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Old Bike Australasia - - CONTENTS - Di­rec­tor Jef­frey Zani

DVD 83 min­utes Dis­trib­uted by Duke Mar­ket­ing www.duke­v­ideo.com Price: £16.99 Gian­carlo Mor­bidelli made his for­tune in wood­work­ing ma­chin­ery, but his pas­sion was al­ways mo­tor­cy­cles. In par­tic­u­lar, he loved rac­ing, which was un­der­stand­able given his fam­ily hailed from Pe­saro, a mo­tor­cy­cling hotspot and scene of the early sea­son street races that were im­mensely pop­u­lar and pres­ti­gious. Un­like the big bud­get Ja­panese teams, and even con­tem­po­raries like MV Agusta, Mor­bidelli’s tiny team con­sisted of vol­un­teers, work­ing in a small room be­hind the wood­work­ing fac­tory, but from the be­gin­ning in the late ‘60s, his mo­tor­cy­cles were win­ners. Be­gin­ning with 50cc rac­ers, the sta­ble ex­panded to 125s and even­tu­ally to the larger classes. Along the way, Mor­bidelli took out five World Cham­pi­onships. The Mor­bidelli dream ended with their V4 500, rid­den by Graziono Rossi in the 1981 sea­son. This DVD con­tains some won­der­ful footage of the early Ital­ian races as well as the GPs, with in­ter­est­ing in­ter­views with team mem­bers, rid­ers and me­chan­ics. What comes through strongly is the in­cred­i­ble pas­sion that Mor­bidelli and his small team had for rac­ing, and how they achieved con­sid­er­able suc­cess against all odds.

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