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…
There’s nothing like hearing a legion of fans support a rider at the Motocross of Nations. Since the seventy-first running of the historic event took place at Matterley Basin in southern England, it was easy to pick out when a rider on Team Great Britain rode by the fences because the noisemakers, cheers, and claps were loud enough to drown out the sound of the bikes. The emotion that thousands of people shared at one moment was incredible and is what makes the race my favorite weekend of the entire year.
Dean Wilson might have been the most sought-after rider of the entire weekend. The Scotsman rarely races in Europe (his last race abroad was in 2015 at the MXON in France) so his inclusion in this year’s team was well-received by race fans, evident in the costumes and chants of “DEAN-O” that followed him anywhere he went. The Rockstar Energy Racing Husqvarna rider fed off of the crowd’s enthusiasm, as he overcame a rock to the eye in moto one and battled with Team Switzerland’s Arnaud Tonus to the finish of moto two. Fogging issues forced the rider to toss his goggles in both motos, so you could see the intensity and determination in his face through every lap.
With Wilson’s consistent scores of 7-8, Max Anstie’s 1-1 sweep and Tommy Searle’s DNF-15, Team Great Britain reached the podium for the first time in twenty years, a feat that whipped the fans into a frenzy at the podium celebration.
Photographer | Michael Antonovich
Location | 201& Motocross of Nations – Matterley Basin, England
Camera | Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Lens |Canon EF 300 f/2.8 IS L Lens
Shutter Speed | 1/1600
Aperture | 3.5
ISO | 3200