I chose to park my bike outside the fairgrounds. There was free moto parking inside, but I knew there would be close to a thousand riders, and I wanted a somewhat traffic-free departure later that evening. I found my friends Patrick and Marina, and met Alex, John and Nick, who all rode up from the peninsula. The grandstands were filling up with fans of all ages. The San Francisco moto posse of Sean, Erik, Matthew and AJ arrived, and cameras were quickly put into action as qualifying laps began. It’s amazing how grown men morph into little boys around motorcycle racing.