04/08/06 14.46 World Superbike Championship Brands Hatch Kent UK
Noriyuki Haga around the back section of the Brands Circuit and as he rolls off the throttle his Yamaha R1 spits fuel into the pipes which then ignites. Quite dramatic and predicable which is great news for snappers.
Dean Ellison on board his Slingshot Racing Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade during a practice lap for the British Superbike Championship 2006.
Thanks as ever to Jay and Tasha at Londonbikers.com for the press arrangements for access to these events, a pass to get close enough for a mere 200mm lens, and the motivation to get my ass out there. Forever in your debt guys.
1/500sec f9.5 iso100 200mm on Sigma 70-200mm f2.8 EX
Minor contrast adjustment and burning of left corner to balance the frame. Edge sharpening applied to emphasis depth.
Ollie Bridewell, 21 yrs, died on circuit as a result of injuries suffered in a fall on Friday 20th July 2007 at Mallory Park during a wet practice session for the Bennetts British Superbike round that weekend.
Ollie was perhaps the nicest guy in the paddock and frankly it nearly made me go home and forget the idea of trying to shoot these events.
I can't offer much support for those more closely affected by this tragedy, but photos can last forever and I hope the memories of this charming, witty, intelligent, gentle and respectful young man last forever too.
Nicky Hayden on his Repsol Honda 800cc MotoGP bike shot this year during the British round at Donington Park.
Turns out it was to be his last year with Honda, he won the championship with them in 2006 but wasn't able to recreate that form until near the end of this year. Next year he's on the wild Ducati which should suit his lairy style to a 'T'.
Thanks as ever to Londonbikers.com for the press pass and opportunity to use it.