2015 MotoGP of Australia

PHILLIP ISLAND, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 16 : Marc Marquez (ESP) of Repsol Honda Team during MotoGP free practice of the 2015 MotoGP of Australia Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit . Phillip Island, Australia October 16 2015.
PHILLIP ISLAND, AUSTRALIA – OCTOBER 16 : Marc Marquez (ESP) of Repsol Honda Team during MotoGP free practice of the 2015 MotoGP of Australia Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit . Phillip Island, Australia October 16 2015.
PHILLIP ISLAND, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 18 : Yonny Hernandez (COL) of Octo Pramac Racing during the 2015 MotoGP race of Australia at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit . Phillip Island, Australia October 18 2015.
PHILLIP ISLAND, AUSTRALIA – OCTOBER 18 : Yonny Hernandez (COL) of Octo Pramac Racing during the 2015 MotoGP race of Australia at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit . Phillip Island, Australia October 18 2015.
PHILLIP ISLAND, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 16 : Valentino Rossi (ITA) of Movistar Yamaha MotoGP during MotoGP free practice of the 2015 MotoGP of Australia Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit . Phillip Island, Australia October 16 2015.
PHILLIP ISLAND, AUSTRALIA – OCTOBER 16 : Valentino Rossi (ITA) of Movistar Yamaha MotoGP during MotoGP free practice of the 2015 MotoGP of Australia Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit . Phillip Island, Australia October 16 2015.
PHILLIP ISLAND, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 16 : Valentino Rossi (ITA) of Movistar Yamaha MotoGP during MotoGP free practice of the 2015 MotoGP of Australia Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit . Phillip Island, Australia October 16 2015.
PHILLIP ISLAND, AUSTRALIA – OCTOBER 16 : Valentino Rossi (ITA) of Movistar Yamaha MotoGP during MotoGP free practice of the 2015 MotoGP of Australia Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit . Phillip Island, Australia October 16 2015.
PHILLIP ISLAND, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 16 : Jorge Lorenz (ESP) of Movistar Yamaha MotoGP during MotoGP free practice of the 2015 MotoGP of Australia Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit . Phillip Island, Australia October 16 2015.
PHILLIP ISLAND, AUSTRALIA – OCTOBER 16 : Jorge Lorenz (ESP) of Movistar Yamaha MotoGP during MotoGP free practice of the 2015 MotoGP of Australia Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit . Phillip Island, Australia October 16 2015.
PHILLIP ISLAND, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 16 : Valentino Rossi (ITA) of Movistar Yamaha MotoGP places his ear plug into his ear while he sits in his garage during MotoGP free practice of the 2015 MotoGP of Australia Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit . Phillip Island, Australia October 16 2015.
PHILLIP ISLAND, AUSTRALIA – OCTOBER 16 : Valentino Rossi (ITA) of Movistar Yamaha MotoGP places his ear plug into his ear while he sits in his garage during MotoGP free practice of the 2015 MotoGP of Australia Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit . Phillip Island, Australia October 16 2015.
PHILLIP ISLAND, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 16 : Dani Pedrosa (ESP) of Repsol Honda Team during MotoGP free practice of the 2015 MotoGP of Australia Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit . Phillip Island, Australia October 16 2015.
PHILLIP ISLAND, AUSTRALIA – OCTOBER 16 : Dani Pedrosa (ESP) of Repsol Honda Team during MotoGP free practice of the 2015 MotoGP of Australia Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit . Phillip Island, Australia October 16 2015.
PHILLIP ISLAND, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 18 : Jorge Lorenz (ESP) of Movistar Yamaha MotoGP during the 2015 MotoGP race of Australia at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit . Phillip Island, Australia October 18 2015.
PHILLIP ISLAND, AUSTRALIA – OCTOBER 18 : Jorge Lorenz (ESP) of Movistar Yamaha MotoGP during the 2015 MotoGP race of Australia at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit . Phillip Island, Australia October 18 2015.
PHILLIP ISLAND, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 16 : Jorge Lorenz (ESP) of Movistar Yamaha MotoGP  during MotoGP free practice of the 2015 MotoGP of Australia Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit . Phillip Island, Australia October 16 2015.
PHILLIP ISLAND, AUSTRALIA – OCTOBER 16 : Jorge Lorenz (ESP) of Movistar Yamaha MotoGP during MotoGP free practice of the 2015 MotoGP of Australia Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit . Phillip Island, Australia October 16 2015.
PHILLIP ISLAND, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 18 : Marc Marquez (ESP) of Repsol Honda Team overtakes Jorge Lorenz (ESP) of Movistar Yamaha MotoGP at turn 10 on the final lap to win the 2015 MotoGP race of Australia at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit . Phillip Island, Australia October 18 2015.
PHILLIP ISLAND, AUSTRALIA – OCTOBER 18 : Marc Marquez (ESP) of Repsol Honda Team overtakes Jorge Lorenz (ESP) of Movistar Yamaha MotoGP at turn 10 on the final lap to win the 2015 MotoGP race of Australia at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit . Phillip Island, Australia October 18 2015.

