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Thumbs up MotoGP Rocked!

Me, Joe, and 2 other buddies of mine went to MotoGP and had an absolute blast! We were for every event all 3 days of activities, and had a ball hanging out after the daily festivities at the track. I took a ton of pictures to share (once I get through them all) and there are a number of interesting stories to tell. It was a fantastic time, and I already have rooms booked for next year!

I'll post more with pics and such later.

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post #2 of 22 Old Jul 23rd, 2007, 8:18 pm
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They will also visit Indy next year...I think they said September. I always wanted to go to Indianapolis.

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Hurry up David - the race was Sunday afternoon!

Glad you had a good time - I always look forward to your top notch pics amigo...

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Did you get pics of Joe trying to sneak in as one of the factory riders?

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They will also visit Indy next year...I think they said September. I always wanted to go to Indianapolis.
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Hurry up David - the race was Sunday afternoon!

Glad you had a good time - I always look forward to your top notch pics amigo...
Well, I did take a few (about 3600) so it may take a couple of hours to sort through them all and pic out the god ones. I hope to get through them in the next and put up a web page with them in the next few days. But hey, anticipation is a good thing, right??

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Me, Joe, and 2 other buddies of mine went to MotoGP and had an absolute blast! We were for every event all 3 days of activities, and had a ball hanging out after the daily festivities at the track. I took a ton of pictures to share (once I get through them all) and there are a number of interesting stories to tell. It was a fantastic time, and I already have rooms booked for next year!

I'll post more with pics and such later.
Great, Dave. Had no glue what the event was. So I did a little search. Sounds like a blast! Thanks for the pic's.

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Had an unbelievably great time! Thanks again for everything Mr. Taylor.

MotoGP may be coming to Indy next year...but we know where the real MotoGP fans will be going.
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Aw, come on now! Don't be dissin the flat-tracking here at the speedway!

I'm just jealous, I'd love to see Laguna-Seca, but being two blocks from the track here in Indy, I'm pretty excited about next fall!

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Had an unbelievably great time! Thanks again for everything Mr. Taylor.

MotoGP may be coming to Indy next year...but we know where the real MotoGP fans will be going.

Yeah, Le Mans. Been five times and it is my fav. Amazing week long party.

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Yeah, Le Mans.
Didn't know you were into endurance races. Would love to go there. And Isle of Man. And ... and ... and.
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A Few pics from MotoGP

Here's a few quick pics from the MotoGP festivities last weekend. I've got a bunch to go through and process, but I wanted to share a few with everyone sooner than later. I hope you like them. Here's what they are -

1 - GP Practice - Nicky Hayden and Alex Barros coming out of turn 3
2 - GP Practice - Colin Edwards exiting The Corkscrew
3 - AMA Practice - Aaron Yates going through turn 4
4 - GP Practice - Valentino Rossi going through turn 9
5 - GP Qualifying - Chris Vermeulen and Casey Stoner in turn 4
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Nice pics Dave. You had good seats, and a good camera.

I enjoyed the GP too, but I wish there were more races. I spent too much time walking along the vendor booths and not enough time watching racing.

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I rode the FJR down Hwy 101/Hwy1 from Seattle in '05 to the MotoGP and was a great trip. However, the traffic management was the worst I have ever seen at any event. Took 3 hours to get in the place in the heat (90-95). Saw countless H-D smoking and about to burn up. Needless to say a miserable time. Have they improved that? I won't return until the admin figures out how to run an event.

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Sounds like a great time !

How much did it cost ? I'd like to see a comparison between prices of that event and the Daytona 200.

Daytona 200 ; $45 per head for infield, find your own seat. $5 for a burger. $4 for 6 burnt french fries. 4$ can of soda. $5 can of beer. $10 race program.
$3 bottle of water.

Next year I shall pack a small BBQ, and bring our own refreshments.

The big test is leaving the track, going through and UP the tunnel with stop and go every 6 feet is a real challenge, especially 2up.

The race is awesome !

