2011 In Review: Our Favorite Photos and Videos

It is unfortunate that we sometimes get lost in the sheer mass of content that we compile for each issue and online feature, that the remarkable photos or videos are soon pushed by the wayside for the next shot. With the next race season just days away, we decided to recollect on our favorite pieces that made up 2011, in both print and video. Over the next few pages, each of us will share with you why these stick out in our minds over all the rest.

Donn Maeda, Editor In Chief

Favorite Video – Shadow: James Stewart at Chicagoland

My favorite video of 2011 was the “James Stewart Shadow at Chicagoland Raceway.” Sure, it wasn’t a motocross video, but spending the day with James at the truck races was fun for several reasons. First, it was fun to see him actually out of his element and nervous about what he was doing. His learning curve was impressive: he went from rolling his truck on the first lap, to turning in legitimately fast laps in his truck en route to a top ten finish. It was also cool to be able to candidly film James and his family as they really are. Malcolm and Big James didn’t cut Bubba any slack! I’m hoping that now that he’s seen what a Shadow video is, and now that there’s no more Bubba’s World, James will let me Shadow him at a National this summer.

 

2011 In Review: Our Favorite Photos and Videos

Donn Maeda, Editor In Chief

Favorite Online Gallery – Chrissy Lynn Pin Up

It’s funny how everyone thinks shooting models is glamorous. The truth of the matter is that we’re so busy setting up the lights, the bike, and posing the model, that we can’t really enjoy the task at hand. Brendan Lutes actually photographed Crissy Lynn on the lawn outside the lunchroom of our office. It was funny to see how many Transworld Media employees decided to take their lunch break at 10 am.

http://motocross.transworld.net/1000105591/features/february-pin-up-crissy/

2011 In Review: Our Favorite Photos and Videos

Donn Maeda, Editor In Chief

Favorite Cover – Justin Barcia/September 2011

 

I spent a couple days at home with Justin Barcia at his new digs in Georgia while filming Kickstart 3. Believe me when I say his backyard track is motocross paradise. Justin was so pumped about this photoshoot, that he even had AllSport dynamics paint him a TWMX-theme wrist brace. When Justin saw the finish cover, he wondered about the coverline for a second and then he laughed, nodding with approval.

2011 In Review: Our Favorite Photos and Videos

Donn Maeda, Editor In Chief

Favorite Photo – Dean Wilson/ Finish Line


Brendan Lutes snapped this photo of Dean Wilson grabbing a moment of rest after a grueling 250 national moto. Dean-O takes pride in the fact that he has no personal trainer, and has the self-discipline to work out by himself. Obviously, Wilson not only has the fitness required to win, but the drive and determination as well.

2011 In Review: Our Favorite Photos and Videos

Chris Kinman, Managing Editor

Favorite Video – Shadow: Chad Reed at Budds Creek

Chad Reed's Shadow video from Budds Creek was my favorite video of 2011. Not only did he take the win after an epic battle, his wife and son were in attendance to witness it. Even better, our cameras caught it all as well.

 

2011 In Review: Our Favorite Photos and Videos

Chris Kinman, Managing Editor

Favorite Gallery – Outdoor Testing Gallery from Milestone

Prior to the outdoor Nationals, Southern California's tracks are saturated with pro racers cramming as much testing as they can in before the opening round. However, it's rare to see the world's fastest all at one track at the same time. We we blessed, however, with one such day at Milestone this past May when Chad Reed, James Stewart, Ryan Dungey, Christophe Pourcel, Andrew Short, and a platoon of Lites riders all hopped onto the track at once. It made for a fun spontaneous photo shoot.

http://motocross.transworld.net/1000111551/news/outdoor-testing-photo-gallery/

2011 In Review: Our Favorite Photos and Videos

Chris Kinman, Managing Editor

Favorite Cover – Josh Hansen/May 2011

Josh Hansen's cover concept came from our art director, Shane Kinman, and after three days of creating and printing faux newspapers with "Hansen headlines," he had an incredible backdrop in our studio to host Lil' Hanny. Getting the green light to run a studio shot in lieu of an action shot with a bike was a feat in itself, which made the outcome that much more rewarding. By far my favorite of 2011.

