Photo of the Week: Turning Point

07/05/2011 @ 7:12 pm, by Scott Jones3 COMMENTS

Photo of the Week: Turning Point photo of the week jorge lorenzo mugello scott jones

As David Emmett and I spoke to Yamaha racing boss Lin Jarvis after Sunday’s GP at Mugello, Mr. Jarvis said “George earned his salary today.” The race at Mugello held several surprises. Rossi managed 6th place thanks to a substantial set up change Sunday morning; Casey Stoner tried to run away, but was caught and passed by two riders, including teammate Andrea Dovizioso; Dovi claimed the home town glory, and was the most impressive Honda rider; and Simoncelli not only finished a race but didn’t crash, and caused no broken bones.

To me, however, the stand out performance was Jorge Lorenzo’s, as JL showed precisely the mental qualities that Sic lacks at the moment. JL was patient, didn’t give up in spite of the early race plot indicating that Casey was as good as gone, and settled in to go the distance as fast as he could, eventually earning the win after several battles to reach the front. Because of the confidence this race must give Lorenzo, Mugello may prove to be a turning point in a season where most expect Casey Stoner to ride into the sunset.

Scott Jones is a professional photographer known for his great action shots and poignant candids when covering MotoGP and WSBK racing events. You may have already seen his work on MotoMatters (they still have more calendars available that feature Scott’s work by the way). Not only do we like Scott’s shots, but he fits right in with our all Nikon-totting office.

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Comment:

  1. Ricardo Zeta says:

    Go Lorenzo!

  2. mxs says:

    I find it silly how people make Lorenzo look like he rode a vastly better race then Stoner. Stoner’s tire grip was shot due to a mistakenly set tire pressure. His tire was spinning everywhere (even Lorenzo and Dovi have noticed that following him) …. what does that have to do with Lorenzo riding superior race?

    I know it’s tempting to draw interesting conclusions resulting into terms like “season changing turning point …” ….. often times it is not, like in this case.

    The tire guy I am sure is done in Stoner’s garage and it will be back to top place business the next time around … :-)

  3. Bryan says:

    Spot on ‘mxs’
    Looks like it was not a turning point after all. Just a fortunate day for JL as opposed to an unfortunate one for CS.