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…
After a one year absence, the Monster Energy Supercross Series goes back over the border this weekend for a night of action in Toronto, Canada. Personally, this is one of my favorite stops of the seventeen round series just because of how much there is to see in the incredible city and for the passionate/polite fans that fill into the Rogers Centre. If you’re in the Northeast and possess a passport, make the trip sometime.
Our last trip North resulted in one the most interesting Supercross event of recent memory. First was Ryan Villopoto’s ambulance ride from the Monster Energy Kawasaki rig to a nearby hospital, where he was treated with fluids for a stomach issue. The reigning champion missed all of practice and returned in time to line up for the night show. He saw the track for the first time during his opening ceremonies parade lap and finished the main event in sixth place.
Later, Broc Tickle suffered a horrible crash during the first practice session and suffered broken T7 vertebra. The RCH Suzuki rider was also taken to a local hospital, underwent surgery, and was discharged days later after proving to nurses that he could administer a catheter himself, all to avoid the horrible conditions of the facility.
Adam Cianciarulo’s shoulder came out of place twice during the day, first in practice and later in the opening laps of the main event. The young Pro Circuit rider tried to rejoin the race after Doc Bodnar and another medic put things back in place, but the injury was far too much to overcome.
The final thing we remember about the night was James Stewart’s charge through the 450 field during the main event. A poor start put the Yoshimura Suzuki rider outside the top-ten on the opening lap, but this made for one of the most impressive rides by Stewart, ever. Big jumps, cunning passes, and smart lines helped him earn the forty-ninth win of his career.
Photographer | Michael Antonovich
Camera | Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Lens | Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 L
Shutter Speed | 1/1600th
Aperture | f/4
ISO | 4000