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

August 28, 2011

2011 Red Bull Indianapolis Moto Grand Prix


Casey Stoner on his way to victory at Indianapolis.

Casey Stoner was fast all weekend. And that was an understatement.

The Australian Honda Repsol rider beat his teammate Dani Pedrosa by almost five seconds at the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday after starting from first on the grid. All weekend, Stoner had been very vocal about the recently repaved track, but still managed to produce excellent times results, even setting a new best lap with a 1'38".

Stoner's teammate Dani Pedrosa took second place, while Ben Spies rode as the fastest American racer, finishing third.


Stoner leads his teammate Pedrosa down the main straightaway during the race.


Yamaha Factory teammates Jorge Lorenzo (front) and Ben Spies fought for third place. Spies took the podium finish ahead of Lorenzo.


MotoGP riders take off for the first lap at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.


The first lap of the Moto2 race on Sunday morning.


Ducati's Valentino Rossi speeds through the finish line during Sunday morning warm-up.


MotoGP riders roll down pit lane for morning warm-up on Sunday.


Casey Stoner's front wheel lifts up as he soars around turn 16 during Sunday's race.


MotoGP riders fly down the main straight.


American Ben Spies gets covered in champagne on Sunday following the race.


Spies speeds down the main straight during Sunday's warm-up session.

August 27, 2011

Saturday in Indianapolis for MotoGP


Honda's Casey Stoner (27, above) was on fire this afternoon at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The Australian has always been good about voicing his distaste for the American track, led Saturday's morning practice and was half a second faster—taking pole position for Sunday's race—than American Ben Spies who took the second spot on the starting grid.


Ducati's Valentino Rossi rides out of the last turn at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.


American Ben Spies during qualifying.


American Nicky Hayden turns through the s-curves on the first half of the track.


Riders cruise into turn 8.


Honda's Andrea Dovisioso careens around turn 1.


Valentino Rossi pops a wheelie for fans following Saturday morning practice.


Casey Stoner flows between turn 3 and 4.


American Colin Edwards lifts his front wheel going into the start/finish straight during qualifying.

August 26, 2011

Friday at Indianapolis for MotoGP


Rossi coasts through turn 10.

The American MotoGP riders attacked the famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Friday morning's first free practice for the race weekend. Ben Spies of the factory Yamaha team walked away with the top time with fellow statesmen Colin Edwards in third, while former World Champion Nicky Hayden was in fifth.

The Texan Spies was second in the afternoon only to World Championship lead Casey Stoner.


Ben Spies' front wheel becomes slightly airborne as he speeds into the start-finis straight.


Valentino Rossi leads Jorge Lorenzo through turn 11 during morning practice on Friday.


Casey Stoner during morning practice.


MotoGP riders speed out of turn 16.


Rossi signs fans behind the Ducati team garage.


Colin Edwards rides off at the end of the day.

August 25, 2011

MotoGP at Indianapolis Motor Speedway


Elena Myers does a test ride on the Suzuki MotoGP bike on Thursday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

I am on vacation this week(end), but I am on a dream assignment. I convinced my editor to let me shoot MotoGP racing at the famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indiana.

It's a great place to shoot racing with its rich history of car racing over the last hundred years.

I am rooming with my friend and one of the top MotoGP photographers Andrew Wheeler of AutoMotoPhoto.

Today was a bit slow, but AMA SuperSport star Elena Meyers tested a MotoGP bike made by the Suzuki factory team, so I got to photograph some track action.

Indianapolis is a nice, classic Americana town. We drive through these fantastic, green neighborhoods that are spreadout and green with nice, full trees everywhere. It's definitely a different culture than California, but enjoyable.

Good people in a good place.

I'll update throughout the weekend.



Elena Meyers in the Suzuki garage.


Meyers down the start-finish straightaway.


Indianapolis MotoGP paddock.


The Brickyard.