Throughout the 1980s and early ‘90s Rich Chenet’s photo credit showed up all over the motorcycle racing world. Chenet was undoubtedly one of the most talented photographers in the sport. The world of auto racing also recognized Chenet’s talent and that segment of the sport largely occupied his time in the last 20-plus years.
When Rich showed up last week at the Pittsburgh round of the MotoAmerica Superbike Championship he was just there to spectate and see his friends in the paddock. Being a huge fan of Rich’s work, I made the bold request of handing him my camera and asking him to shoot the Superbike grid and podium on Sunday at PittRace. Rich graciously took up my offer and in spite of never having used the gear he was handed before, he went out and took an amazing set of photographs.
You’ll see through this set of images the unique eye Rich brings to his photography, and the reason he’s been in high demand all these years.
My deepest thanks to Rich for taking these shots and allowing Rider Files to feature them.
Enjoy! — Larry Lawrence