Cal Crutchlow, Ducati, MotoGP, Moto2, Qatar, Losail, QMMF, QSBK, March, 2014
Cal Crutchlow, Ducati, MotoGP, Losail, Qatar, 2014
I’m supposed to be maintaining radio silence until the first couple of days in May when I will have finished the three year university course I’ve been doing after work each night.
However…I recently had the privilege of obtaining a Media Pass for the opening round of the 2014 MotoGP season at Losail International Circuit in Qatar.
If that wasn’t a good enough excuse to skip the studies for three days then I don’t know what is!
I fired off about 10k shots, of which I reckon about 7k of them are quite sharp, say 3k are definite keepers, and probably 1000 are just awesome (in my humble, inexperienced and usually over-exuberant opinion!).
Seriously, I was clicking away, true to fashion, like a maniac on a once in a lifetime opportunity! To say I was SuperStoked does’t even come close…I was “SuperCadjaFradjaListicallyStoked” when I first walked down to the inside of Turn 16 with the camera and witnessed Dani Pedrosa come through with his shoulder pretty much on the rumble strip.
Bearing in mind this was lap 3 of FP 1 and it was already shoulders down….I actually froze up for a couple of laps and watched in sheer amazement…the lines, the speed, noise and violence of these bikes is literally on another level to anything I’ve personally ever witnessed going round a race track! I’m not too sure what, if anything, could trump seeing MotoGP bikes come through a corner at full tilt only a few metres away?
I ended up snapping a few at turn 16 because the track is close, there’s good light and they get leant over quite a bit. Once I felt like I’d sort of got my bike photography mojo back I jumped into an Alfardan Automobiles BMW 7 series media shuttle (hehehe, check me out cruising in style!), and went all the way round to the outside of the circuit to Turn 11 to catch a few of the guys ripping and gripping through there.
I thought this one of Cal Crutchlow murdering his rear tyre on his new Ducati would make for a decent first MotoGP action post. The new livery looks amazing when it pops under the Losail floodlights. I’m not too sure if Cal is going to be able to tame this thing and develop it enough to be properly competitive this season, but regardless, I reckon there’s a few million of us Brits rooting for him to stick her on the podium!
Can you imagine just tootling home in the car on a dark night, minding your own business, and then suddenly Cal Crutchlow popped into your rear view mirror on his snarling Duke, before taking off past you on the back wheel…hehehe…you’d probably stick it into a lamp-post through sheer panic! lol
Anyway, enough of my mindless waffling…must stop looking at MotoGP photo’s, re-focus and get back to putting this dissertation to bed…