The first day of racing at the 2010 Isle of Man TT may have been held up by mist, but when the skies cleared it was action all the way in the PokerStars Superbike TT and first Sure Sidecar race. Experience extreme on-board action both these epic battles with the best in the road racing business.
Scot Keith Amor carries a rear-facing camera for our first lap of the legendary 37.73-mile Mountain circuit. Showing he had truly got to grips with the HM Plant Honda he had inherited form Steve Plater just days earlier, Amor is flying on the 1000cc Superbike as we travel down Bray Hill and onto the fourth lap of the PokerStars Superbike race. In addition to a being a dramatic ride at an average speed of 128.973mph courtesy of an absolute star, Amor treats us to the incredible sight of Cameron Donald closing at speed and a 12-mile battle as the Australian hunts down his Scottish rival.
It was the Relentless Suzuki by TAS Racing of Bruce Anstey which got racing at the 2010 TT under way, and we join the Kiwi for the very first Superbike race lap of the year – with a forward-facing camera giving you the rider’s-eye view. Riding at number one, Anstey has an almost clear track ahead throughout the lap – apart from a flash of HM Plant as John McGuinness flies past, and another as the Honda rider grinds to a halt at Sulby – so there is nothing to distract us from the rider’s supreme skill as he handles the 1000cc Suzuki, battling with the machine’s shaking head as it descends Bray Hill and clatters over the bumps on the run to Ramsey during a 126.934mph opening lap.
The final lap from the PokerStars Superbike race is with Anstey’s teammate Donald, and this is footage in the finest tradition of white-knuckle on-board action. A mistake on lap one left the Australian TAS rider well down the field, and on a mission to battle his way back up – and here, on lap two, North One Television’s forward-facing camera lets you share the thrill ride as Donald’s aggressive style and determined riding pushes the Suzuki Superbike all the way, with lurid sides and wobbles through Glen Helen and the forks being forced to work all over the course at an average speed of 129.034mph – and it worked, Donald recovered to third at the flag!
Finally, we join a TT winner on his way to a well-earned and very popular first victory on the Mountain course. Klaus Klaffenbock’s TT career has been blighted by bad luck, but in the first Sure Sidecar Race of 2010 it all came good and in an epic battle with Dave Molyneux he secured the win by under 2.5 seconds. The forward-facing camera is mounted just in front of seasoned passenger Daniel Sayle for this storming lap, where speeds hit up to 145mph in he 600cc LCR Honda outfit. At Sulby Klaffi joins a thrilling nose-to-tail battle with fellow world champion Tim Reeves which shows just how exciting the chairs are around the TT course.