flashpixx.net: Blog https://flashpixx.zenfolio.com/blog en-us (C) 2020 flashpixx.net flashpixx@iinet.net.au (flashpixx.net) Mon, 16 Mar 2020 06:37:00 GMT Mon, 16 Mar 2020 06:37:00 GMT https://flashpixx.zenfolio.com/img/s/v-12/u136533861-o785456695-50.jpg flashpixx.net: Blog https://flashpixx.zenfolio.com/blog 120 120 Waters Declares Cartagena Test a Success https://flashpixx.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/3/waters-declares-cartagena-test-a-success Josh Waters joined his new Tyco Suzuki team mates at the Cartagena circuit in Spain in early March for the all important initial test of his new Suzuki GSX-R Superbike.

Testing commenced on 6 March with the first day taken up with Waters getting the bike set up. Getting used to the power of the Suzuki after last year on a Yamaha was one of Waters' first tasks. After Day 2 of the four day test Waters was more comfortable on the bike.

"It was good to finish the second day off with my new team, back with a manufacturer that I have spent a lot of my career with so I am enjoying it. My crew are really good and it is all going good. I have made a lot of progress since yesterday morning and today it was coming easier. I am more comfortable on the Suzuki and when you are having fun you go better and get better results, as you can see from some of the other guys on the track"

 

Waters and John Hopkins at Cartagena

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With more sessions came more confidence over the final days. Waters clocked an unofficial 1:35.9 best lap which was comparable with the fastest riders. 

After such a long time off the bike over the winter it was good to have four days with the Tyco Suzuki boys and be back on a GSX-R1000 Superbike. It’s a really strong team and I’ve already settled in well and feel relaxed and confident. We made progress over the four days and it also gave me time to work with my new crew.

“I’ve also gelled really well with Hopper as a team-mate and we had a lot of fun at Cartagena. The goal is to work together this season, which will only make both of us stronger. I’m now really looking forward to a positive second season in British Superbike with a great bunch of guys.” 

 

Waters on the #12 GSX-R at Cartagena

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Thanks to Tyco Suzuki and Paul Lindsay for the images and media

More information on the Tyco Suzuki team can be found here

Follow Josh Waters on his Facebook page

 

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flashpixx Supports Josh Waters in BSB https://flashpixx.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/3/flashpixx-supports-josh-waters-in-bsb It is with great pleasure that we can announce that we are officially supporting Josh Waters in his tilt at the 2014 MCE British Superbike Championships.

Josh has joined the Tyco Suzuki team with new team mate John Hopkins. The Tyco Suzuki team is part of TAS Racing owned and managed by father and son team Hector and Philip Neill. TAS Racing has been part of British Superbikes for seven seasons and has enjoyed some success in that time. Most recently Australian Josh Brookes campaigned a Tas Racing/Tyco Suzuki to third in the 2013 Championship. 

Waters' debut in British Superbikes in 2013 was not as good as he had hoped. With some bad luck and crashes his tenure at his first team Milwaukee Yamaha was cut short, with Waters finishing the year on a Halsal Racing Kawasaki. The final race of the final round saw Waters finish a very creditable 4th place on the Kawasaki.

With the backing of such an experienced and successful team, and back on the familiar GSX-R, the bike he won his Australian Championships on, Waters is rightly excited and quietly optimistic about his chances in BSB this year.

 

"I’m really excited to get back over to UK this year and get my first run out on the Tyco Suzuki. Having been over to the team workshop in Northern Ireland in November last, they seem like a good bunch of guys, who I’m looking forward to working with this season.

Last year was a steep learning curve in BSB and things were a lot different, but I feel I am better prepared for this year, so I can’t wait to ride the British Superbike circuits again." Waters said.

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Planning is underway for flashpixx to join Josh and the Tyco Suzuki team in July for the Brands Hatch round. More on this as it gets closer. In the meantime we will be providing regular updates on Josh's exploits with Tyco Suzuki and BSB.

Next we will cover the recent test at Cartagena in Spain.

We would like to thank Tyco Suzuki and Paul Lindsay for the images and media.

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Glenn Allerton shines in World Superbike Ride https://flashpixx.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/2/glenn-allerton-shines-in-world-superbike-ride Glenn Allerton made the most of his opportunity to guest ride for the BMW Motorrad Italia SBK team following an injury to the permanent team rider Frenchman Sylvain Barrier

Qualifying saw Allerton start from position 19 on the grid on the EVO spec BMW S1000RR. An injury in qualifying didn't help in the starting position for Race One.

