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DVD Review: Isle of Man TT 2009

Reviewing a dramatic Isle of Man TT
The 2009 TT had it all – drama, excitement, awesome racing and the Isle of Man TT 2009 DVD does a fantastic job of capturing every aspect of this arduous event.

At 238 minutes long there is a lot of racing to watch, so before you settle down to this one, make sure you aren't going to be interrupted - because you won't want to be.

Once you set this DVD in motion you will be immersed in the fastest ever TT.

TT coverage in 2009 was taken to a whole new level with more on board cameras in interesting positions and the addition of Hi-Motion cameras.

The TT is the toughest race on the planet pummelling both the rider and the bike for 37.73 miles per lap and with the Hi-Motion cameras you can see exactly what they are going through. Watch out for the, shot of Gary Johnson as his bike's fairing undulates under the wind pressure while his leathers can be seen rippling over his back as they too hold up to the exertions of racing.

Aside from the racing there are some other superb features.

The DVD starts with scenic shots of the Island and a brief history of the TT before going into an “At home with” event legend John McGuinness. Seeing a TT hero at home playing with his bikes and taking his son to school gives a bit of an insight into what makes him tick. Guy Martin gets similar treatment and then there is a feature on the Relentless Suzuki team, which did a good job of covering the practice crash that forced Cameron Donald out of the event.

With Steve Parrish and James Whitham doing the commentary there is never a dull moment throughout the whole production. They make quite a comedy pairing as well as both have plenty of TT experience and really know and understand exactly what is going on. As usual, they convey that well to the watching race fans.

Once the racing is underway, you are treated to stunning aerial shots as the helicopter chases the bikes over the mountain. Lap by lap results graphics keep you up to speed as the drama unfolds and of course the commentary is spot on.

All the big moments of the race are captured from Bruce Anstey's machine expiring on the first lap to Steve Plater getting his Honda on the grass. The post race interviews in the winners enclosure are brilliant as they get to the riders the moment they step off their machines and the emotion of their achievements is clear.

In between the races there are relevant features on sidecars, the difference between a superstock bike and a full blown superbike and of course the TTXGP, the first ever electric bike race.

Related Pictures

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John McGuinness wins the 2009 Isle of Man TT
Lee Johnston has teamed up with Ryan Farquhar to race a KMR Kawasaki in the NI Air Ambulance colours at the North West 200 and Isle of Man TT.
John McGuinness on the Jackson Racing Honda.
Guy Martin, John McGuinness Honda Racing, [Credit: Honda Racing]
Josh Brookes has signed to ride for Norton at the Isle of Man TT in 2017.
Dan Hegarty won the TT Privateers Championship in 2016.
Peter Hickman will ride for Smiths Racing in 2017 at the international road races and in the British Superbike Championship.
Michael Rutter and John McGuinness during the pre-event press conference ahead of the 50th Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix.
Michael Dunlop on the Team Classic Suzuki XR69 during the Classic Superbike race at the Classic TT.
Michael Dunlop on the Black Eagle MV Agusta at the Classic TT.
Michael Dunlop on the Black Eagle MV Agusta at the Classic TT.
Bruce Anstey won the Lightweight race at the Classic TT on the Padgetts Honda RS250.
John McGuinness on the Winfield Paton at the Classic TT.
Bruce Anstey on the Padgetts RS250 Honda at the Classic TT.
Dean Harrison on the Silicone Engineering Kawasaki at the Classic TT.
Bruce Anstey on the Padgetts RS250 Honda at the Classic TT.
Michael Dunlop on the Team Classic Suzuki XR69 at the Classic TT.
Michael Dunlop on the Team Classic Suzuki XR69 during practice for the Classic TT.

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