The nineties saw Britain leading the world in art, fashion and music; Damon Hill became world F1 champ. We had New Labour, Britpop, World Wide Web, Wonderbras and after nearly a decade of the Americans whipping us on two wheels, we had world champion motorbike racers back!
The 1990s saw World Superbikes become, without doubt, one of the most popular sports in the UK. The British round of the series would regularly see more than a hundred thousand people pack the Brands Hatch race track to cheer on British racing stars such as four-time champion Carl Fogarty; the biggest crowd attendance of any sporting event in the British Isles.
The Isle of Man also drew the crowds as the circuit champions ventured out to the island to race neck and neck on the infamous TT circuit. It was a decade of madness and mastery for British Racers.
Greenlight Television saw an opportunity to lift the lid on a decade of magical moments, hair raising racing, personality clashes, inflated egos and rivalry that often went a step too far. The team manages to bring together some of the sport’s most controversial and colourful characters, priceless anecdotes, superb archive footage and a very cool nineties Britpop soundtrack with this, Superbikes – When Britain Ruled the World.
It will air on July 4th, 7pm. Below is a taster of what’s to come: