Michael Dunlop’s hat trick is the big story this year at the Isle of Man. Three races entered, three race wins: Superbike, Supersport and Superstock. Is the late, great Joey Dunlop looking down from above and sharing his Mountain Course insights with his nephew? If you ask me, part of Dunlop’s calm confidence this year stems from the considerable support he’s received from the Honda TT Legends team.
My day also involved some risk versus reward, specifically how and where I was going to shoot the racing. I walked into a rancher’s cattle field, climbed over a barbed-wire fence and onto an 18-inch-wide strip of grass atop a 10-foot-tall stone wall overlooking the course. As you can see from the accompanying photo of Dunlop, the racers were passing just below me.
Speaking of risk versus reward, in the Superstock race, Cameron Donald returned to the pits after just two laps, unhappy with the handling of his bike and the way it was tossing him around. Josh Brookes also had bike issues and spent a long time in the pits, even crawling around on his hands and knees, before he once again ventured onto the course. That’s something that just about anyone who has ever ridden a motorcycle can appreciate.
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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