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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.

1/750 f5.6 200mm on Sigma 70-200mm f2.8
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Peter Hickman pictured at Cadwell Race Circuit during the Bennetts British Superbike Championship 2007.

This is the top of the infamous 'Mountain'.
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22/07/06 Oulton Park, Cheshire UK

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.
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Nowhere near my best shot from the weekend technically, but certainly the most dramatic. This is Karl Harris going for maximum air over the "Mountain" at Cadwell Park last weekend.
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Karl "Bomber" Harris launches himself and bike into the air over the famous "Mountain". Taken at Cadwell Park during practice back at the end of August for British Superbike.
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As we wait for the season to start (in this country), here's one from Cadwell Park last season. Johnny Rea on the Red Bull Honda going over the Mountain during British Superbikes in August.
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Le Mans Moto 2007

THE DISTANCE (CAKE)

Reluctantly crouched at the starting line
Engines pumping and thumping in time
The green light flashes, the flags go up
Churning and burning they yearn for the cup
They deftly manoeuver and muscle for rank
Fuels burning fast on an empty tank
Reckless and wild, they pour through the turns
Their prowess is potent and secretly stern
As they speed through the finish, the flags go down
The fans get up and they get out of town
The arena is empty except for one man
Still driving and striving as fast as he can
The sun has gone down and the moon has come up
Not long ago somebody left with the cup
But he's driving and striving an hugging the turns
And thinking of someone for who he still burns
He's going the distance
He's going for speed
She's all alone, all alone, all alone in a time of need
Because he's racing and pacing and plotting the course
He's fighting and biting and riding on his horse
He's going the distance
No trophies, no flowers, no flashbulbs, no lime
He's haunted by something he cannot define
Bowel shaking earthquakes of doubt and remorse
Assail him and bail him with monster truck force
In his mind he's still driving, still making the grade
She's hoping in time that her memories will fade
'Cause he's racing and pacing and plotting the course
He's fighting and biting and riding on his horse
The sun has gone down and the moon has come up
Not long ago somebody left with the cup
But he's striving and driving and hugging the turns
And thinking of someone for whom he still burns

'Cause he's going the distance,
He's going for speed
She's all alone
All alone
All alone
In a time of need
Because he's racing and pacing and plotting the course
He's fighting and biting and riding on his horse
He's racing and pacing and plotting the course
He's fighting and biting and riding on his horse
He's going the distance
He's going for speed
He's going the distance
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Suzuki #1 - Le Mans Moto 2007
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The #33 Zytek at Le Mans making an unplanned trip through a gravel trap at about 6:30am
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Over the Mountain, Cadwell Park British Superbikes meeting.

Along with Harris and Shakey, Rea was easily the biggest and most stylish up and over the 1-in-3 stretch of tarmac.
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I couldn't resist posting this one...

It's not the sharpest of the bunch by any means, but it's Karl Harris in full flow. Watching him over the Mountain was like poetry in motion. The Hydrex roster this season has two of the maddest riders you'll find anywhere in the world and are both a pleasure to watch.
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British GP at Donington, during Saturday qualifying session at Coppice.
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Taken from Druids bend at Brands Hatch, this was the first round of this years British Superbike Championship. It was the usual elbows affair as this the favourite corner for anyone without a media pass. I noticed two bikes in particular, one had flames coming from the exhausts on a shut throttle and the other rider (found elsewhere in my gallery) had titanium toe sliders on his boots causing sparks when they brushed the ground. It took a couple of pre-emptive shots but I eventually cracked it. Comments welcome.
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Taken from Druids bend at Brands Hatch, this was the first round of this years British Superbike Championship. It was the usual elbows affair as this the favourite corner for anyone without a media pass. I noticed two bikes in particular, one had flames coming from the exhausts on a shut throttle (found elsewhere in my gallery) and the other rider had titanium toe sliders on his boots causing sparks when they brushed the ground. It took a couple of pre-emptive shots but I eventually cracked it. Comments welcome.
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Very wet Superbike race, Ulster Grand Prix, August 2007
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Macau Grand Prix 2007 - Steve Plater and John McGuinness, last lap
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Martin Finnegan, Mid Antrim Road Races, August 2007
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Taken at B&S Motors Romanian Superbike Championship, Serres stage.
Rider: Ionut Mistode, one of the fastest riders around :)
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Taken at B&S Motors Romanian Superbike Championship, Serres stage.
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Romanian Superbike, PannoniaRing, Hungary.
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2005 Ford GT.
New Orleans, November 2007.

Different sort of angle, different sort of composition.
It's just that; different.
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2003 Lamborghini Gallardo.
New Orleans, Louisiana. January 1, 2008.

I know a few of you by name who are bound to like this one. ;)
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French Quarter Classic.
November, 2007.

Aston Martin Vanquish S.

Hell yeah.
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Oulton Park, in the background is the right hander leading into Deer's Leap.

This point is the apex of the left kink just following Deer's Leap. There's a small Marshalls Hut raised on stilts.

The riders are hitting maximum accelearation at this point as they head for the Start Finish stretch. This is primo position for the hardened photographer because the bikes are leant over on an off-camber stretch of the track with the throttle wide open and one wheel often quite high up in the air.

Their heads are sometimes leant so far OVER the safety barrier you can see in the foreground that photograpahers have been known to be hit by the passing rider's helmet...at between 130 and 150 miles an hour...

Every rider that went past gave me a serious adrenlaine panic moment as I struggled to fight the urge to leap out of the way
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About 0.2 of a second after my shutter captured this, he was next to me and within a second after that he was more than 100 yards away down the Start/Finish stretch...
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This was one of the toughest weekends I have ever worked.

Another friend of mine and everyone else in the BSB Paddock died. Ex-R6 Cupper Ollie Bridewell was killed instantly in a horrific smash and will be sorely missed.

I feel terrible that I don't have a photogrpah of Ollie racing that I could put up here so instead I took the best shot I could of the current champion and dedicate this shot to him.

RIP Ollie, you've left a really big hole with us mate.
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It's been some time since i wanted to re edit this one, more than a year has passed and well, my skill has improved i guess and really wanted to improve this shot in particular.

Hope you like the new version. Will love some comments.

JJ
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Really really will appreciate a new title for this one!!

Taken at the first round of the national championship. This is the second run of the day in MX1 with last year champion on the Suzuki going for a hard start. He got a comfortable win on the 2 runs.

I normally never do this but I have to mention it... talking about MX photography, take a look at Ian Biggs' gallery ([link]), so much great shots!!!
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Some more Red Bull Racing F1 in Costa Rica.
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