Every race fan should experience sunrise on the Irish Sea, just as I did this morning at the Isle of Man. Watching those same skies turn dark late in the afternoon, however, was like a curse from the racing gods. As rain began to fall, my heart sank; I’m here to photograph the world’s best real road racers.
Practice was delayed until 7:15 p.m. Race control announced that yellow flags would fly between Milntown Cottage and the end of the Mountain Mile. Yoshinari Matsushita was killed in similar conditions three nights ago.
Later, I asked American Brandon Cretu what he got out of the session. “It was a chance to make laps on my bike and gain track knowledge,” he said. “We had an issue with the brakes and throttle, so it was good to get that stuff sorted out. Was it safe? No.”
As I walked away, I heard Cretu ask his crew if he could ride the course at sunrise. That is a dedicated real road racer.
Good night from a deserted grandstand on Glencrutchery Road.
Kevin Warren is a freelance photographer living in Atlanta, Georgia. To see more of his work, go to his website, http://www.digitalpressimages.com.
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