Review: I, SUPERBIKER, THE WAR FOR FOUR (**** The Telegraph)

The fourth installment of the I, Superbiker series, The War for Four, is released in selected cinemas tomorrow.

More documentary than the usual season review, the fourth instalment of the I, Superbiker series chronicles the 2013 MCE British Superbike Championship.

From the outset this was billed as a battle between two veterans of the series, Shane “Shakey” Byrne and Ryuichi Kiyonari to become the first four times winner of what is largely recognized as the best and most fiercely fought domestic superbike series in the world.

As has become the norm for the I, Superbiker series, the race footage is interspersed with behind the scenes action and interviews with racers, team members, family and friends.

What transpired over the season didn’t quite go to script, but as usual the racing provided thrills and spills aplenty. And the last round was real heart in mouth stuff and a fitting climax to the season’s racing.

The film lets you feel the enthusiasm of everyone involved in BSB. The snippets of commentary by James Whitam and Jack Bernicle, though obviously carefully selected, literally scream enthusiasm and passion from the screen.

Then there’s Mark Sloper, the film’s director who, when asked why he puts so much into these now annual productions, said: “I’m Mark the biker by name, I’ve been obsessed with bikes since I was three. My uncle Archie was a TT racer and when I was a boy I used to sit on his bike and imagine I was a racer. Now I’m a street biker with an Aprilia and still carry the racing bug. The sheer guts it takes to hang on to a 200mph superbike going into corners is why I love the excitement of bikes and the spectacle of close racing is breathtaking.”

It’s that kind of enthusiasm that makes this such a compelling series, and this latest instalment is arguably the best of all of them.

For details of where you can see The War for Four at the cinema from April 10 visit the I, Superbiker website.

This years MCE British Superbike Series kicks off at Brands Hatch in Kent over the Easter weekend. For more details and to buy tickets visit the MCE British Superbike website.

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