We get a later start to the day
today, but it’s OK. We perform our usual morning ritual of Brazilian
coffee first and head off around the track for the practice session.
We decided to go on the outside of
the fence at turn 2 again, where I took some pictures through the fence,
just to see how they would come out.
I am really happy with them. They also give you a good idea of the views
you get around the track
Here you can almost see what I mean about the Red on the Ducati. Then of course some from over the top
of of the fence.
Here Miguel gets it wrong
overcooks it into turn 2 but keeps it going through the Kitty litter. 5
minutes later Casey does the same thing. Just shows it can happen to
We walk up the hill and over to the
infield where I get this picture of Nicky
going up the hill to turn 6. We
to turn 6 where I love these shots, looking directly down on
the rides as the go around the corner. I think I got some much
this year. J (I also took some
With the practice session over we
walk down the hill to the infield area of stores and wonder around Ducati
Island. I of course find a poser on a Ducati.
And Dave finds some
During the lunch break we decide we
will stand in line at the Yamaha stand and get the poster with all the
Past Champions to sign it. I was able to have a few words with Don Emde about
the “Anglo” series he rode in England, loooong time ago. English and
American riders competing against each other in a 3 race series, riding
Triumph and BSA triples. Man it was great! I think that was basically the
start of what was referred to as the F1 class in Motorcycle racing.
It was great to see Wayne Rainey in
great spirits and had a nice little chat with him. Agostini was chatting
with Kel Caruthers and was fairly impersonal, not looking and just signing
the poster with a blank stare when I spoke to him and went back to
chatting with Kel.
Doug Henry was a little
uncomfortable, still getting used to sitting that long in a wheel chair,
but still happy to chat and be there.
Scott Russell; still the rebel. He
was out from behind the table getting a new single cylinder 450cc racing
bike fired up, just to see what it sounded like, which held up the signing
process a little, but he was having fun. And very friendly.
At 1:30pm we returned to get the
mandatory, yearly Yamaha visor.
We decide we are just going to
spend Qualifying at turn 2, at what I refer to as the “Grassy Knoll”. It
is on the inside of the fence on the hillside next to the stands at turn 2.
A few minutes into the session and
Capirossi is checking out the Kitty litter. This year he has his numbers
in Black, last year they were white.
For those that don't know this is the corner where the pit exit is as
I decide to move positions a little
and try some different shots by twisting the camera in hopes of
getting some interesting
Well see what you think. ;)
The rest of these pictures can be seen at the bottom of the page for
Well qualifying over and there is
of the first 10. It should be an interesting start going into
turn 2 tomorrow.
We head back over towards the pits
and run into some of the Laguna Seca girls.
Dave admires the Pass this
I think that gets her a lot more places than we can go. ;)
Very crowded again in the pit area,
so we decide to go back to the trailer and relax for a while before going
back into town.
As usual we go to the Happy Dragon,
but unfortunately Kim is not working. She had the earlier shift and we
came in later than usual. So we have Mama san to take care of us. She
remembers us from last year as well. When we leave she says “see you
tomorrow” to which we reply “we go home tomorrow, so maybe next
when we get back to the trailer so it’s goodnight and off to sleep.
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