Rather than bring my bulky DSLR and long lenses to the MotoGP race this year, I opted for just my little fixed-lens Fuji X100T. It’s got a 23mm lens which is fairly wide-angle. It was a creative challenge to capture the goings-on without relying on action photos of the riders on track. Someday soon I will have my media credential and be inside the fences. Until then, I hope I conveyed the atmosphere of the race weekend with a little unconventional approach.
The observation tower at Circuit of the Americas is its defining feature, and gives unique views of the track for those who spring for the ticket to go up.
Long lenses and media credentials inside the fences cover the on-track action.
Honda MotoGP rider Marc Marquez mobbed in the paddock between sessions. He went on to win the championship in 2016 and has won every race contested at Circuit of the Americas.
Rider looks on during flat track races at a temporary oval in the middle of downtown Austin, adjacent to the Handbuilt Motorcycle Show.
The Handbuilt Motorcycle Show ran concurrently with MotoGP weekend.
Moto3 bikes are small but fast and loud. Juanfran Guevara heads out for practice from the auxiliary tents for the Moto3 teams.
Valentino Rossi fan Robin displays fresh autograph on her hand and her “46” manicure job.
AMA Pro Flat Track race was also held under the lights on a newly constructed oval near the Circuit of the Americas track.
AMA Pro Flat Track race was held under the lights on a newly constructed oval near the Circuit of the Americas track.
Umbrella girls attract attention in the paddock and on the starting grid. This is Tony Goldsmith, noted MotoGP photographer, capturing the action.
Catch fences surround the track and provide a challenge for photography without a long lens or a media credential.