2011 In Review: Our Favorite Photos and Videos

Chris Kinman, Managing Editor

Favorite Photo – Brett Metcalfe at Steel City

The reality of a grueling moto is illustrated so well in Brendan Lutes' black and white shot of Brett Metcalfe from 2011's Lucas Oil Motocross Championship. The fast shutter caught the water from a bottle pouring over Metty's grimaced, tired, mud-caked face, as well as a hovering mosquito to remind you again of the squelching summer heat.

2011 In Review: Our Favorite Photos and Videos

Brendan Lutes, Photo Editor

Favorite Video – Behind The Scenes: A Day In The Dirt Poster Shoot

This shoot was a lot of fun and it was really cool to get to see Troy Lee himself paint the model by hand. It’s unbelievable how he does it. All told, we spent six hours at the Troy Lee Designs shop while Troy and his team of painters painted the model so we could shoot the photo for the Day In The Dirt poster that they gave away at the race. Day In The Dirt is also my favorite race to attend each year, and my family along with the TWMX crew has been camping at the race for the past four years now.

2011 In Review: Our Favorite Photos and Videos

Brendan Lutes, Photo Editor

Favorite Gallery – Metal Mulisha: Black Friday Video Shoot at Danimals

I’ve been on quite a few Freestyle motocross road trips, but this one was by far the most fun I’ve ever had on one of the multi-day trips. For starters, Ryan Hagy, Jeff “Ox” Kargola, and myself flew up to the picturesque Danimals above Santa Barbara, California, on a helicopter, and when you factor in the amazing riding displayed by the riders and the green hills, I came away with some of my favorite freeriding photos. It was also the last time that anyone got to see Ox freeriding, as he passed away in Mexico a few weeks later during the Rip To The Tip. I’ll never forget him and the fun that we all had during that trip.

http://motocross.transworld.net/1000110818/news/black-friday-video-shoot/

2011 In Review: Our Favorite Photos and Videos

Brendan Lutes, Photo Editor

Favorite Cover – Josh Hansen/May 2011

This cover is my favorite of the year for a few reasons. We have only put a portrait on the cover a couple times(both other times were James Stewart)and a rider very rarely graces our first page without throwing a whip or blasting a berm. When Josh Hansen told us he wanted to do a portrait, our art director Shane Kinman went all out and created the newspaper clippings for the background, and I went to work on how to light the shot. For me, creating the lighting was the best part, as it let me get more creative than I normally do with product shots and action photos. In the end, I think we came away with one of the most memorable covers we have ever had. And it created a lot of talk amongst riders, readers, and motocross industry pundits.

2011 In Review: Our Favorite Photos and Videos

Brendan Lutes, Photo Editor

Favorite Photo – Brett Metcalfe at Steel City

The outdoor races are long, hot, and grueling. And I’m really happy when I can capture that in a single photo. This photo of Metcalfe was taken right after he hoped off his bike at the end of the second moto where he finished fourth, giving him third overall on the day. The look on his face really shows how much he was spent at the end of the day.

2011 In Review: Our Favorite Photos and Videos

Jordan Powell, Associate Editor

Favorite Video – The Bat

This video barely made it into the 2011 list, but I think it’s one of the greatest videos. It doesn’t have huge whips, flips, or top motocross pros ripping it up around a track, but what it does have is an inspirational message. Matt Wadsworth has been blind since birth, and he is attempting to jump 100 feet with the aid of his motocross coach, Micky Dymond. Essentially, Wadsworth is blind as a bat, and he relies on the sounds of his bike and the voice of Dymond to guide him in the right direction. Some might consider this attempt crazy, but “The Bat” proves that anything is possible when you set your mind to it.

