Here we are, camera and voice recorder in hand and just stoked as can be to be at the race. I have been going to big motorcycle races for a long time and you know what..it never gets unexciting. In the stands, in the pits it doesn’t matter..the sights, the sounds, the smells (well,since the end of the 2 strokes the smells aren’t quite as wonderful..we don’t get the 125’s and 250’s here in the US…, the tension, it’s all great. I love motorcycles and motorcycle racing!
We wandered the pits, the garages all around the track, getting the lay of the land. Miller Motorsports Park is a really great facility. All the staff were friendly and helpful. Our first day was great but not too productive…hey, where are all the racers??? They get off the bike, talk to the technicians and disappear. They come out of the back of the garage, get on the bike and off they go..the cycle repeats itself all day. How do we get to these guys???
Saturday, a new day,back to the media center… more updates, press clippings, schedule changes..this is really work!!?? Down to the track, check out whats going on, over to the Pirelli press conference regarding how to run a ‘Spec Tyre’ program and learn as much as we can. Back to the media center for more updates and schedule changes and a couple of quick press conferences after qualifying. It’s time to figure out how the pro’s do it….ask the pro’s..duh. After getting some great advice off we go. Well, lets watch a race first.
Next thing you know, we have scheduled interviews with Matt Mladin, Ben Spies, Miguel DuHamel and Neil Hodgson. Cool. Back to the media center to do some research and get ready for interviews. Like I said, this is a job!
Photogs come in between races, upload and download photo’s like crazy. Stock up on water and back to the track. Magazine and internet journalists are watching the TV feed and typing away. Posts are sent, notes compared with other writers and catching up with friends. Back to the pit’s to get some photo’s and see if we can snag an interview or two. Lucky me..After the second WSBK practice session and a bit before Superpole, I got a couple of minutes with Troy Bayliss. A very cool guy…didn’t have a great race weekend though. The rest of the afternoon was watching WSBK Superpole and the first of the AMA Superbike race. And..more research. A great day.
Sunday… more press conferences, a lot of racing. In between the races, do the interviews. Three out of four were great and one was good. You can listen to them on our podcast and you choose which one was just OK. The Honda guys were very nice and fun, Matt Mladin took time in between pictures and autographs with everybody and Ben Spies and I hung out at the Suzuki rest area.
Back to the media center…get more updates, watch a bit of the races, catch up with an old racing friend of mine, Evans Brasfield..writer and photog for numerous magazines..and a darn fine WSMC Lightweight Twins racer..I have a great story to tell about racing with Evan at the 2000 WERA 24 hour event at Willow Springs..but that will have to wait for another time…
Well, There you have it. The life of rookie motojournalists. A lot of work..and it’s great work. Listen to the podcasts, send me your thoughts firstname.lastname@example.org
Now, lets go for a ride…see you on the road