In race one Allerton finished a very creditable 11th well up from his grid position. He managed to get as high as 10th place, passing both Robbie Rolfo and Fabian Foret by lap 5, only to be re-passed by Rolfo on lap 8, relegating him to 11th. Allerton hung on to 11th for the remainder of the race and in doing so claimed 5 well earned WSBK Championship points. In finishing 11th he was the third EVO spec bike home behind David Salom on the Kawasaki Racing Team ZX-10R and Niccolo Canepa on the Althea Racing Panigale.

Race two saw Allerton start from P14 but unfortunately was not able to hang on and finished in P15, claiming another WSBK Championship point. The injury sustained in Qualifying stopped him pushing as hard as he wanted.

Allerton's best lap for the weekend was in Race One a 1:32.892.

 

Allerton through Lukey Heights on Saturday in Qualifying

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Allerton leads Rolfo and Foret (9) through the exit of Honda Corner in Race One

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World Superbike and Supersport Results from Round One at Phillip Island https://flashpixx.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/2/world-superbike-and-supersport-results-from-round-one-at-phillip-island The weather was picture perfect for the running of Round One of the 2014 World Superbike Championships at Phillip Island.

Superbikes saw the two Aprilias of Giuntoli and Melandri in Pole and position 2 on the grid, with Suzukis of Laverty and Lowes rounding out the front row. Race One saw the two Aprilias lead the way with Giuntoli leading Melandri into turn one, with Davide Giuliano forcing his way into third. The next three saw Baz, Rea and Sykes battling it out for 4th place. Alex Lowes, who led practice and early qualifying times crashed out on lap 4, while Guintoli continued to lead from Giuliano up into second and Melandri third. By mid race Laverty was starting to move through the field and made his way past Sykes, Rea and Baz into 4th place. The second half of the race was all Laverty as he passed Melandri then Giuliano and finally Giuntoli to take the lead. Once there he was never headed, pulling out a gap of 3 seconds on Melandri with Giuntoli third.

 

Race 2 again saw the Aprilias lead from the start however Laverty on the Suzuki quickly climbed through the field, seemingly heading for a double win. However on lap 15 Laverty's Suzuki blew up leaving a trail of oil on the track. Officials called the race at that point leaving Giuntoli leading from Loris Baz and Tom Sykes third.

 

The World Supersport race saw more drama as on lap six Jack Kennedy from Ireland's Honda destroyed it's engine leaving oil spread around the track, bringing out the red flag. After a long delay officials determined a five lap dash would decide the result of the Supersport Race. Kenan Sofuoglu led the way and after dominating practice and qualifying seemed hard to beat. However on lap 2 Van Der Mark overtook Sofuoglu and the battle was on. However in yet another twist Sofuoglu crashed out followed shortly by Van Der Mark, leaving Jules Cluzel on the MV Augusta in the lead. Cluzel was never headed and celebrated a maiden win for MV Augusta. Kev Coghlan took second place from Rafaelle De Rosa in third.

 

1. Laverty celebrates his maiden win for Suzuki

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2. Giuntoli on his way to a race two win

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3. Cluzel celebrates MV Augusta's maiden win in Supersport

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Grid Girls https://flashpixx.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/2/grid-girls One of the attractions at motorsport events are the grid girls. World Superbike is no exception, with the girls happy to wander pit paddock and pose for photographs with the fans.

 

World Superbike Girls

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Main Sponsor Girls

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AMCN Stand

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Sunday is race day at Phillip Island https://flashpixx.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/2/sunday-is-race-day-at-phillip-island Welcome to race day at Phillip Island. The weather is looking great for Round One of the 2014 World Superbike Championships. Lots of activity throughout pitlane with both Superbike and Supersport warm-up sessions underway. The crowd is building as is the tension. We will be underway shortly!

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Staring in Top 10 for World Supersport https://flashpixx.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/2/staring-in-top-10-for-world-supersport Bryan Staring has taken 10th place in qualifying for the first round of 2014 World Supersport at Phillip Island. Riding for the RivaMoto team on a Honda CBR600RR, Staring beat a fast finishing Florian Marino by 3/1,000 sec. The team were happy with the result, however Staring was hoping for more.

 

The team prepare the bike for the final 10 minutes of qualifying

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McWilliams waits for the red flag to clear

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Staring leaves the pits for his final assault in qualifying

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Staring checks the final times

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Staring at Lukey Heights

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Guintoli Takes Pole at Phillip Island https://flashpixx.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/2/guintoli-takes-pole-at-phillip-island French rider Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia Racing Team Aprilia RSV4 Factory) has taken pole position for Race One of the 2014 World Superbike Championship at Phillip Island. Guintoli beat Davide Giugliano (Ducati Superbike Team Ducati 1199 Panigale R) by 97/1000 sec with Guintoli's team mate Marco Melandri a further 2/10 sec back in third. Eugene Laverty (Volcom Crescent Suzuki, Suzuki GSX-R 1000) makes up the front row of the grid.

