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 wheel-tracks of teammate and TT legend John McGuinness. This lap is a master class 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 lap of the Mountain looks like from a multiple TT winner's point-of-view.
You will marvel at his precision and smooth riding, while 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.