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By Doug Brunell | March 15, 2008

“A-Z of MotoGP” is exactly what it sounds like — a primer on the world of MotoGP starting with aerodynamics and ending with zoom-in. Will it appeal to anyone not into MotoGP? Not likely, and it may not be the most interesting film for veteran fans (though they will love seeing legends of the sport and some classic crashes), but it’s the perfect thing for someone just getting into the fast-paced world of motorcycle racing.

MotoGP’s popularity has been growing quite a bit these last few years (thanks in part to some video games and a greater television exposure), and this DVD goes through some of the very basics of the sport. There are segments on Valentino Rossi, the beautiful umbrella girls (ladies who, oddly enough, hold umbrellas over the drivers), what happens if a racer jumps the starting grid, how wildcards play into the races, the kinds of g-forces riders go through, and more. It’s not too technical, but it is advanced enough to spark one’s interest in the sport.

If you’ve ever been curious about this aspect of racing, but don’t really know the first thing about its rules, personalities, manufacturers and so on, this is the place to start. Once you finish it, you’ll be dying to take in a race either in person or on television, so set some time aside and grab your earplugs. You’re going to need them.

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