The weather on the Irish Sea can be a fickle beast, and today was a perfect example. Rain, wind and cold air were the rule until late in the afternoon when the skies cleared enough for practice to begin. A disabled tour bus further delayed practice until 6:50 p.m.
Due to fog, the race course was a mixed bag of wet patches and limited visibility on the mountain section. Practice gave riders a chance to familiarize themselves with the course at a slower-than-race pace.
On a somber note, 43-year-old Japanese rider Yoshinari Matsushita lost his life due to injuries suffered in a practice-ending crash. Earlier in the day, I’d made a few photos of Yoshi as he was setting up his Tyco Suzuki GSX-R600, making sure the handlebars and seat were comfortable for him.
Good night and safe riding.
Kevin Warren is a freelance photographer living in Atlanta, Georgia. To see more of his work, go to his website, www.digitalpressimages.com.
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