Photo of the Day | September 12th 2016

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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…

The 2016 MXGP of the Americas at Glen Helen Raceway was a pretty rad event. Bigger and better than any USGP has been in recent memory, the event provided plenty for spectators to see. The Monster Energy MXGP World Championship Series is a lot different than our domestic championships, and even though we were at our home track of Glen Helen, the atmosphere of the event was completely different. Take the massive aluminum scaffoldings for spectators and crew members, for instance. A giant two-story aluminum structure was built on the left side of the start straight, and this is where I watched the action of the track go down. With my camera set up to do video interviews in the pits, I didn’t really have an ideal lens for shooting anything but perhaps the start. Start shots are always so interesting to look at, especially when you can compare the styles of all of the riders in the frame. As a photographer trying to capture a panned/blurred action shot, you almost have to guess which rider is gonna pull the holeshot and focus on his plane on the start straight. In this instance, I bet on either Forkner or Herlings, but was caught off guard when Brian Bogers led the way down Glen Helen’s infamous start straight. Fortunately, I was able to compensate at the last second and got this pretty cool shot!

Photographer | Donn Maeda
Camera | Canon EOS 1D Mark X
Lens | Canon 24-70mm f2.8
Shutter Speed | 1/160th
Aperture | f/18
ISO | 400
Flash | Not Used