Leading rider coming into qualifying Alex Lowes (Volcom Crescent Suzuki, Suzuki GSX-R 1000) leads off the second row from Jonothon Rea (PATA Honda World Superbike Honda CBR1000RR), Loris Baz (Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki ZX-10R), and Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki ZX-10R). Sykes crashed in Superpole Two at Lukey heights, lucky to avoid a highside.

1. Guintoli

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2. Giugliano

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3. Melandri

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4. Laverty

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World Supersport Results https://flashpixx.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/2/world-supersport-results Combined results for World Supersport saw Turk rider Kenan Soguoglu (MAHI Racing Team India Kawasaki ZX-6R) take fastest time a bare 1/100 second ahead of Netherlands rider Michael VD Mark (PATA Honda World Supersport Honda CBR600RR) with US Rider Patrick Jacobsen (Kawasaki Intermoto Pony Express Kawasaki ZX-6R) 0.3 sec further adrift in third.

1. Sofuoglu

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2.VD Mark

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3. Jacobsen

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Superbike Superpole positions sorted https://flashpixx.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/2/superbike-superpole-positions-sorted Riders have been allocated positions in Superpole for Round 1 of World Superbikes at Phillip Island.

Superpole One is run first and is made up of riders in positions 11 - 20.

The top 10 riders plus the fastest two from Superpole One will compete in Superpole Two.

Fastest was Alex Lowes (Volcom Crescent Suzuki, Suzuki GSX-R1000) with team mate Eugene Laverty 0.25 sec behind in second. Third was Davide Giugliano (Ducati Superbike Team Ducati Panigale R) with his team mate Chas Davies fourth.

Top EVO rider was Nicolas Canepa (Althea racing Ducati 1199 Panigale R EVO) in a very creditable sixth.

Tom Sykes starts 5th in Superpole 2

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Chas Davies showed no ill-effects from his spectacular highside at Lukey Heights on Friday

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Glenn Allerton placed 13th and second EVO 

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Friday Practice Results - World Superbike https://flashpixx.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/2/friday-practice-results---world-superbike Englishman Alex Lowes up staged his more fancied countrymen to run the fastest lap in Free Practice today. Lowes (Volcom Crescent Suzuki, Suzuki GSX-R1000) covered 20 laps and ran a 1:31.1. Second was Marco Melandri (Aprilia Racing Team, Aprilia RSV4 Factory) after 20 laps had a fastest lap of 1:31.137. Third was Davide Guigliano (Ducati Superbike Team Ducati 1199 Panigale R) completing 16 practice laps with a best lap of 1:31.205.

With Sykes, Rea, Laverty and Haslam making up the next four places and within 0.2 sec, tomorrow is going to deliver spectacular racing.

1. Lowes

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2. Melandri

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3. Guigliano

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Friday Practice Results - World Supersport https://flashpixx.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/2/friday-practice-results World Supersport practice in the afternoon was run in probably the best conditions for the day. With no rain and the wind getting stronger as the afternoon progressed, track conditions for Supersport were as good as they got.

Probably no surprise that Kenan Sofuoglu (MAHI Racing Team India, Kawasaki ZX-6R) ran the best time of 1:33.618, completing 22 laps in the session. Scotsman Kev Coghlan (DMC Panovto-Yamaha, Yamaha YZF R6) completed 19 laps and ran second with a time of 1:34.263. Third was Raffaele De Rosa (Core PTR Honda, Honda CBR600RR) with 20 laps and a time of 1:34.277, just 14/100 behind Coghlan.

1. Sofuoglu

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2. Coghlan

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3. De Rosa

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Aussie Glenn Allerton get BMW Superbike Call Up https://flashpixx.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/2/aussie-glenn-allerton-get-bmw-superbike-call-up Australian rider Glenn Allerton has been called up to World Superbike duties for the BMW Motorrad Italia SBK team replacing the injured Silvain Barrier. Allerton will ride the new EVO spec bike which features a pretty much standard engine package but with enhanced suspension. Allerton will be the sole Aussie in the premier class this weekend.

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Bryan Staring Rides for Rivamoto in World Supersport https://flashpixx.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/2/bryan-staring-rides-for-rivamoto-in-world-supersport DSC_4754DSC_4754

Set Up master McWilliams holds court putting finishing touches to the RivaMoto Honda

Western Australian Bryan Staring has continued his career on the world stage with a ride on the Jeremy McWilliam led RivaMoto team. Staring will ride a Honda CBR600, a class he hasn't ridden for some time. Free practice on Friday was an anti-climax as the weather played havoc, most teams deciding not to risk a lap on the wet track. New tyre rules limiting the number of wets available across the weekend may have also impacted on the RivaMoto team's decision not to spend any time on the track.

