At the close of the ice skating season there’s one last time to shine for the ice stadium. After all the ice skate races the final act on the ice is wrecking the layers of ice for real. Fast motorcycles, big spikes and a lot of adrenaline! Welcome to Ice Speedway racing…
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).
Early in March, at the end of the Ice-skating season the track is handed over to those daredevils on motorbikes and tires with huge spikes and the Ice-Speedway truly finishes of the track in the days to come.
On the 27th and 28th of March the open Dutch Championship Grasstrackracing was held in Vries. In two days various sets of dirt-bike races were competing for the championship. I went on Sunday as on this day besides the ‘normal’ two wheeled bikes they’d also race with sidecar bikes, always making for some interesting shots. The only thing I found a bit curious is that this is called ‘Grasstrackracing’, but there wasn’t a piece of grass to be found on the track. There was dirt, lots and lots of it and most of it ended on the audience during the races.
There were lots of heats and every so often they’d flatten the track again, keeping it fair for the next races. During the day we’ve had just about every type of weather: sunny, cloudy, rain and even hail. None of it mattered to the riders, they plowed through the field no matter what. For the audience though it certainly did matter, with the wind it could get quite cold at times.
For myself it was also a great opportunity to field-test my new Canon EF 100-400mm lens. Would it deliver sharp images, would it be able to keep up with the speedy bikes? I tried lots of ISO settings and for today let the camera decide on the shutter-speed, that way I’d end up with some varied results enabling me to see what would deliver the best kind of photos for future reference. All in all I’m quite happy with the results. A few days rest now and then with Easter off to the TT Circuit for the opening of the bike race season there. For now, here are the results of the grasstrackraces
[flickr]tag:gtrv280310+KJGuch@Klaas / KJGuch.com[/flickr]