Ex-500cc Grand Prix winner Simon Crafar finished filming his new track-riding instructional DVD at the Motorland circuit in Aragon last month.
The huge production, which consisted of a 31-strong film crew, a super-slow motion ‘phantom’ camera, two Suzuki GSX-R1000s, a GSX-R750, GSX-R600, eight sets of Dunlop Moto2 Ntec slicks and a fully kitted-out GP-style pit box, will be called Motovudu and is due out on November 19, just in time for the NEC show. It will cost £19.99.
There’s also an accompany book (also £19.99) out the same time, with images taken by motorcycle photographer and ex-MCN man Howard Boylan.
Crafar, who did 157-laps of the Spanish track while filming, said: “I want to show and explain exactly the techniques I use on circuit”, using Banter Media, who also make rock music videos, “to make it visually pleasing, fun to watch and a product I can be proud of.”
The DVD and book will be split up into a number of chapters, including ‘Body Positioning’, ‘Corner Entry’, ‘Mid-Turn’ and ‘Corner Exit’. The DVD will also feature students adopting Crafar’s techniques, including Prodigy front man Keith Flint.
MCN’s Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves has been lucky enough to get instruction from Crafar. He said: “There have been a handful of ‘eureka’ moments, which I’d never figured out in the last 25 years. It’s helped my riding and racing massively. I was at this DVD shoot as one of his ‘students’ and I learnt even more. I also did my best to keep up with him on a camera bike to get some of the on-board action shots.”
“For one session I followed him while he demonstrated the hand signals he uses. He takes his left hand off the bar to point at braking and turn-in points and amazingly waves his right hand in the middle of the corner to show you that you shouldn’t be using any throttle or front brake.”
“He did all that while I was flat-out, riding at my limit. It was then I was reminded just how world-class Crafar is. Not since the 1988 book Techniques of Motorcycle Road Racing has anyone of GP-winning level produced a riding manual. Motovudu should be very special.”
The DVD and book will be available as a bundle for £34.95. For more information visit www.motovudustore.com