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Bike 55 Ends Up Fire Number 3

Gilbert on the track the day before.

During Sunday morning’s warm up for the 600cc machines we had another bike on fire incident, this time involving Michael Gilbert (55). Gilbert had a low-side get off that of course wasn’t great for him, but not anything that likely would have prevented him from taking the track later in the day. However shortly after the bike was moved a fuel tank leak resulted in the motorcycle catching on fire.

This was the third motorcycle to catch on fire during this weekend races here at Barber during the final round of MotoAmerica’s season. David Anthony and Josh Hayes also ended up with their own machines in flames the previous day. Needless to say it has been a rather dramatic weekend so far.

Michael appeared uninjured when I spoke with him a but later on after the crash but I know this was a big disappointment for him.  It was for me too as I’ve been following his progress this year and was hoping to see him on the podium in person this weekend instead of reading about it later. With any luck I’ll get to see Michael on the podium next year as he told me he will be coming back. Looking forward to seeing you there again soon, Michael.

The sad aftermath of Gilbert’s (55) bike after catching fire.

 

KTM-Cup Race 1 photos.

Lots of great action in this afternoon’s KTM Cup race with an unfortunate get-off by Alex Dumas who was just 1 point behind the lead for the series. Tough break Alex.

 

Greetings from Barber Motosports Park

We’re off to a cloudy start this morning here at Barber for the final round of MotoAmerica road racing this weekend. Kevin and I are here to get some photos and capture some interviews (and watch some motorcycles go roundy roundy).  This is always a fun weekend for us as we get to be right in the thick of motorsport and get the view from behind the scenes behind our favorite sport.

Here Kevin contemplates the object in front of him. Yes, it is a motorcycle Kevin! Good job 🙂

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Sidecar Racing Team Interview | 2011

This was made back in 2011 at the Barber Vintage Motorcycle Festival. During this interview we spoke with Hannah Matthews and Dale Lavender about how this whole sidecar racing action works. Hannah shows us the rig and how she positions herself during the racing and then Dale goes over some of the details of their machine and how it comes together.

NOTE: At the time I this was produced I was running the Nashvilleriders.com website so you’ll see our old logo in the corner. The site is no longer around but the videos can still be seen if you search YouTube for Nashvilleriders.com.

More Racing Photos from Barber Vintage Festival 2016

vintfest-2016The racing at the Barber Vintage Festival can get quite interesting. There are so many classes that  need to get on the track that in many cases there are two or three different bike classes on the track at a time. This can make for some very confusing looking fields when you’re sitting in the middle of the track. You may see a super motard, a vintage superbike,  a modern-ish race-replica, etc.

Here are just a few photos from some of the racing going on this past weekend at the event. I’ll be posting up some more soon so keep an eye on this space for a link to a new gallery of images.

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Sidecar Racing Photos | Vintage Festival 2016

Vintage Festival 2016Do you like going round and round on racetrack with your motorcycle? It’s fun for sure, but after a few laps some people get a little lonely out there. The solution? Bring a friend of course. Sidecar racing is one of the most fun events (for me) that happens here at the Barber Motorsports Park each year. I’m not sure if I can put my finger on exactly why, but it simply is.

The sidecar rigs used on the track are quite a bit different than picture of a motorcycle and sidecar setup for the street. The sidecar itself is typically not much more than a platform, a wheel, and lots of handholds. Some of the rigs cover the bike and platform with aerodynamic fairings while others just let it all hang out in the breeze. You can see our interview with a sidecar team from back in 2011 back when I was running Nashvilleriders.com by clicking here.

Hit the Continue Reading link below to see photos from this weekend’s sidecar races.

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German MotoGP Results

MarquezRain made for a guessing game at the Sachsenring in Germany this weekend. Not only does rain make it harder to guess at the top finishers as the wet conditions can take out faster riders at any time but its hard on the teams too. Trying to determine if they should switch to from rain tires to dry ones as the track dries.

In this weekend’s race, Marquez and team made the right choice finishing almost ten seconds ahead of Cal Crutchlow how came in second with Andrea Dovizioso rounding out the podium in third. Hit the Continue Reading link for the rest of the results.

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So Many Photos (from Barber)

KTM Cup 6-12-2016While I continue to flesh out the MotorcycleWords blog, I have been posting photos from this past weekend on Facebook. I do have more images to share and I will be creating an album here on the blog from the MotoAmerica races this past weekend. If you are one racers that I captured images of at Barber and would like copies of them please email me or reach out to me over Facebook and I’ll be glad to send what I have to you.

Saturday, in the Park…

Racing got underway here at Barber Motorsports Park today with the first of two rounds of MotoAmerica racing here in Birmingham. It was a hot day here in Alabama and the racing was even hotter. Really sounds like a pun but it’s an accurate description. Competition just seemed a bit more intense here this year versus past years and the new KTM series again was the most fun to watch, and shoot, today. Below are photos from the track today. Enjoy!

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Let’s get warmed up!

It’s going to be a hot weekend here in Birmingham with the second season of MotoAmerica kicking it up into high gear. I arrived this afternoon as the days practices were winding down. Still one can feel the electricity in the air as final preparations for the following weekend are wrapped up. There are several riders I plan on catching in paddock to say hi and grab some photos of them in between being trackside to grab images of them in action.

There’s a special appreciation I have for these riders. They have a spirit of competition and comradery they all share along with the courage to get out on the track trusting two tiny contact patches of rubber to keep them from crashing. It’s balancing that knife edge of rolling versus sliding and knowing how much of the latter one can get away with that I have serious respect for. Anyone can get on a bike and twist the “go handle” to go fast in a straight line. Pushing traction to the limit (and even beyond) while surrounded by a bunch of your fellow riders takes special mix of skill and mindset.

It’s also loads of fun to watch no matter what your own skill level riding may be. This weekend I’ll have a front row seat to this showing of talent and courage and as it progresses I’ll post up photos of the action to share with you. May sound like work but I’m certain there will be a big grin on my face behind my camera as the racers roll by. Until tomorrow then, here are some photos from late this afternoon at Barber.

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