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
138 min


This is how it begins.

A motorcycle racer

and his crew chief

looking for speed.

I'm thinking how to corner well

with my knee to the ground

how the crew chief has explained.

It's difficult.

This is how it begins.

A motorcycle racer and his crew chief.

And his race engineers

and his suspension engineer

and his tire engineer

and his electronics engineer

and his mechanics,

looking for speed.

From the smallest minimoto track

to the fastest grand prix circuit,

from little bikes

that cost a few hundred

to MotoGP missiles that cost millions.

From 20-mile-an-hour childhood thrills

to 220-mile-an-hour

grand prix battles.

The principle remains the same.

Find the fastest line around the track.

And then figure out how to go faster.

Grand prix motorcycle racing is

the process of turning fire into speed.

The combustion of fuel

and air in the engine

and the fire in the heart of a rider

willing to risk everything to win.

Time is the enemy.

The fractions of a second

lost or gained in every corner

which add up to defeat or victory.

And the few years that you have

to make it to the top

and try to stay there.

This is what you have to do.

Brake as late as possible.

Stay wide.


Hit the apex. Accelerate.


Lean... further.


Stay on the motorcycle.

Hit the apex. Accelerate.

Stay on the motorcycle.

Crashing... hurts.

It wrecks your bike.

It wrecks your body.

It wrecks your chances.

Stay... on... the bike.

And fight.

Every lap.

Every corner.

Every second.

In 18 races around the world.

Flat out

for over 2,000 miles each season.

Fight to the finish.

Fight to the top.


This is the story of six fighters.

Six of the fastest motorcycle racers

of all time

and of the fates that awaited them

at the peak of the sport.

When the speeds had never been higher,

the competition more intense

or the talent on the track

more brilliant.

It's 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 200 miles an hour

on a motorcycle.

I love sleep. I love sleeping.

Marco, my helper, wakes me up.

So I take some breakfast.

I just feel that I'm more nervous

than on Saturday.

You start feeling the butterflies

in your stomach.

I hate this feeling.

You feel more tired.

You feel... You are less strong.

Wake up, breakfast, warm up.

Normally I sleep well but that time

I will be a little bit nervous.

Sunday morning,

the feeling is always the same.

Scary, fear, adrenaline.

Think positive,

but also scary to make some mistake.

Together, the worst

and the best moment of my life.

Valentino, you're so handsome!

The countdown

to the MotoGP race at two o'clock

is punctuated

by the roar of the support events...

The junior class at 11.

The intermediate at 12.20.

Then it's time.

There are many things

out of your control.

These are the things

that make you a bit uncomfortable

in that particular hour

before the race.

I enjoy it.

It's great to see my son

get to the top.

But you also suffer.

As parents, we are afraid

because it's very dangerous.

The danger's inevitable.

It's motor racing on two wheels

at very high speeds.

We're always trying

to make it better.

We're working on rider equipment.

The airbags inside the leathers.

And then the rules that I apply

to not allow the riders

to do things that put them in danger.

The road to the MotoGP

world championship

is long, difficult and dangerous.

It must be taken at maximum speed

at all times.

The finish line is thousands of miles,

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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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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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