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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…

Team USA’s win at the 1986 Motocross of Nations in Italy predates my birth by four years. In spite of this, I’ve read numerous articles and watched video footage of the weekend in Maggiora, all of which has helped me understand how important the performance of Johnny O’Mara, Rick Johnson, and David Bailey was to American motocross. Never before had an American team put together such a stunning set of scores against the Europeans, and because of that, the overall victory was essentially decided before the gate even dropped in the final moto of the day.

It’s a shame that my age kept me from seeing Johnson, Bailey, and O’Mara compete at the peaks of their careers, but I’m fortunate now to know each rider personally in a small way. All three have always been a pleasure to work with on various projects through the years and I truly appreciate all that they’ve done for our sport. Just before the start of the 2016 Motocross of Nations, which ran again on the famed Italian circuit, a matching set of Honda CR bikes were wheeled to the starting line and the American heroes were paraded around the track to the deafening cheers of the crowd. It was a special moment to see in person and something I won’t soon forget.

PHOTO INFORMATION Photographer | Michael Antonovich Location | 2016 Motocross of Nations Maggiora, Italy Camera | Canon EOS 5D Mark III Lens | Canon EF 70-200 f/2.8 IS USM Lens Shutter Speed | 1/1600 Aperture | 4.5

ISO | 250

The image below is sized for smartphones, apologies but horizontal is the only way to show all three bikes.