“It was actually very fortuitous that I was able to take that photo. I had been keeping my camera pointed at the jumps closer to where I was sitting, but Stewart was out in the lead so I just followed him for a minute and look what happened.”
Prepare for impact… James Stewart goes end over end on the San Manuel Yamaha at Daytona.
Clearly shaken from the fall, Stewart is on all fours immediately after the get off. His Yamaha YZ450F actually got back on two-wheels shooting off the next jump.
As a trailing group of riders brushes through the foreground, Stewart starts crawling off the racing line and toward his bike.
Struggling to get to his feet, Stewart makes his way toward his Yamaha.
After one failed attempt at remounting, falling backwards after his leg cannot crest the warped rear fender, Stewart gets back aboard
his Yamaha. In the chaos post crash, Stewart had to kickstart his ride and rejoined the race well behind the rest of the field.
Explaining the details of capturing the shot, Usher said: “The main Supercross event started and I was on the side of the track opposite from where Stewart crashed, across from the main grandstands. I was taking pictures of the racers at the jumps and turns closest to me. By Lap 4, Stewart had made it out into the lead with a nice gap. Since he was far ahead of the pack, I decided to follow him with my lens for the next stretch of track.
“He made it over the whoops and turns to my right and was heading toward the jumps that are before the finish line. I knew the spot where the riders landed after the first jump in line, and prepared myself to hit the shutter when he landed. Instead of landing, he vaulted head-first over his handlebars, much to everyone’s surprise.
“There was a communal gasp from the crowd. I looked down at my camera screen and was absolutely stunned I had captured the crash – Stewart was halfway over his handlebars and only a foot from the ground. It was a painfully long time before he got up, though I’m sure it was only a few seconds. I was relieved when I saw him struggling to his feet through my camera, because the crash looked terrible.
“The people around me in the stands thought he had been hurt very badly. I looked over the right and watched him stumble to his bike on the big screen. Everyone in the stands could hardly believe that he could keep riding. I was worried he’d hit his head and had a concussion. We all cheered for him for when got back on his bike and pulled onto the track.”