 

 

 

 

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2014 World Superbike Championships Round One Phillip Island Australia https://flashpixx.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/2/2014-world-superbike-championships-round-one-phillip-island-australia Good morning from a cool cloudy and drizzly Phillip Island. Very little wind this morning and with the promise of an improvement in the weather across the day the stage is set for an awesome weekend of racing. We will endeavour to cover the World Superbikes and Supersport, but we will also focus on the Australian domestic racing. In particular we will be keeping a close eye on the WA boys and girls racing across the weekend.

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2014 International Island Classic - Saturday https://flashpixx.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/1/2014-international-island-classic---saturday Dry, cool and windy conditions greeted riders and fans for Day 2 of this event. 

 

Qualifying for the International Challenge saw Cameron Donald from Australia take pole from the UK team's Jeremy McWilliams by less than 0.2 second. Third was Australian Shawn Giles a further 0.06 sec behind. The second row of the grid saw Beau Beaton, Steve Martin and Brendon Roberts all from Australia. Third row was all UK with John McGuiness, Gary Johnson and Mike "The Spike" Edwards, with Robbie Phyllis rounding out the top ten.

 

Race One

Race one of the challenge saw Donald blast off the grid and take a 10 bike length lead into turn 1, with McWilliams and Giles third. The top three appeared to be moving away from the next group when Australian Robbie Phyliis had an off near Hayshed bringing out the red flag.

The restart saw Donald take the lead again from McWilliams with Giles third. Donald held the lead for the first four laps with Giles and McWilliams swapping places on each lap. On lap 5 McWilliams dived under Donald at Honda to take the lead with Donald second and Giles third. McWilliams maintained his lead, and after what appeared to be a small mistake by Donald on the final lap that also baulked Giles, McWilliams drew away for a comfortable win, with Donald over a second behind, and Giles 0.1 sec behind Donald in third.

The top 10 finishers were made up of 5 Australians and 5 from the UK. The first NZ rider, Glen Hindle finished in 14th, and the first US rider James McKay in 16th.

Race Two

Close racing was the order of the day with only milli-seconds separating Donald, McWilliams and Giles again. Donald once again led for the first three laps. McWilliams and Giles battled it out for second and third. On lap four Giles took the lead with Donald second and McWilliams third. Lap five saw Donald regain the lead from Giles, but it was really anyone's race to win. Rounding turn 12 it was neck and neck with Donald on McWilliams tail, looking sure to take him in the draft. But it wasn't to be, McWilliams hung on to make it two from two by the barest of margins. Giles ran third with Aussie Brendan Roberts running a very impressive fourth place.

The top 10 was made up of six Aussies and four from UK. The top New Zealanders ran 13th to 15th, the top US rider ran 20th. 

With two races scheduled for tomorrow it will be an exciting day. The final race of the Challenge is the last race of the day so spectators will have a full day of action to enjoy.

Bring it on!!

 

The Action from Siberia

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Top Three

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Race 2 Action From the Main Straight

McWilliams leads Donald with Giles third and Beaton fourth

Close Racing

 

Farquhar leads Godfrey, also from the UK

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McWilliams shares the victory with his team

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2014 International Island Classis - Friday https://flashpixx.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/1/2014-international-island-classis---friday Sidecars Get Air

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International Challenge

The sun shone after lunch so there was a full field of riders for Qualifying One on the International Challenge.

Results of Q1

1. Cam Donald (AUS) 1:38.368

2. Beau Beaton (AUS) 1:38.771

3. Jeremy McWilliams (UK) 1:39.184

4. Shawn Giles (AUS) 1:39.245

5. Mike Edwars (UK) 1.40.211

 

Cam Donald

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Beau Beaton

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Jeremy McWilliams

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Update at Lunchtime

The rain has stopped and is looking promising for the afternoon's practice and qualifying.

Chatting with Ryan Farquhar from the UK Challenge team. They have a wee problem... Someone took a gamble that it would be dry at Phillip Island. I wouldn't take that bet!! So... no wet tyres in the UK team garage!! Oops. They are praying hard it dries up. Their current strategy is to do one qualifying run tomorrow and hope the sun comes out!!

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Team USA

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Look out The Boss is here

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Opening Post

Day one of the Classic and we are met with "classis" Phillip Island weather. The rain is falling however fortunately there is little wind and temperatures are mild. So not terribly unpleasant, but certainly irksome for the riders. Chatting with the UK contingent, who you might think were accustomed to riding in the wet, are all asking "is it going to stop?"!!

Pit Lane - damp and not much activity

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A couple of the UK contingent are in the pits early getting ready .

