This time of the year is always a battle with the weather. The end of May beginning of June is a tough one in Wisconsin and this year would not be any different. The MotoAmerica event is one of my favorites of the season, however, I was not able to make it until Sunday due to other obligations.
Sunday Was The Best Day
According to the other photographers that I meet up with on a regular basis, I “picked the right day” to be at Road America. The weather on Friday and Saturday was something that took up most of the conversation surrounding the super bike weekend.
Saturday was a day that saw bright sunny skies, clouds roll in without notice, high winds and even some hail. YES, hail! I saw the photos! it was one of those magical days were it was bright and sunny at the finish line, but raining and causing issues between the carousel and Canada Corner (turn 12). So, I felt pretty good about my day on Sunday, however, it was going to be packed with trying to get a weekend worth of photos done in 1 day.
My Favorite Part of The Day
This included getting a chance to get up close and personal with the racers. The Fan Walk is always a great time for those attending the race where they can get autographs and tell quick stories to their favorite riders. I love to capture these moments as they happen and it was particularly active at the table where Josh Herrin was sitting.
I have been taking photos of Josh Herrin for a couple of years now and it is quite clear that he has become a fan favorite at Road America. The line for his table was long and he did not waste any time talking with each of the fans that waited to meet up with him.
Oh Yeah, The Racing
I got some inspiration, from another photographer (https://twitter.com/GeoCrashPhoto) that could not make it to Road America this year, to take photos that nobody else was taking. I knew that that meant and it had a lot to do with getting to uncomfortable places on the track and taking photos of the action that you are not typically seeing posted online.
ND filters and slow shutter speeds were just part of the mix that day and the clouds were an awesome part of the equation as well. Getting around the huge track is made easier with my moped, but trying to find that shot that “nobody” else was taking was harder than I thought it would be.
I always like to try and take photos of the top 5 finishers as they race around the track, as well as every single rider in the race, when possible. The MotoAmerica racers are short and that makes things quite difficult. As you can see from my gallery, I think I did an OK job.
Josh Herrin Wins Sunday, Toni Crashes Again
I love to watch Toni Elias just fly around Road America. The bike he is on (the Suzuki GSX-R1000) always seems like it has rockets tied to it compared to the others on the track. The guy moves around the track like a pro and can easily get a lead in just a lap or 2.
Last season I watched him crash out on the last lap trying to keep Cameron Beaubier from making a move through Canada Corner (turn 12) and even though I missed the action this season, Toni crashed out again on the last lap, however this time it was in turn 14. Josh Herrin had already made some crazy move coming out of the carousel and Toni was really trying hard to keep up with him to the finish line.
As you already know, things did not end well for him. Josh Herrin, Cameron Beaubier and Garrett Gerloff came around to the finish line and that was all she wrote for the 2nd race of the MotoAmerica weekend at Road America.
Now that the season is jamming along and the Wisconsin weather has finally settled into less Winter, I am looking forward to spending time at the race track. Coming up this weekend (June 14, 15, 16th) is the popular June Sprints. With little time to rest and recharge batteries, the NTT IndyCar series visits the very next weekend, with a wedding shoot that I have scheduled to round out the month of June.
So for the next 2 weeks, the racing action will be packed into Road America. I am hoping to keep the blog updated with photos and story time. I also have a goal of getting my vloggin’ on the next 2 weekends, but we’ll see how it goes.
Thanks for following along, I appreciate it very much!