A bit more prepared I came earlier to the circuit on Sunday. A better cycling route so a bit less tired as cycling was all against the wind to the track. And well in time for the three main events. And it was sunny, what could possibly go wrong?
I don’t know what brilliant idea is behind the new schedule of the Superbike races, but apparently there’s a race 1 on Saturday and a race 2 on Sunday now. Not my ideal setup, but what can you do? So without too much rest I was at the track today to shoot the first race of the weekend (and for me this year).
Having hardly recovered from 7 hours of dragging my camera gear around the TT Circuit of Assen on Saturday and a round on my roadbike on Sunday morning (with heavy headwinds), I rode to Eext on Sunday afternoon dragging camera gear with me again to see some more mechanical masterpieces, but these only had two wheels each (or three): the Historic Motor GP in Eext!
In the past years I’ve visited training days of the Superbike and TT in Assen, but not that many actual racing days. And I felt like going to see some real races again, so this year -with a weather forecast predicting a really good day- I opted for the Superbikes racing day.
Last year I went to my first historical race in Eext, a fantastic event in the town of Eext with a few days of training, demo-racing and some actual racing with old motorbikes and sidecar-motors. It’s an annual event and so I had to be there again this year, it’s a blast!
Back in the day when men were real men and motorbikes were… killing machines on two wheels motor-racers were a special breed of men. With far less regulations for the races, the motorbikes really were far more dangerous and louder than modern day bikes. And they were prettier to look at. So it’s a good thing that Eext held a streetrace with these old machines, driven by old (but young at heart) racers.
After two days of free practice and qualifying Sunday April 25 was racing day, time to see if qualifying to pole would actually get a win. Photography proved to be a lot more difficult too. There suddenly was a large crowd enjoying a fantastically sunny day and the races on the track and a lot of people wanted to be in the same spot as me. However, I soon realized that taking the same positions as I had during practice and qualifying also meant that I’d end up with the same kind of photos. And I wanted more racing photos during the races. Unfortunately there weren’t many ‘dogfights’ going on. At least not where I was during race one. I managed some decent photos, but decided I’d scout the track for different positions during the next two races that were scheduled between the first and the second Superbike race
After some shots during the Supersport and the Parkingo Series I eventually settled on the hill in the ‘Strubben’ corner. It’s an interesting corner not to far from the start/finish line. You see the racers in a fairly slow set of corners, enabling the daring racers to make a move. It already delivered me shots of a crash during the first lap when all racers were still huddled together, fighting for some room on the track (and preferably before the others, thank you very much). This race was a lot more exciting to watch than the first as there were more groups of racers instead of racers racing separately. All in all I was able to get some more interesting photos and I enjoyed the race a lot. Unfortunately my beloved Ducati’s were mainly guarding the rear this time, Jonathan Rea of the Hannspree Ten Kate Honda team (bike number 65) dominated both races.