IN HIS EL­E­MENT: LAGUNA’S TURN ONE

Motorcyclist - - Framed - PHO­TOG­RA­PHY BY AN­DREW WHEELER

“When I first shot Mo­togp at Laguna Seca back in 2005 and 2006,” says ca­reer pho­tog An­drew Wheeler, “I no­ticed how Nicky at­tacked turn one.” When Wheeler at­tended round nine of the World Su­per­bike Cham­pi­onship at Laguna in 2016, he had it in his mind from the be­gin­ning to shoot pho­tos that would be dif­fi­cult to get but worth it. So he headed to Nicky’s stomp­ing grounds, the 160-mph brow just af­ter start/fin­ish. “I went to the in­side of turn one and sim­ply watched the path of the mo­tor­cy­cles as they’d sud­denly ap­pear—and dis­ap­pear just as fast,” he re­mem­bers. “And even though the suc­cess rate was low, I was fi­nally able to cap­ture a shot of Nicky rid­ing the crest of one of the cor­ners he al­ways ap­peared to be a master of.”

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