A TOP North Wales biker has a starring role in a new all-action computer game.
One of the virtual riders in the PlayStation®2 game TT Superbikes Real Road Racing Championship is based on speed king Paul Owen, from Llangollen.
The 36-year-old is fresh from competing in the Isle of Man TT series for the 12th time.
Gamers will be able to choose to race as Paul aboard his Kawasaki 1000cc superbike, on circuits from the Isle of Man to Macau in China.
That should prove a talking point when he brings his speed machines, ranging from a 125cc Honda up to the 1000cc Kawasaki and his haul of six trophies from the most recent TT series to the inaugural Motorbike Show on Saturday and Sunday, August 2 and 3.
The event is at the Royal International Pavilion showground when organisers also hope to give visitors a taste of the new game.
The man behind St Asaph-based Jester Interactive, the creators of the game, is motorbike enthusiast Clark Evans, from Gwyddel Wern, near Corwen.
He said: “I got to know Paul at road racing events because I’m a big fan.
“In developing the games we have to visit the circuits, map them and recreate them and I met Paul and got to know him.
“We need to make the games as realistic as possible and that means paying attention to the finest details so we can recreate everything in 3D, from circuits to bikes and riders.”
It’s a thrill for Paul, one of three generations of his family to climb onto a racing bike – the others are his dad Gareth and eight-year-old son Thomas.
He said: “It’s brilliant that Clark has used me in the game. I can’t believe it but he’s been really helpful to me in my racing.
“It went really well on the Isle of Man this year and I picked up six trophies and lapped at over 120mph for the first time.”