The tower/diving board: visually stunning, and for those of us with vertigo, terrifying.
The second best thing about the tower is way it lends itself to artistic photos
But the best thing about the tower is the view it gives you of just how far riders like Jack Miller hang off the bike
Even Valentino Rossi, nearing retirement, is way, way off the bike
It was a hard weekend for Rossi, however.
Marc Marquez won over fans by carrying a Nicky Hayden flag on his victory lap and into parc ferme
Franco Morbidelli, the most picturesque helmet in the paddock, now in a darker blue
Austin was where Pecco Bagnaia saw the 2021 championship slip out of his hands...
And into the hands of Fabio Quartararo. Quartararo's secret? Getting the Yamaha M1 stopped faster than anyone else
Stopping is something Jack Miller likes to practice. Reaching Toprak levels of efficiency
Takaaki Nakagami switched to the 2021 aero package on his LCR Honda, and had real pace, before throwing it away by crashing
Austin was a weekend where Andrea Dovizioso made a lot of progress
Eyes on the prize
High mass discs on the KTM RC16. And on forks and tires, all the info you need: a 12/70 Michelin Power Slick Evo front, and WP Apex Pro closed cartridge cone valve carbon forks
Different ride-height/holeshot device setups for the Suzuki riders. Alex Rins has a thumb lever for the ride height, and a finger lever for the holeshot
By contrast, Joan Mir has two thumb levers
Prominently visible is also the tank extension with knee grips extending further over the frame, providing more purchase for Mir's knees
At the top, the teardrop-shaped fork covers to reduce drag on the Ducati GP21. Below it, the fork extension sensor rod is connected to the brake mount, just behind the fork canister
The right shoulder of Marc Marquez' Alpinestars leathers has been extended to make it a little roomier, and a little more comfortable
The first thing the mechanics do when putting the bike up on paddock stands in pit lane is turn the handlebars, to prevent nosey souls from taking photos and figuring out rake and trail
Hommage to Kevin Schwantz: Joan Mir used the legendary American's font for his racing number on Sunday
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