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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...

Today's Photo of The Day is a throwback of sorts and features Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki young gun Austin Forkner. This image was shot in mid-December 2015 at Lake Elsinore MX Park's public Supercross track, as Forkner prepped for his rookie season of Monster Energy Supercross. I actually remember being taken back by this kid's speed since it was the first time I had seen him ride in person. Elsinore's SX track, at that time, offered plenty of fairly-technical obstacles, but this kid handled them lap after lap just like the SX veterans.

Coming into Anaheim One, I remember there was a lot of hype around Forkner, as everyone had huge expectations for the Pro Circuit rider. Although the Missouri native logged a very impressive rookie SX season that included two podium finishes (2nd place in Arlington being his career-best), I still felt that the industry wasn't giving credit where it was due, though. In fact, I actually remember hearing people say that they expected more out of the teenager! In my eyes, Forkner has most certainly delivered, and I can't wait to see how he stacks up against the rest of the 250 class competitors come 2018!

Photo Information
Photographer | Casey Davis
Camera | Canon EOS 7D MKII
Lens | Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 L USM
Shutter Speed | 1/2500s
Aperture | f/4
ISO | 640