 

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John "McPint" McGuiness

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2014 Island Classic Preview https://flashpixx.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/1/2014-island-classic-preview The 2014 International Island Classic runs over three days at the picturesque Phillip Island circuit from Friday 24 to Sunday 26 January.

The feature event for the weekend is the International Challenge. Teams from Australia, UK, New Zealand and USA will battle it out for the win.

The Australian team includes perennial competitor Steve Martin who will be joined by Shawn Giles, Brendan Roberts, Robbie Phyllis, Malcolm Campbell, and Cam Donald.

The UK team will be led on track by Isle of Mann TT ace John McGuiness, ably assisted by Jeremy McWilliams, Gary Johnson and late entrant Ryan Farquhar who replaces Steve Brogan. 

Riders will mount such legendary bikes as the Suzuki Katana, Suzuki XR69, Yamaha TZ and Suzuki GSX1100.

To complete the weekends racing more than 450 entrants will compete over the weekend on bikes and sidecars that range in age from 1990 back to early last century!

The weather is sure to play a part with the forecast for Friday indicating heavy rain. Hopes are high for a dry race day on Sunday but by then the weather may have decided the fate of a number of competitors.

 

Keep following this blog for regular updates over the weekend.

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flashpixx in 2014 https://flashpixx.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/1/flashpixx-in-2014 A great start to 2014 with Phillip Island beckoning. We are covering two events early in 2014 with the support of AMCN.

January 24 - 26 sees the running of the AMCN International island Classic. The Classic will be run for it's 21st consecutive year at "The Island" and will feature riders from many countries.

The feature event is the International Challenge between Australia, UK and New Zealand. With over 300 bikes and sidecars and 450 competitors it is sure to be an exciting 3 days of action on bikes from 1922 to 1990.

February 21 to 23 sees flashpixx at the first round of the 2014 World Superbikes. 

Both events will be covered here, on our facebook page, and photos will appear on our website www.flashpixx.net

 

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Top 10 Pix for 2012 https://flashpixx.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/1/top-10-pix-for-2012 A selection of some of our favourite images from 2012. 

 

Number 10

With the new infield pits at Barbagallo Raceway it presented some new opportunities and some challenges for photographers. This image is taken through the pit lane fencing onto the main straight. While the fence presents some challenges with a bit of trial and error focus can be kept on the bike while panning. Nikon D4 and Nikkor 70-200 f2.8 lens. 1/500 at f8.0

Number 10

 

Number 9 

A Nitro fuelled Funny Car launches at full noise at Perth Motorplex. These cars are spectacular no matter how successful the run down the track is. In this image the right bank of cylinders have stopped firing, the flames have disappeared and raw fuel is about to spew from the exhaust. Nikon D3s and Nikkor 300 f2.8 lens. 1/640 at f4.5 

Number 9

 

Number 8

In motorcycle road racing spectacular crashes are an inescapable risk for riders and teams. In this image Team Suzuki rider Robbie Bugden flips his Superbike in the sand at turn 1 of Barbagallo Raceway Perth. Bugden was relatively uninjured after the crash and was able to compete in the next round. Nikon D3s and Nikkor 70-200 f2.8 lens. 1/800 at f7.1

Number 8

 

Number 7

Phillip Island circuit has many excellent spots for photographers to capture images. In this image World Superbike rider Johnny Rea rides through MG corner on his Team Ten Kate Honda CBR 1000RR. Nikon D3s and Nikkor 500 f4 lens. 1/1250 at f6.3.  

Number 7

 

Number 6

One of the most spectacular images captured by motorsport photographers is an image that depicts both speed and action. With a low shutter speed and good panning technique a photographer can make a successful image. In this image WA State Road racing Superbike rider Mark Schneirer exits turn 7 and blasts down the main straight. Nikon D3s and Nikkor 300 f2.8 lens. 1/100 at f11

Number 6

 

Number 5

We took the opportunity to participate in a motorsport photography workshop run by Australian motorsport photographer Mark Horsburgh. Mark is V8 Supercar official photographer. A variety of opportunities to improve skills were provided from on track action to shooting the models that invariably go hand in hand with motorsport. In this image we shot model Megan sitting atop a Harley Davidson. Megan was lit by three remote lights through an umbrella. Nikon D3s with Nikkor 85 f.18 lens. 1/200 at f2.8.

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Speaking of models these two ladies were walking through the pits during the Kings of Wanneroo event. Shooting from behind rather than front on we captured a different view. Nikon D3s and Nikkor 300 f2.8 lens. 1/400 at f8.0

Number 4

 

Number 3

Our favourite spot at Phillip Island to shoot close up images of riders is Lukey Heights. Here we can shoot into the riders as they crest the hill. If we are lucky the rider will have a clear visor and the eyes are sharp in focus. In this image UK World Superbike rider James Ellison tops Lukey Heights. Nikon D3s and Nikkor 300 f2.8 lens. 1/640 at f8.0.

