Trackside Tuesday: Causing a Ruckus in Austin

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At last weekend’s Grand Prix of the Americas in Austin I achieved a landmark moment in my fledgling MotoGP career. Thanks to Melanie at Asphalt & Rubber, I was the proud recipient of a Honda Ruckus scooter and what a revelation it was!

The ability to get from point to point with ease was a joy although I did have one small mishap, of sorts. On race day I had decided to photograph the MotoGP race from the outside of the track.

I started at Turn 1 and worked my round to Turn 10. After spending a couple of laps at Turn 10, I returned to my scooter and realised I was missing one of my cameras.

After spending a few seconds looking around for the camera, I came to the awful conclusion that I must have left it at the previous point, as I was confident I’d had it there.

I jumped on the scooter and rode back to the last place I’d been shooting. Upon arrival there was no sign of the missing camera. With a growing feeling of panic I returned to Turn 10 to find one of my fellow photographs looking a little bemused.

It was at this point I realised what I’d done. Parked behind the photographer was an identical scooter to the one I was currently riding. The major difference being that the other scooter had my missing camera, sitting on in its footwell.

Feeling a little foolish I returned his scooter to him and re-claimed my scooter and camera. It turned out that it was the 2nd time that it had happened to him that day. Thankfully he saw the funny side of it.

Photo: © 2015 Tony Goldsmith / – All Rights Reserved

Tony Goldsmith is an Isle of Man based freelance motorcycle racing photographer specialising in MotoGP and the Isle of Man TT races. His website can be found at He can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.

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Tony Goldsmith

Tony Goldsmith is a freelance motorcycle racing photographer based in the Isle of Man. He specializes in taking photos of the MotoGP Championship, as well as the Isle of Man TT road races.