Scott Jones' Glorious Images From Qatar - Day 1

As you have surely already noticed, photographer Scott Jones is at Qatar (funded in part by your generous donations and the support of our carefully selected advertisers), sending back interviews and the fantastic photos which make him our favorite shooter. He's starting to send us some of his fantastic photos, which we have shared with you below. All images should link to high-res versions of the photos. Enjoy!

Mika Kallio at Qatar, Day 1, FP1

Mika Kallio testing his toesliders

Chris Vermeulen at Qatar, Day 1, FP1

Chris Vermeulen, being informed he needs to shift up a gear NOW!

Dani Pedrosa, Qatar, Day 1, FP1

Dani Pedrosa - In pain, but still on the gas

Casey Stoner, Qatar, Day 1, FP1

Casey Stoner demonstrating how to ride a Ducati GP9 really, really fast

Nicky Hayden, Qatar, Day 1, FP1

Nicky Hayden trying to emulate his team mate

Alex de Angelis, Day 1, FP1

Alex de Angelis, Fastest Honda in FP1, but also first into the gravel

#99: Like #48, but faster

Danny Webb, Qatar, Day 1, FP1

Danny Webb was struggling with new fork parts on his De Graaf Aprilia

Marco Simoncelli, Qatar, Day 1, FP1

Break scaphoid Sunday, surgery Tuesday, practice Friday - A week in the life of Marco Simoncelli

Alvaro Bautista, Qatar, Day 1, FP1

Alvaro Bautista will be hoping to capitalize on Simoncelli's misfortune

Mike di Meglio, Qatar, Day 1, FP1

Mike di Meglio: 125 champion, 250 rookie

Marc Marquez, Qatar, Day 1, FP1

Marc Marquez, one of the few people who can make a 125cc racing motorcycle look big

Mika Kallio, Pramac Ducati, commemorating the dead of Abruzzo at Qatar

The Pramac Ducatis are carrying mourning stickers for the dead of the L'Aquila earthquake earlier this week

Hayate, Qatar, FP1, Day 1

The bike formerly known as Kawasaki

Honda RC212V, Qatar, Day 1, FP1

Honda have been in Grand Prix for 50 years this season. They badly want a title to mark the occasion.

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Qatar truly is a great place to get fantastic night photographs.
You can play with long exposures or freeze the action to reveal what we as the viewers miss like the shift lights or the intense concentration in the eyes of these dare devils. Great pics...thanks