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Photo Essay: 12 Shots from MotoGP in Austin

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The large swatches of red, white, and blue paint at the Circuit of the Americas are a great visual addition to an already fairly scenic track.

Throw in a bit of elevation change, and the colors provide endless possibilities waiting to be explored.

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With smooth armco and solid stripes serving as a background, a motion blur was easy to achieve. This came with a caveat, as this particular composition was also only possible with the fastest riders.

The reason for this is that the armco abruptly cuts off mid-corner, followed immediately by unsightly plastic crash barriers that required a substantially slower shutter speed to smooth out.

Slower riders didn’t get their bikes down at full lean until they were past the armco, which yielded very different results.

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I tend to gravitate towards abstract compositions that intentionally obscure the location on the track. Any educated guesses as to Dani Pedrosa’s whereabouts?


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Taking large swigs of water has been proven to be an effective and reliable method for MotoGP riders to ignore each other.

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Despite his competitive pace, Cal Crutchlow once again leaves a race weekend empty-handed.

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Loris Baz crashed early in the race but remounted, ultimately scoring the final point, thanks in-part to an unusually high number of retirements and off-track excursions by other riders.

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Valentino Rossi chose to race with winglets in Austin. They weren’t helpful.

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The first two laps of the race came and went and I still couldn’t quite figure out a decent composition so I decided to try a wide angle for the third.

Moments after snapping this photo, loud gasps and groans suddenly erupted from the nearby crowd of spectators.


I wouldn’t realize for another half a lap that a certain nine-time world champion had crashed out of the race.

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Some riders have more fans than others.

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Andrea Dovizioso enjoys plenty of open track during qualifying, a luxury he did not have during either of the last two races.

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Reigning world champion Jorge Lorenzo shifts just enough of his weight forward, to keep the front wheel on the ground, coming out of Turn 15.
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Would this selfie have taken place had the entire front row finished on the podium?

Photos: © 2016 Daniel Lo / Corner Speed Photo – All Rights Reserved

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