(Almost) a day at the Races

I needed to complete some photo work for my course, and the final round of the Australian Superbikes was about 10 mins from my house, so bright and early on Sunday I headed for the track.

Sunrise over the last turn at EC
Sunrise over the last turn at Eastern Creek Raceway

I was about halfway there when I realised exactly how bright and how early it was…. about 0630. I started to wonder if the track would even be unlocked when I got there. As it was I did get in, about the same time that the first mechanics arrived to start work.


The bike parking (at 0700, racing starts at about 1100)
The bike parking (at 0700, racing starts at about 1100)
As you can see it was a bit of a ghost town.

Even though it’s Australia’s premier category they have open pits, so included in the entry is the ability to hang about in the pits all day. And as I was about the only spectator and the only photographer about at the time, most of the garages were really friendly and let me get up close and personal with the bikes. A fascinating range of machines and budgets were on display.

Team Yamaha
Team Yamaha
Team Yamaha

Some Ducati's sharing a garage with a BMW
Some Ducati’s sharing a garage with a BMW

GSXR

Ducati 1098 (or 1198 I suppose)
Ducati 1098 (or 1198 I suppose)
Rolling out for the last free practice

I hung around until the start of the final practice, but then had to leave to get home before the Mrs left for work. I sure hope the crowds picked up a little!

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Author: Mabaho

I'm a married dad who likes to play WoW and ride my motorbike. Originally a strong focus WoW blog, but over the last while has become a more general blog about things going on in my world.

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