2015 Rolex Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix Melbourne

I only found out I was covering the Melbourne Formula 1 Grand Prix three days out from the race. Covering my hometown race for the first time (finally) with little preparation I didn’t have much time to get acquainted with that F1 Paddock lifestyle, instead it was early morning starts & very late finishes.

Considering I’ve driven along the track hundreds of times, I still needed to re-familiarise myself with the track & figure the best angles to shoot from & where the sun would hit at certain times. My ‘Home ground advantage’ counted for little when the whole course is basically fenced like a birdcage.
Unashamedly I spent hours on Thursday night going through archives of Melbourne f1 photos, looking to see what works & what doesn’t. Even though Formula 1 isn’t a sport I specialise in I’m always looking at the work of f1 photographers as inspiration for my own work. Their composition & use of available light is unique when compared to most sports & a lot can be learnt from their work.

Below are a few of my selects from the weekend, now it’s back to covering this never ending Cricket World Cup.

MELBOURNE , AUSTRALIA - MARCH 12 : Nico Rosberg (DEU) #6 from the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team  during the Driver Portrait photo session at the Rolex Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix, Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria Australia on March 12 2015. Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
MELBOURNE , AUSTRALIA – MARCH 12 : Nico Rosberg (DEU) #6 from the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team during the Driver Portrait photo session at the Rolex Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix, Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria Australia on March 12 2015. Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
MELBOURNE , AUSTRALIA - MARCH 12 : Jenson Button (GBR) #22 from the McLaren Honda team during the Driver Portrait photo session at the Rolex Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix, Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria Australia on March 12 2015. Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
MELBOURNE , AUSTRALIA – MARCH 12 : Jenson Button (GBR) #22 from the McLaren Honda team during the Driver Portrait photo session at the Rolex Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix, Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria Australia on March 12 2015. Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
MELBOURNE , AUSTRALIA - MARCH 12 : Lewis Hamilton (GBR) #44 from the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team  during the Driver Portrait photo session at the Rolex Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix, Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria Australia on March 12 2015. Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
MELBOURNE , AUSTRALIA – MARCH 12 : Lewis Hamilton (GBR) #44 from the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team during the Driver Portrait photo session at the Rolex Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix, Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria Australia on March 12 2015. Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
MELBOURNE , AUSTRALIA - MARCH 13 : Sebastian Vettel (DEU) #5 from the Scuderia Ferrari team during the Friday Practice session at the Rolex Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix, Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria Australia on March 12 2015. Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
MELBOURNE , AUSTRALIA – MARCH 13 : Sebastian Vettel (DEU) #5 from the Scuderia Ferrari team during the Friday Practice session at the Rolex Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix, Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria Australia on March 12 2015. Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
MELBOURNE , AUSTRALIA - MARCH 15 : Felipe Massa (BRA) #19 from the Williams Martini Racing team during the Rolex Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix race, Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria Australia on March 15 2015. Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
MELBOURNE , AUSTRALIA – MARCH 15 : Felipe Massa (BRA) #19 from the Williams Martini Racing team during the Rolex Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix race, Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria Australia on March 15 2015. Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
MELBOURNE , AUSTRALIA - MARCH 15 : Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) #3 from the Infiniti Red Bull Racing team during the Rolex Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix race, Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria Australia on March 15 2015. Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
MELBOURNE , AUSTRALIA – MARCH 15 : Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) #3 from the Infiniti Red Bull Racing team during the Rolex Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix race, Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria Australia on March 15 2015. Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
MELBOURNE , AUSTRALIA - MARCH 13 : Nico Rosberg (DEU) #6 from the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team  during the Friday Practice session at the Rolex Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix, Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria Australia on March 12 2015. Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
MELBOURNE , AUSTRALIA – MARCH 13 : Nico Rosberg (DEU) #6 from the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team during the Friday Practice session at the Rolex Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix, Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria Australia on March 12 2015. Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
MELBOURNE , AUSTRALIA - MARCH 13 : Sergio Perez (MEX) #11 from the Sahara Force India F1 Team during the Friday Practice session at the Rolex Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix, Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria Australia on March 12 2015. Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
MELBOURNE , AUSTRALIA – MARCH 13 : Sergio Perez (MEX) #11 from the Sahara Force India F1 Team during the Friday Practice session at the Rolex Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix, Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria Australia on March 12 2015. Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
MELBOURNE , AUSTRALIA - MARCH 13 : Sebastian Vettel (DEU) #5 from the Scuderia Ferrari team during the Friday Practice session at the Rolex Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix, Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria Australia on March 12 2015. Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
MELBOURNE , AUSTRALIA – MARCH 13 : Sebastian Vettel (DEU) #5 from the Scuderia Ferrari team during the Friday Practice session at the Rolex Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix, Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria Australia on March 12 2015. Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
