S01:E01 - Bike Grand Prix Series 1983
British and San Marino 1983 – The British leg at Silverstone will be remembered as a hard battled effort between a talented gathering of riders closely duelling for victory in the 500cc category. At the end years last leg in San Marino the season – long duel between Spencer and Roberts had left just a two-point gap in the results. Spencer kept that gap up and took the title through excellent riding. Special features such as slow-motion shots capturing the action, interviews with riders and main feature makes this DVD review an exciting and fascinating study of classic motorcycle racing.
S01:E02 - Bike Grand Prix Series 1984
Up against the formidable resources of the Honda team and its talented riders, Eddie Lawson must have had doubts at the start of 1984 about his ability to become World Champion. Could he possibly equal and even better 'Fast' Freddie Spencer? Did the works V4 Yamaha have any edge on the Hondas? What threat would Randy Mamola pose? Above all, how would he cope with the massed ranks of Hondas when they pitched in the full team effort against the single Yamaha? The Honda proved to be fast from the first race in South Africa, but Spencer's hope spectacularly spun away as his rear wheel collapsed in the closing moments of qualifying, tearing ligaments in his right ankle in the process. Lawson took advantage on the new twin-spar framed Yamaha OW76 reed-valve 500, riding to victory in the rain and his subsequent four wins and four second places were enough secure his first 500cc world championship. Mamola was never far off the pace though, having taken the other 3 podium positions of the season and finishing second overall, 31 points behind Lawson. Frenchman Raymond Roche (Honda) still managed to take third place in the championship without winning a race, 12 points clear of a relegated Spencer, who had even ditched his V4 in favour of the established V3 in a last attempt to regain his title. Haslam (Honda) and Sheene (Suzuki) stood shoulder-to-shoulder in fifth and sixth position. In this newly edited 208-minute DVD we include our entire archive of broadcast footage, for the first time. Featuring elbow-to-elbow action, full commentary and rider interviews, much of it is not seen on TV, sit back and share the eighties GP experience with 'Steady' Eddie. 'Fast' Freddie, Randy, Raymond Roche, Ron Haslam, Barry Sheene and other stars at no less than 8 different circuits.
S01:E03 - Bike Grand Prix Series 1985
To many motorcycle racing fans, this was one of the most remarkable seasons of 500cc competition ever. Legendary names of the Grand Prix circuit did battle across the world in 12 fast-paced, demanding races - and now you can re-live highlights from these amazing dices in the latest of the Bike Grand Prix series released on DVD by Duke. The footage has been re-edited to take you even closer to the action as Americans Freddy Spencer and Eddie Lawson go head-to-head in the championship battle, closely shadowed by the likes of Ron Haslam, Wayne Gardner, Randy Mamola, Christian Sarron and many more of motorcycle racing's biggest names. Spencer was out to become the first person to claim both the 250cc and 500cc championships in the same season. With the 250cc title under his belt, he had to wait until the penultimate round to wrest the 500cc crown from Lawson. It hadn't been a straightforward trip to the top as the action moved around the globe, from South Africa to San Marino. Injury in Yugoslavia, crashing out in Holland and damaging his hand at the British GP could all have threatened Spencer's title tilt, but as the flag fell in Sweden, he could relax - victory was his. Reigning champ Lawson had done everything he could to keep his Marlboro Yamaha in front of rival Spencer's Rothmans Honda, but he simply didn't have the pace to win. All the vital moments of the fight for the 500cc title are captured here in four hours of action-packed highlights.Fantastic elbow-to-elbow battles, fiery crashes, dices on rain-soaked tracks and interviews with the leading riders - including an extended post-season chat with the new World Champion - make this an essential record of an historic year in the 500cc Championship, the pinnacle of motorcycle racing. Jaw-dropping footage from on-board cameras mounted behind the faring of Mamola and Haslam's machines gives you an awesome rider's-eye view of some truly unforgettable moments, including racing in the rain, hammering through the daunting Eau Rouge corner at Spa and unceremoniously tumbling to the ground! And slo-mo footage lets you re-live some of the most dramatic and important moments - including Lawson's dramatic exit from the Dutch TT. This is motorcycle racing at its best, and now every history-making moment is yours to own.