... not so with the prices

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I rode the FJR down Hwy 101/Hwy1 from Seattle in '05 to the MotoGP and was a great trip. However, the traffic management was the worst I have ever seen at any event. Took 3 hours to get in the place in the heat (90-95). Saw countless H-D smoking and about to burn up. Needless to say a miserable time. Have they improved that? I won't return until the admin figures out how to run an event.
I can only comment on my experiences this year. Maybe someone who's been to more than one can comment on how it's improved.

I rode in from reservation road, around 10 AM, on Saturday and Sunday. It was a nice ride into the grounds, and there was no trouble getting parked. There's a line of bikes when you get to the entrance and you have to stop and go a little bit, but from the time I stopped at the gate to when I parked couldn't have been more than 10 minutes. The downside is that the general parking is a grassy field with lots of dust, but you get a kickstand puck to keep your bike from tipping over.

Leaving is a bit more problematic, since everyone leaves at the same time. It's a bit of a zoo, with all the bikes converging on the single exit. I was having some idling problems, and had to keep a little extra throttle to keep the bike from dying. When everyone is bunched together on a dirt incline and jockying for position, this was a bit of a pain, but all told, I think I was out of the grounds in a 1/2 hour. You do have to deal with some rudeness as people decide to cut you off and pass you up when they get a chance, but what can you expect in a crowd.

It was a little warm this weekend, but probably in the upper 80s. I didn't see many bikes having issues.

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Here's a few quick pics from the MotoGP festivities last weekend. I've got a bunch to go through and process, but I wanted to share a few with everyone sooner than later. I hope you like them. Here's what they are -

1 - GP Practice - Nicky Hayden and Alex Barros coming out of turn 3
2 - GP Practice - Colin Edwards exiting The Corkscrew
3 - AMA Practice - Aaron Yates going through turn 4
4 - GP Practice - Valentino Rossi going through turn 9
5 - GP Qualifying - Chris Vermeulen and Casey Stoner in turn 4
David,
What are the chances of getting a full res pic for "4 - GP Practice - Valentino Rossi going through turn 9"??

TIA

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leaving the race

Saw a good one leaving the race. As Bob mentioned, there was a lot of bike traffic, and leaving you know a lot of the sportbike crowd is amped up after watching the race. So I'm in a pack making our way out a winding road that runs through Fort Ord. Moving about 10-20 mph at first, then saw why, a crash and a guy on the grass with what looks to be a broken leg. The speed increases, but I know there are cops all over after riding home last year. A gap develops as the guy three in front of me refuses to go over 30 mph. Then I see a speed limit sign - 30 mph. Fine with me. But the guy behind me on one of the few Harleys I saw, is antsy. Roars past me. This is a dresser, nice bike, two up, but loud pipes. On the tail of bike number two, gunning his engine. First short straight section, passes the two bikes on a double yellow. Right in front of a cop sitting behind a tree. Couldn't have found a more obvious place to not pull something stupid. May have been written up for 2 or 3 violations after he got pulled over. Passed him on the 101 south about an hour later after I had stopped for gas. Chugging along at the speed limit.

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What are the chances of getting a full res pic for "4 - GP Practice - Valentino Rossi going through turn 9"??

TIA
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So I'm in a pack making our way out a winding road that runs through Fort Ord. Moving about 10-20 mph at first, then saw why, a crash and a guy on the grass with what looks to be a broken leg.
And here I thought it was because of all those invisible sheep on the road that people kept holding warning signs for.

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4 - GP Practice - Valentino Rossi going through turn 9
Does Valentio's helmet remind anyone else of the old Los Angeles Rams helmets?


Cool pics David - as usual....

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Just Sunday this year

I saw lots of tickets being issued on my way into Laguna Seca Sunday about 10:30am. Best traffic management yet, imo. Some newbie LT dropped his brand new one minute after i got mine more or less stable...mine was still rubber side down after the race so i was happy about that. I stayed put by turn one this time. First turn was crucial this time, eh?
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