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Austin MotoGP 2016

April 18, 2016

Finished going through my pictures from the 2016 Austin MotoGP races at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.  This track is not the best place to get shots of the race if you don't have a press pass, but I got some keepers.  This is my third race at Austin, and I'll definitely be back next year.  Click here for the full gallery.

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We still get the paddock passes every year.  It's nice walking around and seeing all the racers you've come to idolize over when watching races on TV.  Dani Pedrosa.  5'3" and rides a 230 mph bike like it's nothing.  I really hope he wins a championship before he retires. 2016 Austin MotoGP2016 Austin MotoGP

Marc Marquez, 2 time world champ, and the guy who ruined my life. 2016 Austin MotoGP2016 Austin MotoGP

Scott Redding.  Super nice guy.  Met him at the Red Bull after party after the races were over. 2016 Austin MotoGP2016 Austin MotoGP

Maverick Vinales.  New guy to the paddock, but already on a factory ride and rumor has it will be going to Factory Yamaha next year. 2016 Austin MotoGP2016 Austin MotoGP

Alex Rins.  Dominated the Moto2 race. 2016 Austin MotoGP2016 Austin MotoGP

Eugene Laverty, on one of the non-factory teams, but still doing great in the series this year so far.

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Maverick in full power ranger armor.

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Rossi (God for short).

2016 Austin MotoGP2016 Austin MotoGP Pol Espargaro.  Hasn't had much luck these past few seasons, so we'll see where he ends up next year.

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Took a few more "candids" to keep myself interested in developing the pictures. 2016 Austin MotoGP2016 Austin MotoGP

I'm sitting here with $6000 in camera/lenses/extenders shooting over the fence, and these two idiots are 30 feet away from the action shooting it up with cell phones.  I give up.

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I had no problems playing fan photographer in the paddock.  If you like racing, you should definitely get to a MotoGP race.  The one in Austin is a blast.  Amazing food, and when the weather holds out, it's perfect.

Full gallery is here: Austin MotoGP 2016.  As always, questions and comments are always welcome.

 

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