Cormac Shoots Buriram: Photographic Memories Of A Weekend That Changed The Championship

The rain in Buriram caused quite a stir. There were a lot of things we couldn't see coming. Including the riders in the opening laps

Teamwork makes the dream work. The popularity of this stance is currently disputed.

The typical Buriram dry weather setup: Big brake discs and a minimal front fender to help cool the tire (these are the Michelin Power GP transport tires, hence the tread)

Polesitter vs Polesitter. Marco Bezzecchi started from pole but went backward. Marc Marquez, who had pole at Motegi, moved up to finish fifth

The sky above the grandstand was the color of television....

Miguel Oliveira continues to be formidable in the wet

The ride-height device in action. It gets used a lot at Buriram

Still the most beautiful exhaust, and arguably the most beautiful MotoGP bike. Suzuki's decision to leave is a tragedy, though not just from an aesthetic perspective

Fabio Quartararo is doing everything he can to hold off the might of the Ducatis. The rain made him pay a high price in Buriram

Back, and fast. Cal Crutchlow is on his way to winning the informal Test Riders Championship for 2022

Double duty. Former test rider Tetsuda Nagashima was subbing for the injured Takaaki Nakagami this week, after a wildcard in Motegi

While Honda have switched back to aluminum, KTM are persevering with carbon swingarms. Because it is easier to make small adjustments to the design to change the behavior

The Aprilia RS-GP bears a growing resemblance to the Honda Pacific Coast 800 of the 1990s

The people's favorite, Danilo Petrucci came back to MotoGP to fill in for Joan Mir. He had fun, but jumping on to a new bike is always a major challenge

Jack Miller is fantastic in the wet. Miguel Oliveira is a fraction better

Johann Zarco was convinced he could have won the race had he arrived on the tail of Marc Marquez a couple of laps earlier. But he was "too late" to try to pass Pecco Bagnaia

Brad Binder lost too much ground early. Note the 360 degree camera on the tail of his bike, used for mobile-friendly footage


It has been frustrating for Aleix Espargaro. He is so close to his first MotoGP title, and yet it remains tantalizingly out of his reach

The VR46 Academy is delivering. Both Marco Bezzecchi and Pecco Bagnaia on the front row at Buriram

When the rain hides the problems of the bike, Alex Marquez shows that he is still an outstanding rider

This man is on a roll. Jack Miller has reinvented himself with great success in the second half of the season

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"The Aprilia RS-GP bears a growing resemblance to the Honda Pacific Coast 800 of the 1990s"?
Man, that is just mean. Accurate, but just mean.

After reading about Aprilia's latest patents[in CW], I'd love to see what the inside of their fairings look like. They're diverting air between the bottom radiator and the extension of the front of the bellypan and exiting it between the modified spoon and hugger, which is adjustable fore and aft, apparently to also  help adjust rear tyre  temperature. So using internal aero rather than Ducati's wings and ducts. Subtle and sneaky. Maybe part of the reason for the bulging lower fairing. 

C'mon Simon, do it with mirrors. 

"What's happening with Iannone?" Michel Turco. I don't know and don't care either.

Thanks for the link spongedaddy. Nice video, showing it's age already.

So did John Britten with the radiator at the rear, this is a bit different, and working on several different fronts. Pretty trick tho'.

Also, the front of the fairing reminds me somewhat of Peter Williams monocoque Norton. Another great innovator.

Ha... I wasn't expecting that reference!
Since they're heading to PI, maybe the SC on the tail of the Aprilia is for Southern Coast?