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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 third-annual Mini Major was a huge success, as nearly 800 racers showed up to do battle at our minis-only championship event. While you’ve been flooded with information, photos, and videos from our kids-only party in the dirt, I thought I’d use today’s Photo of the Day presented by O’Neal to give props to one of our very own. Manuel Moreno Jr. is a long-time TWMXRS competitor who we first met when he was racing 50s. It’s been a pleasure watching him progress from bike to bike, gaining speed along the way; and a couple years ago we signed him up to help us with our mini bike test riding. Working with him at our local tracks we never had any doubt about his skill and speed, but at this weekend’s Mini Major we got to see him hold his own against many of the Nation’s fastest mini pilots. Manny carded several top-five finishes and scored a few moto wins against the factory backed machines of some of his better-known rivals, and he displayed sportsmanship beyond his years when he was taken out while contending for a moto win and later tracked his rival down to tell him he understood the move and that he wasn’t mad. It is a pleasure having a young man like Manuel Moreno Jr. associated with TransWorld Motocross. Give him a follow on Instagram at @manuelmoreno50

PHOTO INFORMATION Photographer | Donn Maeda Camera | Canon EOS1D-X Lens | Canon 300mm f2.8 Ultrasonic L Shutter Speed | 1/2000th Aperture | 4.0 ISO | 400

Flash | Not Used