Fastest deftly blends heart-pounding race footage with an engaging storyline that satisfies and entertains MotoGP zealots and their genteel spouses alike. Key to this is visiting nine-time World Champion Valentino Rossi’s hometown, permanently painted yellow and festooned with images of #46. The old woman bemoaning “that little Spaniard” (Jorge Lorenzo) is especially evocative and funny. Fastest is full of great moments like this—many of them rightly involving Rossi. His highly cinematic “hero falling” storyline naturally engages viewers as a perfectly formed piece of classic dramaturgy. But it’s the scenes with Rossi’s good friend Marco Simoncelli that steal the show, as they provide one last look at the fun-loving Italian before his tragic, fatal accident.