In between races, we took some time to browse our hard drives and look at photos taken throughout the year. We’ll highlight each shot in a daily post, with the image sized to fit your computer screen or smartphone and described with a small backstory…
Motocross racing is an ever-evolving sport with no end in sight, and for today’s racers a lot can change in just a few years. The year was 2013, and Geico Honda’s Wil Hahn had just wrapped up the 2013 250 East Coast Supercross Championship. After overcoming much adversity throughout the year – including a broken hand at the series finale – Hahn clinched his career first SX Championship at the final round in Las Vegas. Following his rookie season in the 450 class, the Kansas native signed with the prestigious Monster Energy Kawasaki team, however it was at this point in time that Hahn began to encounter a seemingly endless streak of bad luck that included several injuries.
Since then, Hahn has headed down under for the 2016 Australian Supercross Championship where he hopes to wrap up his first-ever Australian SX Championship. After a fifth place finish at the opening round followed by a second place at round two, Hahn is itching for a win, and it may very well happen this weekend at round three in Wayville, SA.
I took a trip down archive lane this morning in search of a photo of Hahn, and came across this shot from late 2013 just a few months after he had wrapped up his first SX title. At the time, “Wilbur” was preparing for the upcoming SX season, and while he was shooting with Swap and I he threw this Nac-Nac for our cameras. The likable rider has what it takes to win, so keep an eye out for the number 66 throughout the final four rounds of the Australian SX Championship.
Photographer | Casey Davis
Camera | Canon EOS 1D MKII
Lens | Canon 300mm f/2.8 IS USM
Shutter Speed | 1/2500s
Aperture | f/5.6
ISO | 400