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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…

When I was hired to found TransWorld Motocross back in 2000, I recruited my friend Garth Milan to join me in an unknown adventure with Ride Publishing, which built its roots in the BMX arena. Our boss, Brad McDonald, was a former flatland BMX rider who launched SNAP BMX Magazine in his college dorm and eventually built it into a small media empire. When it came time to branch out into moto, McDonald recruited me away from Dirt Rider and MXracer Magazines.

Because he was from BMX, Brad had some different ideas about how Garth and I should shoot our photos. “Where’s the lip? You can’t see the lip!” would be his first reaction to most of the photos we shot. I suppose that because the heights aren’t as great in many BMX photos, it is important to see the lip of the take off for reference. Garth and I eventually convinced him that the same qualities that make a nice BMX photo don’t always apply to moto, but it did take a while.

When I shot this photo of GEICO Honda’s Chase Sexton last Friday at the Honda SX track in Corona, my old boss came to mind. This is obviously the first photo in a sequence, but something about the ruts on the takeoff made me take a liking to this shot. I’m looking forward to seeing Chase in action in 2018, as his rookie season was hampered by injuries. Stay tuned for more from this kid from Illinois.

Photographer | Donn Maeda
Camera | Canon EOS1D-X
Lens | Canon 300 mm f2.8 Ultrasonic L
Shutter Speed | 1/1650
Aperture | f4
ISO | 200
Flash | Not Used