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Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Bowling Green, VA
I Ride: '09 ZX6R
Just watched 'Hitting the Apex' yesterday.....
I know this flick has been around for a couple of years, and the racing contingent amongst us have probably been through it extensively...... I finally had a chance to download it via Amazon Prime, and watched it.
Overall, I thought of it as a movie about racing, with a fairly wide perspective on the racers, the environment, the path to the big show, and a little bit about the racing itself. For me, it was a good view into that level of competition. Seeing the parents of the racers at the races tied up in knots as their adult children are doing what is obviously one of the most dangerous things they could possibly do, and supporting them in their love of the sport..... amazing. Humbling.
Watching the coverage of Stoner, Marquez, Rossi, and the rest -- including Simoncelli -- the whole movie felt quite a bit like the original 'On Any Sunday' without the cheesy music, and a tighter focus on the GP environment, with more drama. Wonderful cinematography.
Seeing the process that led to the advent of the points system to try and corral the near motocross level of contact -- seeing how one of the rider's bikes became completely uncontrollable with the loss of the rear wheel sensor resulting in that rider high siding and breaking their collar bone (losing many points towards the championship in the process).
Hearing the parents speaking in their native tongues, explaining the very same things I feel, and understand..... that gave another level of context/texture to the narrative.
The priests in Rossi's hometown, ringing the church bells every time he wins a race...... very cool.
The flame for Simoncelli, for 59 seconds ..... touching.
"Basic stuff fellas. Use your head for something other than to break your next fall."
"There's this adage that we have 2 ears and one mouth so we should listen twice as much as we talk. Unfortunately with the Internet people have taken this old adage and turned it around. They have two eyes and 10 fingers so they think they need to post 5 times as much as they read. And since they have 10 fingers and one brain, they only have to think 10% of the time! "