Monday, December 17, 2018

Suzuki series Round 2

Yesterday was round two of the Suzuki summer racing series, run at Manfield just a week after round one in Taupo.  It was a pearler of a day and a good opportunity to imitate Chillertek with my not as flash camera...

I'm definitely no expert at photography but I do love getting the chance to have a bash and try and get some cool action shots.

Dad and I rocked up just after ten as the action was getting underway and we got to see some really good racing in quite a few classes.

It's always good to see the top F1 bikes but there was some fantastic racing with plenty of fairing bashing in the F2, pre-89 post classics and even the Suzuki cup (150's) racing.

Gixxers rule in the post classics
Last corner before pit straight is a tricky one...
Bears (non-Japanese bikes) and Formula Sport
Panigale out front
One of the highlights was to see Avalon Biddle out showing the guys how to ride.

Avalon (#3) chasing hard in P2 
In race 1 Avalon managed to sneak to the front but then the race was stopped by an accident.

This let Damon Rees through for win number 3 in the series.  In the second race Avalon got an awesome start and took the lead straight away.

Nice lead...
But unfortunately, after leading for just over half the race, she lost the front in the first corner and took a trip into rough stuff.  Luckily, no injuries, but she probably has no chance of catching Rees at the last round in Whanganui.

Back to some of the other stuff.  How about the Suzuki cup racing - pretty tough when everyone on the same bike!  Obviously this lot still have some learning to do so there were some exciting lines getting taken and positions were swapped around a lot.

Giving it everything on the way to the start-finish line
Interesting parking spot
 Plenty of Brapping from the 'tards:

F1 - the big boys

Spare wheels...

More pics here.  But how about one more of Avalon :)

Next round is at the Cemetery circuit on Boxing day...


  1. That looks like a nice track mate, I didn't know there was a track at Palmy. Some good pics in there. Do you have a DSLR? You may want to get closer to the fence if you can, I still have to get as close as possible with a 300mm lense otherwise I have to do a bit of cropping. What a great way to spend the day, going for a ride to watch bikes racing and taking photos of bikes plus spending some quality time with your dad. Win Win.

  2. Manfield is a great track - even ran some WSB races a ways back...

    What's a DSLR? Can get a lot closer to the action at Whanganui...