Scott Jones, Ducati Corse

Scott Jones' Misano Adventure, Part Two: The Sun Returns


Blue skies. Not something we saw much of the first couple of days at Misano


Two days of testing and a revised chassis saw a marked improvement for Valentino Rossi


Andrea Dovizioso, forty miles from home

Scott Jones' Misano Adventure, Part One: Lost To The Rain


Happy Families? Happier after a podium at Misano, that's for sure


Maverick. Motorcycle racer


Racing Blu? Some liked it, others didn't

At Home With Scott Jones: Race Day Photos From Laguna


Not bad for a first timer


Lorenzo looked like he had it in the bag. But then he didn't


Start the shark music

At Home With Scott Jones: Saturday From A Foggy Laguna


Easy rider. Well, not that easy.


Stefan Bradl's trackday at Laguna paid off. He hasn't had to waste a session learning the track


Michele Pirro, soaking up the glorious NorCal weather

At Home With Scott Jones: Friday From Laguna


Laguna baby!


Elevation. Laguna Seca has it


Nine more, and we won't be able to see this any longer

Photographer's Blog: A Story of Racing Portraits

I've been thinking a lot lately about what advice and help I can give other photographers, largely because I'm leading a photography seminar two weeks before the MotoGP round at Laguna Seca. In addition to technique, camera settings, and workflow secrets, I'll also be talking about the 'mental game' of photography, and one of the ideas of this aspect of getting interesting pictures is overcoming shyness and having the courage to take risks.

The above portrait of Romano Fenati and his father, Claudio, is one of my favorites from 2012, and I'd like to share its tale, both for those who are interested in a behind the scenes MotoGP story, and also for my fellow shooters who enjoy occasionally finding photography-related comments in this space.

Photographer's Blog: This is No Sport for Old Men

Sometimes the guy in 6th place gets there with such style that his story is more compelling, more inspiring, and more enjoyable than the victor's. For me, the biggest story of Silverstone 2012 starts at least as early as Donington in 2008. James Toseland showed up to his home race in his rookie G.P. year to find the expected amount of media attention. It seemed in the days leading up the race that Toseland was on every front page in the country, and it also seemed impossible for any literate person in the U.K. not to know he was the local boy in the coming race at Donington Park. Not shy on courage, Toseland wore the English flag on his shoulders, literally, by appearing on Sunday in custom white leathers adorned with the red cross of St. George. 

What unfolded as the race began was painful to watch, even as a foreigner. Toseland charged into the first turn at Redgate and crashed. He gathered himself and his bike up and continued on, far behind the race for the victory, but was cheered as he made his lonely way from grandstand to grandstand. At least local hopes for a good result had not been made to suffer for long. 

Scott Jones At Silverstone 2012: Race Day


You spin me right round, baby


Moto2 - the battle for second. No quarter asked, none given


Jorge Lorenzo is looking fearsome so far this season

Scott Jones At Silverstone 2012: Qualifying Shots


You put your left leg in ...


What makes Silverstone so challenging is having to brake so hard as you tip the bike in. Jorge Lorenzo demonstrates the proper technique


Elbowz?


Elbows!

Scott Jones At Silverstone 2012: Friday Photos


Fastest Ducati rider of the weekend so far: Nicky Hayden


Crutchlow had a bad day on Friday, then a worse day on Saturday. No luck at home for the Englishman


Big skies at Silverstone

Scott Jones Shoots Miller: Race Day Photos


WSBK race starts, or how to squeeze as many bikes as possible into a small spot


The racing was good, and the backdrops were stunning


Sykes leads the early race 1 Superbike serpent

Scott Jones Shoots Miller: Sunday Superbikes


It's Miller Time!


An object lesson in braking, by Tom Sykes


It's hard, but at least John Hopkins is back on a bike

Scott "Scooter" Jones Shoots Miller: Saturday Spectacle


Ironic: The only permanent American rider in WSBK and John Hopkins finds himself having to learn the track


All around the world I've been looking ...


Miller Motorsports Park has one of the most dramatic backdrops of any circuit in the world

Photographer's Blog: Interview with Federica De Zottis, MotoGP Press Manager, Ducati Corse

Having worked directly with Max Biaggi, Casey Stoner, Nicky Hayden and Valentino Rossi, to name only a few, Federica De Zottis’ experience in Grand Prix motorcycle racing is truly unique. For the past five years she has worked closely with the Ducati Team riders, her current main responsibility on race weekends being to assist with the press duties of Valentino Rossi. When I approached her about the possibility of an interview, she was kind enough to invite me to the Ducati hospitality at Estoril to share her story.

 

Scott Jones: Federica, you're currently MotoGP Press Manager for Ducati Corse. Could you please describe your job for us?

Federica de Zottis: My job is split into two parts, the part that I do in the office in Bologna, and the part that I do here [in the MotoGP paddock]. Of course they are linked together, but during the winter I spend most of the time at the office.

Photographer's Blog: Interview with Rhys Edwards, HRC Communications and Marketing Manager

The longer I get to work in the MotoGP paddock, the more it strikes me how many talented people contribute to the show by working behind the curtain while a small percentage of personalities get most of the media attention. Rhys Edwards, whom you may recognize from his frequent position in Casey Stoner’s seat during shots of the Respol garage, is one of many people I’ve met who manage to perform roles of great responsibility while remaining friendly, approachable and warm individuals. When I learned something about his background in Formula One, I assumed he would have an interesting story to tell about his career and how he arrived at HRC, and he was generous enough to let me ask him some questions about his experience during the final GP weekend at Estoril.

Scott Jones: Rhys, you’re Communications and Marketing Manager at Honda Racing Corporation. Many of our readers may not know exactly what that means, so could you give a brief description of your role at HRC?

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