Number 3

 

Number 2

It takes split second timing and anticipation to launch a drag bike when the light goes green. A race can be won or lost at the start line. Unfortunately for this rider he got it wrong and was greeted with a red light for launching too early. Nikon D3s and Nikkor 70-200 f2.8 lens. 1/250 at f2.8

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Number 1

Our favourite Image. Casey Stoner in his last MotoGP race at Phillip Island enters Siberia. The image is particularly poignant is Stoner is the sole rider in the image, being the leader of the race by some distance at this point. Stoner went on to win the race. Nikon D3s and Nikkor 500 f4 lens. 1/500 at f9.0

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2012 Year in Review https://flashpixx.zenfolio.com/blog/2012/12/2012-in-review 2012 has been a huge year here at flashpixx. We reached well over 100,000 hits on our website, we shot World Superbikes, MotoGP, Australian Superbikes, ANDRA Pro Top Bike, and lots of WA events including the awesome WA State Road Racing Championships.

 

ANDRA Pro Top Bike

The year kicked off with the WA round of the ANDRA Pro Top Bike event at Perth Motorplex. As seems to be the case when the bikes come to Perth it was hot, over 40 degrees on the Saturday. We covered the racing for Australian Motorcycle News Magazine (AMCN), and put together a feature on 3 times Australian Top Bike champ Chris Matheson on "Nitro Voodoo"

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We were able to achieve our first poster in AMCN...

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World Superbikes

February rolled around and we were off to Phillip Island to shoot World Superbikes. We really enjoy this event as it is very relaxed with riders, teams and officials happy to chat and stop for photos.

Thursday was media day with riders participating in staged events for the international media. 

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Friday was practice day with the weather warm. It was great to see WA local Bryan Staring having a ride on the Team Pedercini Superbike.

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Qualifying on Saturday saw Tom Sykes on pole from Max Biaggi and Carlos Checa

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Aussie Josh Brookes had a guest ride on the Crescent Fixi Suzuki Superbike

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... and Davo Johnson had a Superbike ride on a pretty much Superstock tune BMW

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We were able to get onto the starting grid for Race 1 of the Superbikes

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Race 1 saw Carlos Checa have a huge off at high speed in the final turn. Max Biaggi won the race in a canter. Race two saw Biaggi have an off, return to the race in last place and run an amazing second to Carlos Checa.

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Trackworks at Barbagallo

Track upgrades at Barbagallo saw the delay of the start of the road racing season in WA. The upgrades were welcomed by most with improved track safety a highlight. The biggest visible change is the new pits in the infield and the new race office, race control and media centre. A new medical centre also features in the new infield complex.

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Australian Superbikes

The first event at the upgraded Barbagallo circuit for 2012 was the Australian Superbikes, not so ably supported by the V8 Supersnores... The weather was shocking, with the first wet race weekend in over 5 years. Wayne Maxwell on the Team Honda CBR1000RR won the round from Josh Waters. WA Local Ben Henry had a great round coming in third.

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WA State Roadracing Championship

The State Roadracing Championship kicked off in May with the Club Championships. Adam Senior took Superbikes from Cam Stronach and Mark Schnierer third.

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The State season proper commenced in June with 5 rounds over the following 4 months ending in October with the final round. Entering the final round of Superbikes Ralph Mammoliti had a small points lead from Adam Senior. Mammoliti seemed to have a dream run with no crashes or mechanical issues while Senior struggled with both throughout the season. Mammoliti was crowned State Champion.

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The highlight of the season was the return to racing by Matt Battista. Five years ago Matt suffered an serious injury that has left him a paraplegic. Nonetheless Matt has persisted and with the help of is team has made a very successful return.

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There are many characters that make up the group of riders taking part. One such "character" is Robin Huth on his Pacman styled ZX10R.

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Also a highlight was the emergence of the very professional VRT Racing team made up of Tim Simmons, Lubi Safranec, Glenn Lowe and Rob Wasley.

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Targa Rally

We travelled out to Toodyay on the Saturday of the Targa Rally to take a few shots and try out a new lens. Set up on a corner shooting the cars while trying to navigate between the trees and other spectators. It was challenging and not ideal location wise. To our astonishment we managed to win the photography competition, and a new Toshiba laptop!!

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Australian Moto Trials Championships

The Australian Moto Trials Championships were held in WA this year and featured the best of the Australian and New Zealand trials riders. New Zealander Jake Whittaker won the championship. These riders show amazing bike control and skill in traversing unimaginable obstacles.

