Mancini, The Motorcycle Wizard (2016)
Run Time: 1 hour and 3 minutes
Director: Jeffrey Zani
Writer: Jeffrey Zani
Producer: Jeffrey Zani
Co-Producer: Davide Farabegoli
Key Cast: Valentino Rossi
Key Cast: Loris Capirossi
Key Cast: Andrea Dovizioso
Key Cast: Romano Fenati
Key Cast: Franco Morbidelli
Key Cast: Guido Mancini
Jeffrey Zani is a freelance journalist and filmmaker
His articles and photos have been published in the magazines Cafè Racer (USA), motorcycle.com (CAN), Canadian Biker Magazine (CAN), Inside Motorcycles (CAN), Italian Motor Magazine (UK), Esses (UK), Benzina (UK), Classic Racer (UK), Classic Bike (UK), Motorcycle Sport & Leisure (UK), Retro Bike (AUS), Rapid Bikes (AUS), bikereview.com.au (AUS), Australian Motorcycle News (AUS), Motociclismo d’Epoca (ITA), Rolling Stone (ITA) Icon (ITA), Cafè Racer Italia (ITA), Vice (ITA), GQ (ITA), Riders (ITA), Special Cafè (ITA), Ferro (ITA), Moto Storiche e d’Epoca (ITA), Moto Tecnica (ITA), Classi en Retro (NED), Moto Heroes (FRA)
He’s co-author of the book Cafe Racers, published in 2016 by Nada Editore, and the author of Avventura, published by OCGarage to support a charity project in Mozambique
He has directed three documentaries: Scuderia Filibusta (2012) and Morbidelli – a Story of Men and Fast Motorcycles (2014), as well as Mancini, the Motorcycle Wizard (2016). His documentaries have been screened in Italy, USA, Spain; on Emirates Airlines flights; on Netflix Italy.
He has lived and worked in Bologna, San Marino, Rome and New York.
The mechanic that helped debut five of the most talented Italian motorcycle racers of the last 30 years meets the riders again. 3-times World Champion Loris Capirossi, 9-times World Champion Valentino Rossi, World Champion Andrea Dovizioso, European Champion Franco Morbidelli and European Champion Romano Fenati, who represent the past, the present and the future of hi-level motorcycle racing in Italy, remember their first experiences on a motorcycle with the mechanic that built them and supported the riders in their first races, when they were between 7 and 14 years-old. A former racer himself, Guido Mancini remained pretty unknown until this documentary, which highlights one of the most important figures of Italy’s third most popular sport. He taught the riders how to ride, gave them the proper bike and gear, working night and day in order to give to this sport what it mainly needs: brave, generous and charismatic riders who are able to push to the limit in every race. Original and never-seen-before footage and photos support the meetings between Mr. Mancini and the riders, who laugh and show their feelings in front of the camera, talking about a sport that does not only require talent, but also technical and financial support, without which no result could be achieved. Above all, though, there’s something that is shared by everybody that is deeply involved in motorcycle racing, a dangerous and epic discipline. That thing is ‘passion’, which is Mr. Mancini’s main quality.
The film is available for purchase on DVD and download on the website.