Narrated by Ewan McGregor, Fastest is a documentary about the 2010 MotoGP racing season — a memorable season when Valentino Rossi broke his leg in an accident and Jorge Lorenzo became the world champion. Fastest is not a dry, boring documentary; on the contrary, it stays true to its source material by bringing the racing action to life in an exciting way.
Director Mark Neale allows you to travel around the world with the MotoGP riders to learn about their lives, their stories, and the reasons why they race.
The Fastest of the 2010 MotoGP Season
If you think you already know all you need to about the 2010 MotoGP season and so don't need to watch a documentary about it, think again. Mark Neale's Fastest is no mere recap of events or review of season highlights. For one thing, Neale provides history lessons about both MotoGP and the riders who would dominate the 2010 headlines, including especially the rivalries that helped make it such an exciting year.
It also provides some somber foreshadowing when Simoncelli is on camera explaining his “dangerous” style of motorcycle racing.
Neale has a knack at telling the story behind the racing season. His movie takes you into the garages and into the lives of the greatest motorcycle racers on the planet. From the drama of Jorge Lorenzo’s first world championship in the MotoGP to Valentino Rossi’s heartbreaking injury, Fastest may make the story of the 2010 MotoGP season even more exciting in retrospect than it was if you were watching the races live.
As Mark Neale has commented:
"The greatest feeling, the greatest risk. This is the essence of MotoGP and of the movie. The ecstasy and the terror of life at the very highest level of motorcycle racing."
Creating a Motorcycle Racing Documentary
How do you capture the speed and excitement of motorcycle racing in a documentary, though? Mark Neale certainly manages and perhaps there should be a documentary about his own filmmaking! A lot comes down to the editing — bringing together the right scenes, the right commentary, and cutting it all at the right pace.
Mark Neale has gotten a lot of practice, though, in creating motorcycle documentaries. His first such film was the 2003 Faster, a documentary about the MotoGP racing championship between 2001 and 2002. This was in fact the first time any documentary filmmaker had used the MotoGP as a subject.
Included with the DVD of that film is a short piece on what happened later during the early part of 2004. Neale then created a sequel in 2006, The Doctor, the Tornado and the Kentucky Kid, about the 2005 USGP race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. I'd say that by this point Mark Neale really knows what he's doing!
Fastest: A Documentary for Racing Fans
If you’re a fan of racing, you’ll be a fan of Fastest. If you are confused as to why anyone would be a racing fan, Fastest will give you some answers. And, if you just enjoy good, quality filmmaking, there's a lot in this movie that you're sure to find appealing.