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MotoGP Phillip Island

Far and away the highlight for us for 2012 was the opportunity to shoot MotoGP. To experience the awesome talent of Australia's Casey Stoner is something we will never forget. 

Thursday brought the unveiling of Stoner Corner. This is the corner on the Phillip Island Circuit that Stoner "owns". He can be seen spinning up the rear wheel through there at over 250 kmh!

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Even an off in Qualifying didn't slow the master down - mangled ankle or not!

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It was a privilege while standing at Lukey Heights during Friday Practice to have the man himself wave to me while I took this image

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It was also a privilege to witness Stoner's last MotoGP race in Australia. The following are just a few of the many images we captured of the man and his family over the weekend.

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Finally to all our supporters and followers that have contributed to our success, thank you. We look forward to your continued support in 2013.

If there are any images you want to find out more about, or just to say hello, please contact us here : Contact flashpixx.net

 

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Stoner on pole for Aussie MotoGP at Phillip Island https://flashpixx.zenfolio.com/blog/2012/10/stoner-on-pole-for-motogp Casey Stoner has continued his domination of the Australian round of MotoGP. Free practice in the morning saw Stoner set the fastest lap of 1:29.665 more than a second ahead of Lorenzo with Pedrosa third another three tenths back.

 

Stoner in "his" corner in FP3

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The stage was set for a fantastic qualifying session, with Lorenzo all but handing pole to Stoner stating that "no-one can get close to Stoner this weekend". However things didn't go to plan for Stoner when in a warm up lap the bike "threw him off" in turn four.

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Fortunately he was uninjured, saying that he fell on his left side. If he had fallen on the other side the story might have been different. Stoner then  got a lift back to the garage and returned to qualifying on the spare bike. Spare bike or not, Stoner set a blistering lap of 1:29.623, the fastest of the weekend. 

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The crowd were ecstatic! Stoner did an extra warm down lap saluting the crowd on his way around the circuit.

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The scene is set for Stoner to take his sixth and final MotoGP race at Phillip Island.

 

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West in third after Free Practice https://flashpixx.zenfolio.com/blog/2012/10/west-in-third-after-free-practice Ant West is placed third fastest after Free Practice 2, 1 second behind Pol Espagaro. West is following on from his good showing at Sepang by being in the top six riders for both sessions. West also recorded the sixth fastest speed of 287kmh only 2.8 kmh slower than Mika Kallio. Hopes are high for another podium.

 

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WA Rider Sam Clarke Qualifies for Moto3 Race https://flashpixx.zenfolio.com/blog/2012/10/wa-rider-sam-clarke-qualifies-for-moto3-race Sam Clarke has qualified to race in the Moto3 class at the MotoGP. Clarke from WA , riding a Honda and supported by Fastline Racing, improved his best time by 1.5 seconds from Practice 1 to Practice 2 leaving him 30th on the grid. Clarke is riding a machine that is significantly under-powered, and significantly under the budget of the top Moto3 teams. 

 

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Stoner Blitzes Friday Practice https://flashpixx.zenfolio.com/blog/2012/10/stoner-blitzes-friday-practice Casey Stoner has set the fastest time of the combined practice sessions with a 1:29.999, the only rider to break the 1:30 barrier. Stoner showed little problem with his broken ankle, and commented after practice that it didn't hamper him as much as he had expected. Ominous signs for other riders as Stoner attempts to take six MotoGP wins at the Phillip Island circuit. 

 

Stoner shows his style apexing Lukey Heights in Practice 1.

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Continuing on from his legendary lap record in 2007 where he commenced his domination of turn three, which has now been named "Stoner Corner", he was clearly the fastest through that corner. He was the only rider not to back off through the corner, using the trademark spinning rear wheel to help turn the bike.

 

Stoner leaves a huge black line from his rear tyre through Stoner Corner in Practice 2. You can see another black line next to this one, also left by Stoner on the lap before!

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A record crowd for a Friday of almost 30,000 witnessed King Casey take hold of the Phillip Island circuit and treat it with contempt. The stage is set for an exciting qualifying session tomorrow afternoon.

 

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Phillip Island Friday https://flashpixx.zenfolio.com/blog/2012/10/phillip-island-friday Friday has dawned damp but not too windy yet. The Aussie 600 are on the track for the first track action for the weekend. Brodie Waters is fastest with a 1:48. Aussie Superbikes shows Josh Waters fastest on 1:45 with Wayno 0.1 sec behind. The big boys fire up in about 2 hours with Moto3, MotoGP first practice is at 11:10 followed by Moto2. Afternoon practice for MotoGP is 3:10 pm local time. Looking at the weather radar the only place in the whole of Victoria getting any rain is.... wait for it... Phillip bloody Island.  As I write this it has just started to chuck it down! 