S01:E04 - Bike Grand Prix Series 1986
As the finest motorcycle racers on Earth gathered at the opening round of the 1986 500cc World Championship there was one question on everybody's lips - could anyone beat reigning king Freddie Spencer's Rothman's Honda? Although tipped to retain his title, a persistent wrist injury prevented 1985 World Champion Spencer mounting a real defence. That cleared the way for adversary Eddie Lawson to lead the charge on his Marlboro Yamaha as the world's premier motorcycle race series contested 11 fast-paced rounds. Australian Wayne Gardner won the first race, but struggled to adopt the mantle of Rothman's Honda team-leader in place of the absent Spencer. Lawson dominated the next four rounds, but as the championship passed the halfway point the Californian's luck changed. At the Dutch TT, where his title hopes had evaporated in 1985, Lawson tumbled out of contention, allowing Gardner to take the win and renew his championship challenge. With just three rounds remaining, Gardner dug deep and produced an awe-inspiring victory in heavy rain at the British Grand Prix. The penultimate round, in Sweden, would be the race of the season. Lawson was dogged by Gardner for lap after lap, the Australian refusing to relinquish his slim title ambitions. However, a slower machine ruined the Honda rider's challenge and allowed Lawson to record his sixth win of the season, and the 1986 World Championship. Bike Grand Prix 1986 brings you all the vital moments, with incredible trackside, on-board and slo-mo footage, plus fascinating interviews with the leading riders. There's also the debuts of British sensation Niall Mackenzie, future World Champion Kevin Schwantz and legend Kenny Roberts' Yamaha team.
S01:E05 - Bike Grand Prix Series 1987
With races to be held across three continents, the 1987 500cc World Championship would be one of the toughest-ever campaigns - and with three of the finest motorcycle racers ever to grace a circuit hell-bent on securing the title, it would be one of the toughest-ever championship battles. Reigning champion Eddie Lawson may have been carrying the number one plate, but Rothmans Honda Rider Wayne Gardner was tipped to lead the title charge from round one, held at a rain-soaked Suzuka in Japan. However, it was Californian Randy Mamola who drew first blood with a stunning victory in front of the 100,000-strong audience. Ggardner, Lawson and Mamola would dominate the season, sharing wins as the action moved through Europe and South America. It was a long, and often difficult, road to the final race in Argentina, with mechanical woes, tricky conditions and rider error ensuring the title chase remained tight. After eight rounds, Gardner held just a 12-point lead over Mamola, and at the British Grand Prix Lawson proved he hadn't given up yet with a masterful win. The nip and tuck battle continued, but Gardner refused to let the pressure get to him. The Australian's inspired and consistent riding ensured he kept control of the race for the 1987 crown, securing the title at the penultimate round with his seventh win of a truly amazing season. Bike Grand Prix 1987 features action from all 15 races, including Brit 'Rocket' Ron Haslam stunning the world with his amazing starts, Scot Niall Mackenzie's exceptional performances, two-times world champion Freddie Spencer's disastrous season and Christian Sarron desperately trying to keep his machine upright! Slo-mo footage lets you re-live the faring-smashing tumbles, near-misses and breathtaking overtaking manoeuvres.
S01:E06 - Bike Grand Prix Series 1988
The emergence of a new generation of hard-charging talent made 1988 one of the most memorable seasons of grand prix motorcycle racing ever. Reigning World Champion Wayne Gardner and arch rival Eddie Lawson were expected to dominate again, but the new breed of two-wheel heroes were ready to rip up the form book and upstage the legends of the sport. In Japan, for the first race, it was Texan Kevin Schwantz who, in only his seventh 500cc World Championship race, would take victory and an early championship lead. Californian Lawson scored a hugely popular home win at the United States Grand Prix, but as the European leg of the championship started it was Kevin Magee, another emerging talent, who would take the chequered flag first. As the season unfolded, Lawson's unquestionable talent would see him dominate the racetracks of Europe, with Schwantz the only other man to take the top step of the podium until the mid-way point of the season. As the World Championship reached the Dutch TT, Australian Gardner suddenly found his form, taking three wins in a row to cut the points deficit to just 20 with 10 rounds complete. However, his championship ambitions were dealt a cruel blow in France when he was forced to retire while leading on the last lap, gifting the win to Lawson. Gardner refused to admit defeat, claiming another win and three more podium places in the final four rounds, but it wasn't enough to overhaul Lawson, who rode to his third World Championship title. Bike Grand Prix 1988 features drama from all 15 races, including the heroics of Brit riders Niall Mackenzie and Ron Haslam, the spectacular style of the ever-popular Randy Mamola, the sensational spills and the memorable first 500cc win for Wayne Rainey.
