His arm felt good but he has no endurance physically- of course it was 88* out and humid. His lap times are only about 10 seconds off last seasons and the track was very hardpacked, rutted, and coverred with dry dirt that was like riding on marbles- very little traction. If we ever get some rain they will eventually groom the track I hope
I like the second one much better, there is more "implied" action with the roost off the back tire. With track conditions like you mentioned it's very difficult to get interesting corner shots as the rider always looks like he's at a dead stop. I also tend to shoot most of my corner stuff and about 90% of my moto stuff withe the camera turned vertically as it give yous more room to frame the rider very tightly. Of course the vertical grip makes that much easier and may be a worthy upgrade unless you are very serious about upgrading the body in short order.