Returned to the MotoGP races at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas again this year. Brought the long lens and captured a little on-track action but most of the interesting stuff happens where the people are. Riders, team personnel and fans are always creating good opportunities to capture interesting moments.
The weekend started with an opening party for the Handbuilt Motorcycle Show in the quite trendy South Congress neighborhood.
A young fan gets a glimpse as championship leader (coming into the round, anyway) Maverick Vinales whizzes by on his scooter.
Ducati Sporting Director Paolo Ciabatti in intense conversation in the hospitality tent.
GP engineer extraordinaire Guy Coulon sports the best hair in the paddock.
Jorge Lorenzo heads to work for the 3rd race on his new Ducati team.
Cal Crutchlow leaving the pits for practice. Always good for some sideeye.
Marc Marquez is 5 for 5 in MotoGP wins at this track.
Fans wait endlessly for Valentino Rossi, the sport’s biggest star.
Maria Herrera is the only woman rider in Grand Prix racing right now, on her Moto3 bike.
Jorge Lorenzo stretches to move the roll center and make the Ducati turn, ahead of Danilo Petrucci.
Suzuki gathered current and past riders (L-R Andrea Iannone, Alex Rins, Kenny Roberts Jr. and Kevin Schwantz) for a photo with the new models. They are posing for Gigi Soldano, the go-to MotoGP photographer, whose access and giant lenses I envy.
Friendly face on security on the pit walk, keeping the fans just far enough away from the million-dollar machines.
Drafting is essential for a good lap time in Moto3, some teams take it to an extreme and tail each other out of their pits.
Sam Lowes after crashing in Turn 2 on a cold morning, which wrought havoc with the field.
Tom Luthi checks the parade of other Moto2 riders attempting to get a tow down the long main straight during practice.
Fans in the stands, #1
Fans in the stands, #2
Valentino Rossi’s riding coach, former 250cc champion Luca Cadalora, sports a hat so no one forgets what he does on the team.
Umbrella girls – a fixture in the paddock
Dani Pedrosa starting up the hill to turn 1
Valentino Rossi rode to 2nd place despite a small time penalty and secured the championship lead over his teammate, who crashed out.
Andrea Iannone struggles to escape the throngs of fans waiting outside his garage after the race.
Starting to pack up the whole show to go back to Europe for the next round
New tires are mounted for each race weekend, so teams only travel with wheels. Lots of them.
More friendly security staff, this is Anita, who looked after the paddock for the weekend.