven-year-old Jorge Lorenzo

slips and slides his way

around a car park in Mallorca.

Casey Stoner on 166.

Keep your eyes on Casey.

1997, Australia.

Twelve-year-old Casey Stoner

leads the pack in a dirt-track race.

Casey Stoner 166

with that nice comfortable lead.

He led hundreds

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Mark Neale

Mark Neale is a British documentarian and film director based in Los Angeles, California. His best-known work is the 1999 documentary No Maps for These Territories, which profiled cyberpunk author William Gibson. Prior to No Maps, Neale had been an acclaimed music video director, making videos for artists such as U2, Paul Weller and the Counting Crows. In 2003, Neale wrote and directed Faster, a documentary on the MotoGP motorcycle racing world championship, and its sequel The Doctor, the Tornado and the Kentucky Kid in 2006. more…

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