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More Racing Photos from Barber Vintage Festival 2016

vintfest-2016The racing at the Barber Vintage Festival can get quite interesting. There are so many classes that  need to get on the track that in many cases there are two or three different bike classes on the track at a time. This can make for some very confusing looking fields when you’re sitting in the middle of the track. You may see a super motard, a vintage superbike,  a modern-ish race-replica, etc.

Here are just a few photos from some of the racing going on this past weekend at the event. I’ll be posting up some more soon so keep an eye on this space for a link to a new gallery of images.

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Three Weeks Until Vintage Festival!

Vintage FestivalThe Summer is winding down and Fall is coming up fast. This of course means something very important to the motorcycle enthusiast in the Mid-south area. The Annual Vintage Festival at Barber Motorsports Park is coming soon! In three weeks from today, October 7th through the 9th, this annual festival of vintage motorcycle goodness will be happening just three short hours south of Nashville.

Now in its 12th year the Vintage Festival at Barber Motorsports Park in Leeds, Alabama (just outside of Birmingham) has been growing and is one of the largest events of its kind in the United States.  The three-day festival features the Ace Corner, a century parade, a swap meet with hundreds of vendors, wall of death, globe of death and more!

Racing of several kinds will be going on during the event with off-road and road racing happening including my personal favorite, sidecar racing! When you’re not watching the races there is the huge swap meet and the Barber Motorcycle Museum which can each take a day on their own to check out.

We’ve been covering this event for the past several years as Nashvilleriders.com and it is always a blast and the weekend is never long enough to see everything. Plan on coming down early and staying to the last minute!

German MotoGP Results

MarquezRain made for a guessing game at the Sachsenring in Germany this weekend. Not only does rain make it harder to guess at the top finishers as the wet conditions can take out faster riders at any time but its hard on the teams too. Trying to determine if they should switch to from rain tires to dry ones as the track dries.

In this weekend’s race, Marquez and team made the right choice finishing almost ten seconds ahead of Cal Crutchlow how came in second with Andrea Dovizioso rounding out the podium in third. Hit the Continue Reading link for the rest of the results.

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AGV Sport Podium Suit Review at webBikeWorld

AGV Sport Podium SuitMy review of the AGV Sport Podium racing suit has just been published over at webBikeWorld.com. I received this suit from the editor at webBikeWorld when I needed some racing leathers to wear at the Continental Tire Sport Attack 3 press event earlier this year. This turned out to be a great piece of gear for the track day types as well as those sport riders looking for great protection on the street. Hit the link below to jump to the complete review over at webBikeWorld.com.

http://www.webbikeworld.com/r5/agv-sport-podium-suit-review/

 

 

So Many Photos (from Barber)

KTM Cup 6-12-2016While I continue to flesh out the MotorcycleWords blog, I have been posting photos from this past weekend on Facebook. I do have more images to share and I will be creating an album here on the blog from the MotoAmerica races this past weekend. If you are one racers that I captured images of at Barber and would like copies of them please email me or reach out to me over Facebook and I’ll be glad to send what I have to you.

Saturday, in the Park…

Racing got underway here at Barber Motorsports Park today with the first of two rounds of MotoAmerica racing here in Birmingham. It was a hot day here in Alabama and the racing was even hotter. Really sounds like a pun but it’s an accurate description. Competition just seemed a bit more intense here this year versus past years and the new KTM series again was the most fun to watch, and shoot, today. Below are photos from the track today. Enjoy!

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Let’s get warmed up!

It’s going to be a hot weekend here in Birmingham with the second season of MotoAmerica kicking it up into high gear. I arrived this afternoon as the days practices were winding down. Still one can feel the electricity in the air as final preparations for the following weekend are wrapped up. There are several riders I plan on catching in paddock to say hi and grab some photos of them in between being trackside to grab images of them in action.

There’s a special appreciation I have for these riders. They have a spirit of competition and comradery they all share along with the courage to get out on the track trusting two tiny contact patches of rubber to keep them from crashing. It’s balancing that knife edge of rolling versus sliding and knowing how much of the latter one can get away with that I have serious respect for. Anyone can get on a bike and twist the “go handle” to go fast in a straight line. Pushing traction to the limit (and even beyond) while surrounded by a bunch of your fellow riders takes special mix of skill and mindset.

It’s also loads of fun to watch no matter what your own skill level riding may be. This weekend I’ll have a front row seat to this showing of talent and courage and as it progresses I’ll post up photos of the action to share with you. May sound like work but I’m certain there will be a big grin on my face behind my camera as the racers roll by. Until tomorrow then, here are some photos from late this afternoon at Barber.

Barber Bound! Year Two of MotoAmerica

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Prepping right now to head down to Barber Motorsports Park in Leeds Alabama. This will be the 6th year I’ve gone down there from Nashville to cover the races. This year is the second year of the newly minted MotoAmerica series which has taken over from the AMA ProRacing flag. Many of the same riders one has watched over the years as AMA racers are still around and now we have the new “kids” running in the KTM RC390 series. This is for me one of the most exciting things to happen in America road racing for a long time. With riders age 14 to 22, this new series will be the incubator for fresh talent to move into serious road racing.

Having all the same base machines a a wide variety of experience makes for some fantastic racing and exciting action. While the skill levels may vary, the desire and passion to win is equally high among all the riders I’ve seen. I’ll be posting photos from these and the other races this weekend here on motorcycleWordsKeep an eye on this space and watch our MotorcycleWords on Instagram and MotorcycleWords on Facebook feeds for all the action.

-Brandon

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