Lara Croft Beats Indiana Jones In Motorbike Pollby Contributor | 23 May 2008
A chase scene from Tomb Raider has been named the favourite movie moment for motorcycling fans, with Indiana Jones failing to even make the top five.
Despite the fourth film in the franchise - Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull - premiering at the Cannes film festival and being predicted to smash box office records after its worldwide opening on Thursday, it was Angelina Jolie's leather-clad outing as Lara Croft that sped its way into bikers' hearts.
While the sidecar chase from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade is considered one of the defining moments of the trilogy of films about the adventurous archaeologist, it failed to make the top five in the poll carried out by motorbike insurer Bennetts.
Even more surprisingly, classic biking scenes such as Steve McQueen's race to the Swiss border in The Great Escape and Tom Cruise's Aviatorclad ride to Kelly McGillis in Top Gun missed out on the number one spot in favour of Jolie's jumpsuit-wearing ride about a Yamaha TRX 850.
Scenes from Easy Rider and The Motorcycle Diaries were two shock omissions from the survey, compiled from bikers across the country during this year's Bennetts British Superbike Championship.
Bennetts marketing director, Mark Fells, admitted that the results were a surprise.
"With everyone talking about Indiana Jones being the big blockbuster of the summer, it's really surprising to see its predecessor didn't make the top five motorcycling movie moments," he said.
"There's some much-loved biking greats in the mix but it seems that bikers have always had a soft spot for Lara Croft!"
The top five biking movie moments were:
1 Tomb Raider - Angelina Jolie's sexy heroine races to the rescue
2 The Great Escape - Steve McQueen's chase sequence to the Swiss border
3 Top Gun - Tom Cruise rides to see his new love interest
4 The Matrix Reloaded - Neo races away from the agents onto oncoming traffic on a motorway
5 Terminator 2: Judgement Day - Arnold Schwarzenegger's chased by the T-100 through the streets.