2011 In Review: Our Favorite Photos and Videos

Jordan Powell, Associate Editor

Favorite Gallery – Ian Trettle Ride Day at Pala


When Rockstar Suzuki’s Ian Trettel suffered from a huge career ending crash in Daytona, Florida, everyone in the moto community did everything they could to help support him and his family. One of the ways that people helped out was by creating an “IT77 Ride Day” at Pala Raceway, and the amount of people that showed up to support Ian was amazing. All I could remember from this day is that it was great to see everyone come together like that to help a fallen rider. It just goes to show you that motocross is a little sport, but we’re a huge family. Props to Casey Davis for these photos, too!

http://motocross.transworld.net/1000110817/news/ian-trettel-ride-day-photo-gallery/

2011 In Review: Our Favorite Photos and Videos

Jordan Powell, Associate Editor

Favorite Cover – Jeremy Stenberg/June 2011


There were tons of awesome covers this year, but the one that stood out the most was of Jeremy “Twitch” Stenberg. Besides the colorful green Beaumont hills that served as the backdrop, Stenberg’s effortless style combined with his clean gear/bike setup made this photo really pop. Plus, this was my first trip out to Beaumont, and I’ve never seen the greatest in FMX hit natural terrain jumps in person. All I can say is, amazing!

2011 In Review: Our Favorite Photos and Videos

Jordan Powell, Associate Editor

Favorite Photo – Ryan Villopoto and Ryan Dungey at St. Jean d’Angely, France


I have to admit, the last moto of the 2011 MXoN in St. Jean d’Angely, France, was a nail bitter! In order to win, Ryan Villopoto and Ryan Dungey had to go one and two, and that’s exactly what they did. When the checkered flag came out, Villopoto and Dungey celebrated their win by rolling across the finish line together. The two riders had been rivals all season long, but when it came to the MXoN, they were a team, and the celebrated the victory together.

2011 In Review: Our Favorite Photos and Videos

Michael Antonovich, Online Editor

Favorite Video – Shadow: Nick Wey at Washougal

Donn's Shadow of Nick Wey at Washougal is a perfect glimpse at one of the most well liked, low-key racers in our sport. While many may think that his lighthearted demeanor is just face that he throws on for the camera, this shows that Nick is like that with everyone he comes in contact with. It's funny to see someone be as finicky with their look as he is, down to the GoPro camera, because I thought that was something that only I did. Even though he was visibly upset by his results from the day, the fact that he mentioned Trey Canard shows that he knows there are more important things in life than winning.

2011 In Review: Our Favorite Photos and Videos

Michael Antonovich, Online Editor

Favorite Gallery – X Games Kickstart

The joke and reason behind why the X Games Kickstart was done from Lutes' living room went over the heads of many. It is a "made for TV" spectacle, plain and simple. The event is notorious for it's lack of media access, unless you work for ESPN or ABC that is, and the lack of progression that has occurred in the last few years makes it a bit stale. I watch the entire thing with my hands over my eyes, peering between the cracks of in my fingers to avoid seeing the inevitable crash by someone who is attempting a trick they have no chance of landing. While the comment section was flooded with hatred and cries of laziness on the staff's part, I thought that it was a perfect write up.

http://motocross.transworld.net/1000114146/news/monday-kickstart-x-games/

2011 In Review: Our Favorite Photos and Videos

Michael Antonovich, Online Editor

Favorite Cover – Josh Hansen/May 2011

Having Josh Hansen on the cover, sans bike or gear, was a huge leap forward for motocross magazines as a whole in my eyes. This sounds like sacrilege to the moto world, but it honestly gets tiring to see the same style cover on one of the four major magazines each and every month, and it's made even worse when one rider scores multiple covers at the same time. As a result of Shane Kinman's addition to the staff as Art Director, the magazine now has a look all it's own, one that jumps off the newsstand ahead of the competition.

2011 In Review: Our Favorite Photos and Videos

Michael Antonovich, Online Editor

Favorite Photo – Ken Roczen at GP of Germany

Showing "that" level of emotion is rather uncommon and even frowned upon in America. Look at the backlash that James Stewart received after his win at St. Louis for proof. Achieving a lifelong goal deserves a little more than just a smile and a shrug.