The Girls of Malaysia MotoGP 2013 Expo Event

This time I don’t have the images from the races or from the practice sessions. Somehow most of the images from the three races and practices were corrupted. What gives?  I don’t know.  Canon DPP cannot read it although initially it could.  Using faststone or RawTherapee, I could load the corrupted images but it has a magenta tinge on all of them.  Hence here I will just post pictures from the secondary reason why I attended the Malaysian MotoGP 2013.  The girls of the expo event and there were many of them.

Besides the races, there was also a trade expo for products related to motorcycle. There were many booths and the scene looked quite hectic. Throngs of people moving around in quite an unorderly flow but, it is also a good place of great opportunity to test the lenses.  There were many sales promoters cum models that will put on a smile and pose to any lens that were trained at them, no question asked.  I must admit that I admire their patience working tirelessly in the three days event. I knew they were tired because I have had that experience before.  Public relation is not easy at times.  By virtue of my experience, I am and event photographer and I like to shoot subjects at their natural states.  So I began snapping at these promoters before they realised my action and in between customers, I could see their reactions.

The MotoGP race was won by Dani Pedrosa who incidentally won here last year in the wet, his first ever MotoGP win in wet conditions.

Some Pictures of wet Malaysian MotoGP 2012

The rain had stopped but the Malaysian MotoGP 2012 was declared a wet race. After a few laps, it began to rain again and eventually the race  was red flagged after lap thirteen with six more laps to go and never to resume again. My equipment are not weather proof but with some protection for the lens from the lens jacket that I made plus some tissues covering the camera, I did get a few bursts of shots before the rain got heavier.

Here are some of the photographs of the MotoGP that are just about ok in spite of the rain and two layers of perimeter fences. Some though were taken during the morning practice in the uncovered sun. All shots taken just before turn 12.

Malaysian MotoGP 2012 at Sepang

It was a dry, wet and wetter races for the Grand Prix. I had opted for the Hillstand B and I found out that it was not quite a hillstand as the area was somewhat level. The fans here had to be contented with the view of the races through two layers of perimeter fences around the circuit. No problem for just viewing the races but a problem if you want to take pictures of the riders.

Hillstand B at Sepang International Circuit and the weather

Camera for the aerial view of the races

Fans at grandstand facing the back straight

Fans at Hillstand B getting close to the action

As usual the race started with Moto3 category. Local ace Zulfahmi Khairuddin was on pole. It was a dry race in the beginning but then it started to drizzle very lightly towards the end of it. Nevertheless it was a full race on slick tyres. Local favourite Zulfahmi had led himself to be on second position after the start of the race until he saw droplets on his visor that he decided to make the move to the front. He held on to the lead position until the last lap. It was on turn thirteen that I heard someone said he had a slight twitch before turn thirteen and that was when I saw Cortese overtook him to take the lead. He took back the lead on the back straight only to make a mistake at turn fifteen and Cortese took the chance on it to win the race.

Here’s what he said to the local media New Straits Times,

Zulfahmi Khairuddin

“I knew we had the power and the right set-up for this race and I was able to be in the front pack. Starting from pole helped. I was just biding my time in the early part of the race as I learned from my experience, that I should (not) take the lead too early. So I allowed Jonas Folger to lead in the first nine laps,” said Zulfahmi, who is from Banting.

“Then I saw some drops of rain hit my visor and I knew if it began to rain, the race would be stopped. That was the moment when I pushed and took the lead, but in the end, it didn’t really rain until after the race. I know I could have won, but for a mistake that led me to slip on the penultimate corner, which allowed Cortese to take the lead.

“At that moment I tried to regain the lead, but I almost slipped as I hit a bump and we were at the last turn, so I thought it would be better to take second spot rather than crash and get nothing. I’m pretty satisfied with this result and I know the victory will come soon, maybe in the next race. I’m also really proud to have achieved it in front of such fantastic home support.”

Jonas Folger

Just after Moto3 the rain started for a short while and then stopped for the Moto2. Moto2 was declared a wet race. This race sprang a surprise. It was by a local wildcard Hafizh Syahrin. He was 27th position on the starting grid but end up in 4th position when the race was red flagged with two more laps to go due to rain.

Here’s what he said in the same above mentioned media,

Hafizh Syahrin

“When I saw what Zulfahmi achieved, I just believed that I could do it too. Everything else didn’t matter. And when it began to rain, my mechanic called out ‘Pescao, come here’ and he showed me that it was raining. That drove my confidence up even more,” said Hafizh.

“From the start, the conditions were really my favourite and I just began overtaking them one by one, I didn’t care that I was starting from 27th, I just believed that I could do it each time I saw a rider in front of me,” said Hafizh.

“But the effort in pushing from 27th to first spot had caused a lot of degradation of my rear tyre. Then when it began to rain again, I didn’t have the grip I required from the rear tyre. It was hard to hold on and I dropped down to fourth after I was overtaken by Alex de Angelis, Anthony West and Gino Rea.”

MotoGP was also declared a wet race and it was also red flagged. This time it was earlier in the race, after lap 13 with six more laps to go. I did not have the freedom to photograph much in this event and the event before because of the rain. From the few bursts of shots that I had, only a few of it were worth it. Those few shots that I had of MotoGP I shall be posting it in a new post after I get it cleaned.

