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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…

Through the years, I’ve had the pleasure (?!?!) of becoming good friends with Wil Hahn. One of the funniest guys on the scene, I’ve had a good time playing jokes on him, making fun of him on my Instagram, shooting photos and video with him, and even riding with him here and there. Heck, come to think of it, I’ve tried to set him up with a few waitresses, models, and Monster Girls, too! I’ve also visited him while he was injured more times than I’d care to admit, and when it comes right down to it, I think he could have accomplished a lot more than his Western Regional 250 Supercross Championship, had he not suffered so many setbacks.

When Wilbur announced his retirement from racing at the end of 2016, I was happy for him. When he landed a gig as GEICO Honda’s Amateur Team Advisor, I was even happier for him. It was good to see that he had landed a gig in motocross, and would be able to work within the sport that he loves. That only lasted a few months, though, as he was recruited by Yamalube/Star Racing/Yamaha to be the Assistant Team Manager, with plans on taking over the reins in 2018. While it’s hard to imagine Wil being stern enough to give his riders a talking to, I am sure he will kick ass at the job and still be that fun guy I’ve always enjoyed interacting with. A few weeks ago I saw an unfamiliar number ripping around Pala Raceway on a factory Yamaha. It only took a second to realize it was Wil since he looked really small on the bike, so I snapped a few shots of him as he tested some race team bike settings.

in a sport that chews up and spits out so many, it’s great to see it all come together for one of the good guys. (And here’s hoping that when the braces come off in September, Wilbur’s dry spell finally comes to an end!)

PHOTO INFORMATION Photographer | Donn Maeda Camera | Canon EOS 1D-X Lens | Canon 300mm f2.8 Shutter Speed | 1/2000 Aperture | f4 ISO | 400

Flash | Not Used