MotoGP 2011 Saturday qualifying

A few shots from Saturday practice at the Australian MotoGP.

Marco Simoncelli off at turn 10.

Checking the circuit mapAvenue of PI winnersMrs Tarsnakes & Mick

 I suffered a bit of ‘lens envy’!

TV cameraman on the job

Then lunch time comes!

As AC DC said “It’s a long way to the top …..”Back to the qualifying

Rossi did a lot of laps but you could kinda tell his heart wasn’t in it

It didn’t occur to me on Saturday that this guy could end up world champion by Sunday evening.The weekend ended up with a fair bit of rider injury. Ben Spies “off” at 270 kph on Saturday left him concussed & with a broken rib(s), Cudlin (Aussie wildcard) had extreme bruising and skin loss so neither he nor Spies raced on Sunday. Young female 125cc racer Avalon Biddle from New Zealand also wound up concussed after a practice crash which ended her weekend as well. The big news was Jorge Lorenzo’s fall during Sunday morning’s warmup that left him with a traumatic amputation of the left ring finger – this meant Stoner only had to get 6th of better to claim the world title for 2011.There are some pretty horrific pics of Jorge’s hand as he pulled his glove off doing the rounds on the net. It also meant that neither factory Yamaha raced in the OZ MotoGP.

Stoner’s race and championship from The Age newspaper.

Marty & I had a look through the Expo and I have to say as Kawasaki owners we were both bitterly disappointed that they were the only Japanese manufacturer absent. I’d say it was a significant stuff up by Kawasaki Australia, given that this was the same week that Kawasaki announced the new 2012 ZX14 (ZZR1400) with so much online hype. Ah well, just had to settle with feasting on the V4 Aprilia!

The other significant absence was that of the late Ken Wootton. I was pleased to see that a tribute for him was held on Sunday prior to the MotoGP race.

The event was extremely well run, atmosphere was very friendly and Saturday’s crowd seemed much larger than last time I went. Riders complained about bumps in the track and Linfox have announced that the track will be resurfaced during December and January. Full story HERE