PHOTOS: Supercross trials in Arlington challenge new and experienced

Motorcross riders from across the nation gathered at AT&T Stadium over the weekend for Supercross 2017

  • Hayleigh Smith talks with media about how excited she is to ride a Supercross track at AT&T Stadium.
    Hayleigh Smith talks with media about how excited she is to ride a Supercross track at AT&T Stadium. (Photo courtesy Russ Rendon / Arlington Voice)
  • Ryan Dungey checks out the track at media day for the first time since getting to AT&T stadium. (Photo courtesy Russ Rendon / Arlington Voice)
    Ryan Dungey checks out the track at media day for the first time since getting to AT&T stadium. (Photo courtesy Russ Rendon / Arlington Voice)
  • Hayleigh's dad helps her put on her gloves for media day. (Photo courtesy Russ Rendon / Arlington Voice)
    Hayleigh's dad helps her put on her gloves for media day. (Photo courtesy Russ Rendon / Arlington Voice)
  • Dungey whipping his bike over the 75 foot supercross triple at media day on Friday. (Photo courtesy Russ Rendon / Arlington Voice)
    Dungey whipping his bike over the 75 foot supercross triple at media day on Friday. (Photo courtesy Russ Rendon / Arlington Voice)
  • Hayleigh's mom talks to her daughter after a practice crash. (Photo courtesy Russ Rendon / Arlington Voice)
    Hayleigh's mom talks to her daughter after a practice crash. (Photo courtesy Russ Rendon / Arlington Voice)
  • Fans asking for the KTM Juniors autograph, Hayleigh and all the other riders sign posters of themselves. (Photo courtesy Russ Rendon / Arlington Voice)
    Fans asking for the KTM Juniors autograph, Hayleigh and all the other riders sign posters of themselves. (Photo courtesy Russ Rendon / Arlington Voice)
  • Dungey signs his autograph for one of his fans. The line for Dungeys autograph session started at 9am.. he didn't start signing until 12:30 PM. (Photo courtesy Russ Rendon / Arlington Voice)
    Dungey signs his autograph for one of his fans. The line for Dungeys autograph session started at 9am.. he didn't start signing until 12:30 PM. (Photo courtesy Russ Rendon / Arlington Voice)
  • One of two exhibition practices for the KTM juniors, Hayleigh gets a great practice start! (Photo courtesy Russ Rendon / Arlington Voice)
    One of two exhibition practices for the KTM juniors, Hayleigh gets a great practice start! (Photo courtesy Russ Rendon / Arlington Voice)
  • Hayleigh rolls over the second biggest jump on the track, the Monster Energy Finish line. (Photo courtesy Russ Rendon / Arlington Voice)
    Hayleigh rolls over the second biggest jump on the track, the Monster Energy Finish line. (Photo courtesy Russ Rendon / Arlington Voice)
  • Going through the whoop section is possibly the hardest part of the track for anyone, but this didn't deter Hayleigh. (Photo courtesy Russ Rendon / Arlington Voice)
    Going through the whoop section is possibly the hardest part of the track for anyone, but this didn't deter Hayleigh. (Photo courtesy Russ Rendon / Arlington Voice)
  • Battling with one of the other KTM junior riders, Hayleigh placed 12th out of 15. She was possibly the only girl to hit the Supercross track all day. (Photo courtesy Russ Rendon / Arlington Voice)
    Battling with one of the other KTM junior riders, Hayleigh placed 12th out of 15. She was possibly the only girl to hit the Supercross track all day. (Photo courtesy Russ Rendon / Arlington Voice)
  • In unusual warm February heat, Hayleigh cools off under the KTM juniors’ tent. (Photo courtesy Russ Rendon / Arlington Voice)
    In unusual warm February heat, Hayleigh cools off under the KTM juniors’ tent. (Photo courtesy Russ Rendon / Arlington Voice)
  • After a bad start at 13th place, Dungey tries to make his way back through the field to keep his series points lead. (Photo courtesy Russ Rendon / Arlington Voice)
    After a bad start at 13th place, Dungey tries to make his way back through the field to keep his series points lead. (Photo courtesy Russ Rendon / Arlington Voice)
  • After a bad start at 13th place, Dungey tries to make his way back through the field to keep his series points lead. (Photo courtesy Russ Rendon / Arlington Voice)
    After a bad start at 13th place, Dungey tries to make his way back through the field to keep his series points lead. (Photo courtesy Russ Rendon / Arlington Voice)
  • At the end of the day, Dungey is able to manage to salvage a 4th place after a horrible start in the 450Sx class main event. He was able to extend his points lead. (Photo courtesy Russ Rendon / Arlington Voice)
    At the end of the day, Dungey is able to manage to salvage a 4th place after a horrible start in the 450Sx class main event. He was able to extend his points lead. (Photo courtesy Russ Rendon / Arlington Voice)
The Arlington V...

As a photographer with the Arlington Voice, my images usually support articles from the writers. I have photographed political events, parades, businesses and sports. I mostly do sports. I enjoy freezing special moments in time. For the most part, I shoot at the high school level.

This past weekend, I had a great opportunity to expand my experience. I was asked to photograph the Supercross Competition at AT&T stadium. It turned out this was going to be a photo essay; a piece mostly consisting of photos. This gave me the option of the content. I was not quite sure what the concept would be. I would probably focus on one rider. I thought maybe Ryan Dungey, a three-time Supercross winner and currently the points leader.

As I drove to the media day event on Friday, I briefly wondered who was the youngest rider? As we were interviewing riders, I noticed off to one side was seven-year-old Hayleigh Smith of Sanger, Texas. After I took her photo, an idea came to me. I decided to contrast her with Dungey. I talked to her mom and learned more about Hayleigh.

Her mom asked out of curiosity if it was because she’s a girl, to which I replied it was because she’s a young novice starting out and Dungey is a pro at the top of his career. I soon discovered that she was the only girl in her age group. For that matter, she may have been the only girl to get on the track that day.

In one of Hayleigh’s runs on the track she took a spill. When she came off the track, she looked upset. Later, her dad said that she got scared. But, like anybody that ever succeeded, she got back on her bike and went back on the track two more times.

Good luck Hayleigh. I hope you have a long career and you keep enjoying yourself. - Russ Rendon, Photographer

Keaton Pendley contributed to this report