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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 fans at the Motocross of Nations go absolutely insane before, during, and after the gate drop. I experienced my first MXoN back in 2011 at a track in Saint Jean d’Angely, and what an experience it was. During Saturday’s qualifying session, I would say the fans were a little more reserved and mellow, but that all went out the window on race day. Fans came in droves, accompanied by copious amounts of face paint, flags of their country, air horns, and smoke bombs. It was complete sensory overload, but I loved it.

So, it’s a shame to me that the 2017 Motocross of Nations at Glen Helen Raceway has been canceled due to poor MXGP attendance at the venue. To me, the two races are completely different and shouldn’t be compared. Although I can agree that the European crowds are full of excitement and lose their mind at the MXoN, I feel like the Americans are just as enthusiast for the sport. But in a way, they’re now getting penalized and missing the biggest motocross race of the year at a spot that is iconic to motocross and its history. It’s uncertain when the United State of America will be back on the MXoN schedule, but you can bet that I’ll be there cheering for my country.

Photographer | Michael Antonovich
Camera | Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Lens | Canon EF24-70mm f/2.8L USM Lens
Shutter Speed | 1/250
Aperture | 4
ISO | 1600