Very observant, spoot.
There is always a practical limit to 'telephoto' photography due to air turbulence / temperature gradients (think "mirage"). I went to Sebring once to photograph the 12 hour car race, - and discovered that a long lens was not all that usefull because of the heat output from those race-cars adding to the heat from the sun on the track. Anything of significant distance away I could not get a great photo.
But in this photo, there clearly (to me) is daylight between the bottom of the front tire and the asphalt.
I think this is more common in flat-tracking and motocross, but sure is nice to see it in road-racing. When I raced speedway, I loved pulling 'wheelies' while bent over in turn 2 or 4.