MELBOURNE , AUSTRALIA - MARCH 15 : Nico Rosberg (DEU) #6 from the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team  during the Rolex Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix race, Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria Australia on March 15 2015. Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
MELBOURNE , AUSTRALIA – MARCH 15 : Nico Rosberg (DEU) #6 from the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team during the Rolex Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix race, Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria Australia on March 15 2015. Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
MELBOURNE , AUSTRALIA - MARCH 13 : Valtteri Bottas (FIN) #77 from the Williams Martini Racing team during the Friday Practice session at the Rolex Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix, Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria Australia on March 12 2015. Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
MELBOURNE , AUSTRALIA – MARCH 13 : Valtteri Bottas (FIN) #77 from the Williams Martini Racing team during the Friday Practice session at the Rolex Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix, Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria Australia on March 12 2015. Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
MELBOURNE , AUSTRALIA - MARCH 15 : Sparks fly out of  Daniel Ricciardo's Red Bull as Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) #7 from the Scuderia Ferrari team approach turn 3  during the Rolex Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix race, Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria Australia on March 15 2015. Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
MELBOURNE , AUSTRALIA – MARCH 15 : Sparks fly out of Daniel Ricciardo’s Red Bull as Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) #7 from the Scuderia Ferrari team approach turn 3 during the Rolex Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix race, Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria Australia on March 15 2015. Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
MELBOURNE , AUSTRALIA - MARCH 15 : Lewis Hamilton (GBR) #44 from the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team  during the Rolex Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix race, Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria Australia on March 15 2015. Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
MELBOURNE , AUSTRALIA – MARCH 15 : Lewis Hamilton (GBR) #44 from the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team during the Rolex Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix race, Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria Australia on March 15 2015. Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
MELBOURNE , AUSTRALIA - MARCH 15 : Red Bull driver Daniel Riccardo enters the first corner on lap 1 during the Rolex Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix race, Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria Australia on March 15 2015. Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
MELBOURNE , AUSTRALIA – MARCH 15 : Red Bull driver Daniel Riccardo enters the first corner on lap 1 during the Rolex Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix race, Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria Australia on March 15 2015. Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
MELBOURNE , AUSTRALIA - MARCH 15 : Jenson Button (GBR) #22 from the McLaren Honda team during the Rolex Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix race, Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria Australia on March 15 2015. Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
MELBOURNE , AUSTRALIA – MARCH 15 : Jenson Button (GBR) #22 from the McLaren Honda team during the Rolex Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix race, Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria Australia on March 15 2015. Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
MELBOURNE , AUSTRALIA - MARCH 14 : Romain Grosjean (FRA) #8 from the Lotus F1 Team during the Saturday Free Practice 3 session at the Rolex Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix, Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria Australia on March 14 2015. Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
MELBOURNE , AUSTRALIA – MARCH 14 : Romain Grosjean (FRA) #8 from the Lotus F1 Team during the Saturday Free Practice 3 session at the Rolex Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix, Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria Australia on March 14 2015. Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
MELBOURNE , AUSTRALIA - MARCH 14 : Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) #3 from the Infiniti Red Bull Racing team during the Qualifying session at the Rolex Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix, Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria Australia on March 14 2015. Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
MELBOURNE , AUSTRALIA – MARCH 14 : Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) #3 from the Infiniti Red Bull Racing team during the Qualifying session at the Rolex Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix, Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria Australia on March 14 2015. Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
MELBOURNE , AUSTRALIA - MARCH 15 : 2nd Place driver Nico Rosberg shakes hands with 3rd place Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel during the Rolex Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix race, Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria Australia on March 15 2015. Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
MELBOURNE , AUSTRALIA – MARCH 15 : 2nd Place driver Nico Rosberg shakes hands with 3rd place Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel during the Rolex Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix race, Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria Australia on March 15 2015. Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
MELBOURNE , AUSTRALIA - MARCH 15 : 1st Place Lewis Hamilton Sprays champagne on the podim at the conclusion of the Rolex Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix race, Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria Australia on March 15 2015. Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
MELBOURNE , AUSTRALIA – MARCH 15 : 1st Place Lewis Hamilton Sprays champagne on the podim at the conclusion of the Rolex Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix race, Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria Australia on March 15 2015. Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
MELBOURNE , AUSTRALIA - MARCH 15 : Lewis Hamilton and movie star Arnold Schwarzenegger shouts 'I'll Be Back" during the Rolex Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix race, Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria Australia on March 15 2015. Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
MELBOURNE , AUSTRALIA – MARCH 15 : Lewis Hamilton and movie star Arnold Schwarzenegger shouts ‘I’ll Be Back” during the Rolex Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix race, Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria Australia on March 15 2015. Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