S01:E07 - Bike Grand Prix Series 1989
As the curtain fell on the 1980s, the 500cc World Championship delivered a gripping and tightly-contested title battle. The 15-round series was packed with thrills and spills as the world championship circus travelled the globe, from the first round in Japan to the title-deciding final race in Brazil. As three-times champion Eddie Lawson got to grips with his new Rothmans Honda mount, fellow American Wayne Rainey established himself as the early leader, his consistency on the Lucky Strike Yamaha establishing a dominant points position by mid-season. But a rider of Lawson’s calibre was never going to give up, and he fought his way back into contention. His lead whittled down to just 6.5 points, Rainey’s season turned to disaster in Sweden when he crashed out. The title battle came down to the final round, where ‘Steady Eddie’ confirmed his status as one of the greatest riders ever. Although tearaway Texan Kevin Schwantz was always in the mix, securing six wins, hopes of a title tilt evaporated in a season plagued by mistakes and mechanical problems. The ’89 season was also a disaster for Lawson’s Australian teammate Wayne Gardner who, after victory at his home race, crashed out of the US GP, breaking his leg. Bike Grand Prix 1989 features all the memorable moments of an unforgettable year, including Mick Doohan’s debut, Brit Niall Mackenzie’s stunning ride at his home race and Pierfrancesco Chili’s hollow home victory at the controversy-hit Italian event. This 103 minute DVD features reviews a stunning season of highs and lows, featuring breath-taking elbow-to-elbow racing, expert commentary from Peter Kneale and Paul Fowler, and fascinating insights into the on-track action and off-track controversy from the riders themselves.
S01:E08 - Bike Grand Prix Series 1990
Bike Grand Prix 1990 - The hard-fought battles and chilling spills of the 1990 500cc World Championship are captured in this stunning review, on DVD for the first time. Amazing race footage, awesome on-bike shots and contributions from leading riders, including Rainey, Lawson and Schwantz, take you to the heart of the action.
S01:E09 - Bike Grand Prix Series 1991
Bike Grand Prix 1991 - A highly charged three-way battle for the title dominated the 1991 500cc World Championship as established stars Wayne Rainey and Kevin Schwantz renewed their on-track rivalry – joined by new challenger Mick Doohan. The trio took charge of the 15-race ’91 season from Japan’s opening round. Reigning champion Rainey quickly exerted his authority with two masterful early-season victories, but Doohan was soon using the stunning straightline speed of the Rothmans Honda to outpace his rivals and burst the title race wide open. Tyre troubles became a major factor in deciding the title outcome. Australian Doohan received an unexpected boost in Italy when Rainey was forced to pit for new rubber, but as the season reached the halfway point he was left struggling for grip at round after round. The tyre woes saw a resurgent Schwantz force his way back into the title fight with a late season charge, but it was too little, too late for the Texan to mount a real challenge to the dominant duo. Despite Doohan’s outright pace and Schwantz’s fighting spirit, nothing could stop Californian Rainey securing his second successive championship title with a round to spare. Four times champion Eddie Lawson’s brilliance allowed him to produce some flashes of inspired riding following his shock move to the struggling Cagiva team, and reigning 250cc World Champion John Kocinski finished a tough year on a high with his first pole position and first victory in the final two races of the season. This 100-minute review puts you at the centre of the action in a heart-stopping season of stunning racing, with on-board footage and interviews with the leading riders gives you the whole story. "Why do you want it? For the tyre-smoking, high-siding and nail-biting battles between Rainey, Schwantz, Doohan, Gardner and Kocinski. If you weren't there when it happened, you'll wish you had been. Rating:****" Bike magazine, March 2008.