Behind-the-Camera of Photojournalist Nic Coury in Monterey County, California.

July 8, 2010

Yahama R1 Track Test at Laguna Seca.

Hawk Mazzotta exits turn 2 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on his Honda CR 650 during morning warm ups.

Motorcycles are back on track. Finally.

My buddy Hawk Mazzotta who used to race in the AMA was track testing a Yamaha R1 at Laguna Seca today and as I was on a day off, I was of course at the track.

Hawk during an interview.

Hawk on the R1 checks the track as he exits turn 8 and 8a—the "corkscrew."

The R1 was set up for the same superbike specs that the AMA and World Superbike (WSBK) guys use, with changes to fit their own riding style.

Hawk was having some gearbox problems and was checking the tightness of shifter.

Track days have a 92 decibel sound limit, so many riders have to quiet their race engines.

The R1 coasts out of the "corkscrew."

One of the other things I got to do was test out a new long lens I bought: a 300mm f/2.8.

As expected, it was stupid sharp and super fast focusing.

A rider turns as they take on turn 8.

A slower pan shot shows a rider straightening the bike after turn 3.

~ nic

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