It's much cooler this year by about 20 degrees F. Last
year it was so hot 4 people died.
Still having trouble with the
refrigerator; it is running on the propane, but keeps kicking off and the
“check” light comes on. Check what??? We got propane.
I decide to try out the portable
showers about 50 yards away. It’s still fairly early about 7:30am. The
showers are all being used when I arrive, but it’s only a short wait and
it’s my turn. The showers are small and the trailer they are in has not
been leveled, so the one I’m in as at the end….the LOWER end. ;) all the
water from the other showers runs to mine, so even with mine not running
I’m standing in flowing water.
But the shower is great! Hot water
and Cold water! J I feel so
much better after it.
I get back to the trailer, where
Dave has risen from his “hole-in-the-wall” bed. I decide I’m going to try
to get online again………..now it won’t even connect! This SUCKS!
8:45am and we head of to get Coffee
and check out souvenirs in the Big tent infield before first practice.
As we walk up to the Brazilian
one of the women looks at us past the customer she is serving; and
with a big smile on her face says “We have coffee for you this morning”.
J I’m happy!
I have another sausage sandwich,
but they used a different sausage today and put two of them in it.
Unfortunately they are not as good. L
Next door the girls are dressed to
sell the Bratwurst,
and enjoying it.
J Well at least one of them.
We head off to the infield, as
there is not much point of going to the Pits if we can’t get in.
As we near the Souvenir tent, there
are these two beautiful girls walking towards us, and as usual I have to
have a picture. J This year
the girls are fewer and not so willing to have their picture taken; they
want money first! These ones are selling the 50 year anniversary coins for
Laguna Seca and US MotoGP 2007. They want $10.00! Then they will let me
take their picture. ;) After taking the FIRST picture of them holding the
coins, I give them one of my business cards. “Mac’s Modeling, LLC.” is
right on top. “Are you an agent?” they both ask. No, but I could be. ;)
“Well you better take some more pictures of us without ……………..….the
The Big Souvenir tent was
packed, so we decided not to buy anything now, but I saw this little display
which amused me.
We decide to go to turn 5 first for
pictures. On the way we pass by the Kawasaki stand and Dave takes some
pictures of Randy de Puniet’s show bike. MotoGP practice has started so
off we go.
These are some of the shots I took
at turn 5 over the fence.
"Wild Card" Hayden
Casey & Kurtis
Then a couple from across the road, Randy
The Red on the Ducati is amazing! The pictures don't show it, but when the
sun shines on it, it is like a bright Candy/Pearl Red.
from the infield across the bridge between turns 5 and 6.
Roger gets a welcome to MotoGP from Rossi
and one of my personal favorite pictures, Alex
We walk up the hill to turn 6 to
take some shots and find out practice has been Red Flagged for an incident
in the Corkscrew with Alex Hoffman. So we continue to walk up to the top of the
Corkscrew, by the time we get there practice has resumed. I think this
picture shows why Rossi
not like the Corkscrew very much. Nicky
We stick around
to take some photos at the top, Collin
Then I try some different shots, Carlos
between the trees.
Nicky & Randy
To see ALL the pictures from Friday click
here. Then head down the hill back to the paddock.
As we stroll around the end of the
pit lane, it is obvious someone made a mistake yesterday, as they are
letting people in today. J But
man is it packed! It looked like the paparazzi were in town. All the
cameras in the air trying to take pictures of someone and hope they got
it. We work our way through the crowd and run into a Ducati Pramac team
which of course I have to have her picture, and Dave takes one
with her. I say “I guess I should have taken off my Yamaha hat
first.” She says “Don’t worry about it, I like Nicky Hayden.”
We carry on to the top end of the
pits, by turn 11. There we find Dani Pedrosa’s wheel mechanic, Johnny.
We met him here last year. Another mechanic is there from the Konica
Minolta team, again same guy from last year. He is a bit of a comedian. ;)
Kept saying “I speak no English” In an Italian accent. ;) Last year he
said he was Johnny’s brother. J
Johnny is from the North of
England, on the coast, about 1 hour from Manchester. I asked him if he
managed to get home much during the season. He said he “gets home every
week these days, so it’s great!” He used to live in Spain and Italy
before, and says that was a bit tough. Much better now! He also drives the
truck, in England and Europe, for the team. He thinks the trucks in the USA
are way too big to drive. I don’t see it myself; I think they are about
the same size, but he insists they are longer.
Most of the mechanics are quite
sociable if you are polite. They are happy to chat with you, while
continuing doing their job. If it’s something they cannot do while
chatting they will let you know.
Time to grab some lunch and relax
before going around the track for more pictures of the second practice.
As we work our way back through the
Pits we see Kenny Roberts Jr. in the back of his pits. I don’t know why he
is not riding if he is here.
Collin Edwards has got his T-shirt
gun out again this year
(and it works now). There is a huge crowd trying
to get a T-shirt. No chance of getting through this sea of people until he
runs out of shirts. So I snap a some pictures as we wonder around
Hopper, and here's Johnny again
with Dani on the left.
(That just does not look right!)
We get to the infield, where we catch up with the Repsol Girls.
God! Do you see the “water wings on her!”
At least her face won’t hit the
floor if she fell face down. ;) The umbrella Girls are not as good as last
year. This was the best we found.
We get around to the Yamaha stand
where they have just about completed their Autograph session of “Weekend
We head back towards the paddock
and I take some pictures at turn 3. There are two rows of chain link fence
to shoot through
I decide to use full zoom and manual focus for better shots
Just for reference
the picture far right is one I took at turn 3 in 1988. No fence to worry about
then. No Curb, No run-off, No Airbag fences, No safety and not many
We then go over the bridge on the
main straight and I shoot a couple of pictures as the riders crest the
hill at turn 1
proving it is a turn.
I take more pictures
as we make our
from the hillside.
It's a great spot for viewing as well.
The next set are from over the fence at turn 2.
Would you believe it……….I
filled the flash card in my camera! That’s when I found out I had left my
1MB card at home and only had the 256 card in the camera. Duh! (Again for
ALL Friday pictures, click here.)
Dave has been taking pictures of
Randy de Puniet's crashed bike which is right in front of us. You can see
those on the bottom half of the show bike
After the practice was over we went
back to our trailer, made a list of what we needed in town. Our neighbor
Mark asked if we could get him some ice and more Modelo especial. And off
The Police are manning the exits
today and appear to be having fun, with us anyway. ;)
We arrive in town and go to
Walgreens. I find a 2MB flash card, a flash card reader (it reads 19
different types) and a set of speakers for my laptop. Dave finds some
liquorish and I spot some Dark chocolate Milky Way bars
J. We are set.
Then of course we go to the Happy
Dragon for dinner. Always good and our favorite, Kim is there to serve us.
We get back to the trailer and I
set up the laptop with the speakers so we can watch a DVD. Deadwood series
2, last couple of episodes. J
I plug in the card reader and
download all the pictures from the 256 flashcard and Dave’s card. Then I
make sure I put the 2MB card in my camera. Get this...........I somehow do
have the 1MB card and put that in the Camera, thinking it is the new 2MB
card. (found that out days after I got home) Duh! I don't remember
drinking that much. ;)
I sit back
with a beer and watch the programs, while Dave lays on his bed to read,
but falls asleep almost immediately.