Had breakfast with this chap this morning. He is a man of very few words!

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Sally Pearson Pays Vale a Visit https://flashpixx.zenfolio.com/blog/2012/10/sally-pearson-pay-vale-a-visit Australian Olympian and Gold medalist in the 100m hurdles at the London Olympics Sally Pearson paid Valentino Rossi a visit today. Pearson dropped by the Ducati garage to show off her Gold medal and to exchange team clothing. Both Sally and Valentino were excited to meet each other. Pearson vowed to wear the Ducati team jacket all weekend.

 

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Valentino was particularly impressed by the Olympic Gold medal that Sally brought along to show.

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Stoner Honoured at Phillip Island https://flashpixx.zenfolio.com/blog/2012/10/stoner-honoured-at-phillip-island Casey Stoner has been honoured by Andrew Fox of the Linfox Group by having turn three named "Stoner Corner". Stoner has had tremendous success at Phillip Island with no less than 5 wins, and a sixth on the line this weekend. Turn three has become synonymous with Stoner as the only rider that can drive through the corner at max speed with the rear wheel spinning and the bike "crossed up". In Stoner's 2007 lap record machine data reveals a maximum speed of 262 kmh in the corner, only dropping to 258kmh at the slowest point in turn three.

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Stoner was joined by his family, wife Adriana, Daughter Alessandra, Mum and Dad Bronwyn and Colin, at the award presentation.

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At Stoner Corner. Stoner was joined by Adriana and Alessadra in the newly named corner.

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Things are heating up at the Island https://flashpixx.zenfolio.com/blog/2012/10/things-are-heating-up-at-the-island We arrived today at Phillip Island to an atmosphere heavy in anticipation. The bridge across from San Remo is adorned with 2012 MotoGP flags. Cowes seems poised ready to explode. With record crowds expected for what looks like being a dry race day, locals and visitors alike are hoping, almost demanding another win from Stoner. His name is everywhere from shop windows to the T-Shirt and memorabilia vendors displaying "Farewell Casey".

Due to the forecast weather conditions, which frankly look dreadful for the next two days (Thursday and Friday), the presentation to Casey Stoner scheduled for tomorrow will now be conducted in the Pit Roof VIP Village. Following the presentation photographers are invited to turn three for a "photograph opportunity". 

A short while later the Aussie boys including Stoner, Ant West, Arthur Sissis and Jack Miller will try their hand a trout fishing at Rhyll. Hoping that the forecast rain doesn't cause organisers to cancel.

The rest of Thursday will be spent lurking around the MotoGP and support class pits trying to catch a word with, and get a pic of the riders, teams and other personalities. Speaking of personalities Aussies own Lauren Vickers, ASBK media star, fiancee of CRT rider Randy De Puniet, and international model will be working hard at what she does best. Including hopefully gracing this blog!

 

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Turn Three at Phillip Island Circuit to be named after Casey Stoner https://flashpixx.zenfolio.com/blog/2012/10/turn-three-at-phillip-island-circuit-to-be-named-after-casey-stoner Well there you have it folks, the corner that Casey Stoner "owns" at Phillip Island - Turn Three will be named after the master. The presentation that I eluded to in my Blog yesterday by the big cheese of Linfox will be to put Casey's name on the corner. What will be be called? Casey's loop? Stoner curve? We'll see on the day, but one thing is for sure, it is well deserved. Just a shame he didn't wait a few more years to retire.

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flashpixx goes to the MotoGP https://flashpixx.zenfolio.com/blog/2012/10/flashpixx-goes-to-the-motogp 2012 MotoGP at Phillip Island

We are off to the Australian round of the MotoGP. We fly out from Perth on Wednesday 24th October for four awesome days on the Island. Expectations are high for a fantastic event with Casey Stoner having his swan-song ride at the track where he has has so much success. Add to that the recent form of Ant West in Moto2, having a podium in the wet at Sepang. With damp conditions a distinct possibility Westy is in with a chance of another good result. 

Thursday is media day with a packed schedule of events giving us media types the chance to get up close and personal with the stars. Kicking off the circus is a media conference with Casey Stoner including a presentation by Andrew Fox, Managing Director Linfox Property Group to Casey in his retirement year. Pictures and a report will be included in this blog on Thursday evening, along with all the other frivolity that takes place on Thursday.

Across the weekend I hope to include here some behind the scenes goings on that the "average punter" may not ever see. We'll see how I go as the weekend unfolds. 

So for an inside peek at the goings on at the MotoGP from the "other side of the fence" stay tuned.

 

 

 

 

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