A friend of MotoGPMatters.com, and an extremely talented photographer, Jules Cisek, was lucky enough to visit the Red Bull US GP at Laguna Seca and came home with a bunch of fantastic photographs. Jules, who some of you may also know as Popmonkey on a number of motorcycle-related forums, like Rideontwo.com, was kind enough to let us use some of his pictures. So here's a selection of some of our personal favorites.
Someone remembered to bring an Australian flag, just in case.
Two of the most important components of the fastest motorcycles on the planet: An Italian with a laptop.
Innocence and experience: Roger Lee Hayden and Alex Barros.
Nicky Hayden, having a tough weekend.
The benefits of being a corner worker: You get to play with some of the finest motorcycles on earth.
Valentino told Nicky that thing would be heavy.
Carmelo Ezpeleta. It's his show.
The man who keeps the show on the road: In equal parts poet and physician, Dr da Costa.
Surprise of the weekend, in just about every way you can think of, Chaz Davies.
Beauty before age: Miguel Duhamel follows Dani Pedrosa round.
That's a tornado, in case you hadn't noticed.
Compare and contrast: Do you look your way round the corner, or check the track for debris?
Andrew Wheeler, RoadracerX's AMA photographer.
The ever cheerful Sylvain Guintoli.
Toby Moody, half of Eurosport's MotoGP commentary Dynamic Duo.
Two of the most important men in MotoGP: Livio Suppo and Carmelo Ezpeleta.
Meet the new boss.
The Gresini boys crest the top of the Corkscrew.
Peekaboo, Randy, I see you!
Ant West. Yet another fast Australian. Do they grow on trees, or something?
The Corkscrew. It's steep.