Results

MotoGP: 1 Dani Pedrosa (Spa) Repsol Honda 29:29.049s, 2 Jorge Lorenzo (Spa) Yamaha 29:32.738s, 3 Casey Stoner (Aus) Repsol Honda 29:36.193s, 4 Nicky Hayden (USA) Ducati 29:39.207s, 5 Valentino Rossi (Ita) Ducati 29:45.808s, 6 Alvaro Bautista (Spa) San Carlo Honda Gresini 29:46.325s, 7 Hector Barbera (Spa) Pramac Ducati 30:19.331s, 8 Pol ESpargaro (Spa) Power Electronics-Aspar-ART 30:20.634s, 9 James Ellison (Gbr) Paul Bird Motorsport-ART 30.25.725s, 10 Karel Abraham (Cze) Cardion AB-Ducati 30:26.671s. *Race stopped due to heavy rain after 13 laps.

Moto2: 1 Alex de Angelis (Rsm) NGM Mobile-Forward Racing-FTR 36:57.793s, 2 Anthony West (Aus) QMMF-Speed Up 36:58.503s, 3 Gino Rea (Gbr) Federal Oil-Gresini-Suter 36:59.156s, 4 Hafizh Syahrin Abdullah (Mas) Petronas Raceline Malaysia-FTR 37:00.734s, 5 Julian Simon (Spa) Blusens Avintia-Suter 37:05.376s, 6 Andrea Iannone (Ita) Speed Master-Speed Up 37:07.855s, 7 Mika Kalio (Fin) Marc VDS-Kalex 37:20.871s, 8 Bradley Smith (Gbr) Tech3 37:24.750s, 9 Dominique Aegerter (Sui) Technomag-CIP-Suter 37:27.856s, 10 Esteve Rabat (Spa) Tuenti Movil HP40-Kalex 37:29.307s.
*Race red flagged and classification after 15 laps taken as official.

Moto3: 1 Sandro Cortese (Ger) Red Bull KTM-Ajo 40:54.123s, 2 Mohd Zulfahmi Khairuddin (Mas) AirASia-SIC-Ajo-KTM 40:54.151s, 3 Jonas Folger (Ger) Mapfre Aspar-Kalex KTM 40:54.370s, 4 Luis Salom (Spa) RW Racing-Kalex KTM 41:02.626s, 5 Miguel Oliveira (Por) Estrella Galicia-Suter Honda 41:02.797s, 6 Danny Kent (Gbr) Red Bull KTM-Ajo 41:03.458s, 7 Alex Rins (Spa) Estrella Galicia-Suter Honda 41:13.096s, 8 Efren Vasquez (Spa) JHK t-shirt-FTR Honda 41:19.542s, 9 Niklas Ajo (Fin) TT Motion-KTM 41:24.837s, 10 Adrian Martin (Spa) JHK t-shirt-FTR Honda 41:24.886s.

Day 3 of 2nd MotoGP Pre-Season Test 2012 at Sepang

I thought I had more acceptable images than the day before because I spent more hours on the last test day at the circuit. I was wrong. Many of the images were blurred. On hindsight, I was too casual and probably also because I did not had lunch. Initially I thought that I just made it half a day and then set off home but I arrived at the circuit at about 11.00am and decided to stay till the end of the session. I had with me a thermos full of milk coffee only. Should had brought some snacks along.

One other aspect was a mistake that I now realised. I was blasting away continuously at the riders speeding up towards me, the autofocus just could not cope with the speed. Anyroad, here are the rest of the images and once again thanks for the wheelies.

As with the previous images, reduce the height to 1080 pixels for full HD resolution. Come race day I will not be at the grandstand but I shall be at the hillstand instead. Yayy! I had booked the ticket for the race in Sepang.

Note: To copy the desired image, right click on it and click open in a new tab in the menu. In the new tab just click on the image to enlarge it. Save the large image.

2nd MotoGP Pre-Season Test 2012 at Sepang

Day 2 of Test

This time I attended the test for 2 days…well almost. I left for Sepang in the morning of the second day of the test and reach the circuit by late afternoon. It was raining but by the time I was at the grandstand it had almost stopped.

The circuit was wet so not many riders did the test during that time till the session ended. Still, I managed to get plenty of shots.  Here are the selected images from day 2 which each of them is capable of full HD resolution but you need to crop the height to 1080 pixels though.

Images from the last day of test will come up next. There are a lot of images to sieve through, choose and edit.

Note: To copy the desired image, right click on it and click open in a new tab in the menu. In the new tab just click on the image to enlarge it. Save the large image.

MotoGP Pre-season Test at Sepang International Circuit 2012

Road to Sepang Town

I came to know that the 2012 MotoGP pre-season test at Sepang International Circuit on the 31 January to 2 February 2012 is open for fans to watch it for free at the main grandstand. Without much hesitation I pack up my gear and drive 240 kilometres up to Sepang on the last day of the first test session at Sepang. The second test is scheduled at the end of February 2012.

Sepang is a small town

The grandstand is very close to the track so I need to get up to speed with the riders. It takes me awhile till I got the shots that are worthwhile to keep.

Trust me it was Valentino Rossi.....I think

Defending Champion. The phrase Satu HATI at the bottom of the fairing in Malay means One Heart meaning UNITED (in everything)

I am lucky to meet a guy who is a very passionate fan of motor sports. He tells me that the other end of the grandstand (hard braking and cornering) is a good place for shooting photographs. Thanks to  him I got a few good close shots of the riders taking on the corner.

These pictures are big enough as a wallpaper for a full HD resolution monitor (need to crop the height though).

Valentino Rossi

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Finally, a wheelie by Valentino Rossi just before the session ends.

Thanks for the wheelie

Images of Pre-season Test 2 is here and here.