Thu, 2008-06-19 20:11

Friend of and outstanding photographer Scott Jones of Turn2Photography attended the Day of Champions at Donington today, and spoke briefly to Ben Spies.

Here's what Scott told us:

"I spoke briefly to Spies when he came out of the garage to sign from autographs. He said that the light blue of Rizla felt fine except when he put his new leathers on—then he mimicked walking stiffly which seemed a metaphor for the unfamiliar feel of the 800 machine compared to his GSX-R in the darker Yoshimura blue. He said that the 800 felt “just a bit” different from his bike back home with a sardonic smile.

I asked if Vermeulen and Capirossi had been helped him adjust to the new bike, and he said that Chris hadn’t spoken to him much, but that Loris would help him when he arrived on Friday. When I asked how the overall experience was going he said it was fine except that he didn’t know where he was going, in reference to the unfamiliar Donington track."

Spies in powder blue Rizlas
Ben Spies

Elbowz Bike

Ben Spies' Suzuki

Ruben's gone, here comes Ben.
Spies #11
Spies and the Rizla Suzuki crew

Spies and crew

An extra 1
Ben Spies' Suzuki

Gratuitous Art Shot

Ben Spies' Suzuki


Mon, 2007-10-29 20:26

As most of you know by now, we occasionally feature MotoGP photography from sources off the beaten path here at A couple of months ago, someone who posts as RLCanon over on the Adventure Rider website posted up a couple of pictures from his visit to the Misano MotoGP round. We liked them a lot, and we hope you like them too.

Colin Edwards, demonstrating how to crane your neck.


Edwards again. His '07 helmet paint job is truly a thing of beauty, as is the tail section on the '08 M1. Shame the results aren't as good as the bike's looks.

John Hopkins looks where he wants to be going.

Style contrast: Kurtis Roberts leans his upper body over, and looks all the way to the exit, while Nicky Hayden shifts his lower body, and looks less far ahead.

Nicky Hayden: Hanging off and looking through.

The M1's tail is much prettier than the stubby RC212V.

Kurtis Roberts again. It's been a tough year for all at Team Roberts.

Casey Stoner has been a little more successful this year. Note the chunk of tarmac missing from the track ahead of his wheel.

The Doctor scans for more damaged track surface.

Valentino Rossi probably should have kept the Excalibur helmet. It might have helped.

John Hopkins may be the king of the standup wheely, but Nicky Hayden demonstrates he's not too shabby sitting down.

Our thanks for being given permission to use these pictures, and if you liked these, there's a couple more fantastic images here.

Mon, 2007-08-13 22:37

Well, the previous batch of photos from Jules "Popmonkey" Cisek proved such a success that we thought we'd provide some more. Reader Scott Jones e-mailed us to let us know that he had some photos of Laguna Seca, and he kindly agreed to let us feature a few here. We hope you agree with us that they are well worth a gander.

If you've never seen one, this is what the tail of a Kawasaki Supersport bike looks like

Ben's spare leathers


Choices, choices ...

So that's what they make

Raid your piggy bank, and check down the back of the sofa ...

No, not that 46

Come in, number 7, your time is up

The Doctor, about to crest Turn 6

Team mates. This year ...

You're supposed to look where you're going, Shinya

Minutes later, Alex Hofmann and Sylvian Guintoli would tangle. Very painfully.

Alex Barros, Ace Braker

Chaz Davies, The World's Luckiest Man

Valentino Rossi, about to head down the Corkscrew once again

Yes, that's fast.

Dani Pedrosa. He's fast at Laguna.

Randy de Puniet

Nicky did not three-peat


Former world champion Kenny Roberts Jr. Is he done?

And the title of Coolest AMA Superbike Rider goes to .... Ben Bostrom

... despite competition from Ben Spies ...

... and Spies' team mate Mat Mladin

Commentating legend Julian Ryder

Another fast Hayden, Roger Lee

Jeremy Burgess, motorcycle genius

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Mon, 2007-08-06 20:54

A friend of, 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, was kind enough to let us use some of his pictures. So here's a selection of some of our personal favorites.

Colin Edwards

Valentino Rossi

John Hopkins

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.

Skydiving serendipity.

If you'd like to see more of Jules' pictures, head on over to his 07 US GP gallery, have a look at his pictures from the past two visits MotoGP paid to Laguna Seca, or check out his other work.