2014 Australian MotoGP Phillip Island

Riders enter Siberia corner as a helicopter flys above during the moto2 race at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit at Phillip Island Victoria Australia on the 19th October 2014. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Riders enter Siberia corner as a helicopter flys above during the moto2 race at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit at Phillip Island Victoria Australia on the 19th October 2014. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Valentino Rossi riding for Movistar Yamaha MotoGP  gets onto his bike during during free practice for the 2014 MotoGP of Australia at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit in Phillip Island, Australia on the 18th of October 2014. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake.
Valentino Rossi riding for Movistar Yamaha MotoGP gets onto his bike during during free practice for the 2014 MotoGP of Australia at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit in Phillip Island, Australia on the 18th of October 2014. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake.
October 19, 2014: Marc Marquez riding for Repsol Honda Team  during the 2014 MotoGP of Australia at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit on October 19, 2014 in Phillip Island, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
October 19, 2014: Marc Marquez riding for Repsol Honda Team during the 2014 MotoGP of Australia at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit on October 19, 2014 in Phillip Island, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Jorge Lorenzo riding for Movistar Yamaha MotoGP  leads Valentino Rossi riding for Movistar Yamaha MotoGP on the 19th of october 2014. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Jorge Lorenzo riding for Movistar Yamaha MotoGP leads Valentino Rossi riding for Movistar Yamaha MotoGP on the 19th of october 2014. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Valentino Rossi riding for Movistar Yamaha MotoGP in the pits  during free practice for the 2014 MotoGP of Australia at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit in Phillip Island, Australia on the 18th of October 2014. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake.
Valentino Rossi riding for Movistar Yamaha MotoGP in the pits during free practice for the 2014 MotoGP of Australia at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit in Phillip Island, Australia on the 18th of October 2014. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake.
Maverick Vinales of Spain rides out of Siberia Corner during the moto2 race at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit at Phillip Island Victoria Australia on the 19th October 2014. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Maverick Vinales of Spain rides out of Siberia Corner during the moto2 race at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit at Phillip Island Victoria Australia on the 19th October 2014. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
October 19, 2014: Alvaro Bautista riding for Go&Fun Honda Gresini   during free practice for the 2014 MotoGP of Australia at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit on October 19, 2014 in Phillip Island, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
October 19, 2014: Alvaro Bautista riding for Go&Fun Honda Gresini during free practice for the 2014 MotoGP of Australia at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit on October 19, 2014 in Phillip Island, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Jorge Lorenzo riding for Movistar Yamaha MotoGP during Qualifying for the 2014 MotoGP of Australia at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit in Phillip Island, Australia on the 18th of October 2014. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake.
Jorge Lorenzo riding for Movistar Yamaha MotoGP during Qualifying for the 2014 MotoGP of Australia at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit in Phillip Island, Australia on the 18th of October 2014. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake.

Valentino Rossi riding for Movistar Yamaha MotoGP approaches Lukey Heights corner during the 2014 MotoGP of Australia at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit in Phillip Island, Australia on the 19th of October 2014 Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake