Friday, May 26, 2017

The Others...Hangtown

The bikes go back outdoors as the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship got underway in Sacramento, California. The Hangtown Classic has served as the season opener for 21 seasons and would set the pace for the 11 rounds to come in hopes of crowning the 250 and 450 class champions.

With a new series, comes a new format to "The Others." With 40 guys making the field, we highlight the results from 20 thru 40. We call them The Others. As most results sheets will highlight the top 10 to 20 finishers, we dig deep to the privateers who accomplished a lifelong dream, a rider who has progressed from not qualifying to making the show or just nearly cracking in to a points paying position. Even with a few mistakes or just a shitty day, a factory guy may find himself on The Others list. Look at these names. Some you'll know, some you won't but they are all professional motocross racers. They endure the conditions of the toughest sport on the planet for your entertainment. Next time you watch or attend a race...Cheer Privateer.

Kawasaki's Eli Tomac probably would have entered the 450 championship as the favorite with or without the recent retirement of Ryan Dungey. Tomac is looking for his first premier class championship and would start the day off with his 2:06.346 topping the qualifying times and setting the tone. Husqvarna rider, Zach Osborne is fresh off his 250 East Supercross championship and he too would top his class. The number 16 would turn a 2:09.365. The two would take that momentum to the motos were they'd each go 1-1 on the day. In the 250 class, Alex Martin's 4-4 scores were good enough for 2nd overall with Aaron Plessinger going 3-5 for 3rd overall. Consistency would make the 450 podium. Behind Tomac was the KTM of Marvin Musquin and Kawasaki's Josh Grant. The two would go 2-2 and 3-3 respectively. 


Eli Tomac after a moto win.
It's a long series but nobody wants to get off to a bad start. Unfortunately this is motocross and shit happens. Jason Anderson would rebound to a 6th in moto 2 after taking a rock to the face that'd require a DNF and some stitches in moto 1.  I had Dylan Ferrandis on my list of guys who could win round 1 in the 250 class but a big moto 1 crash would take the Yamaha rider out for the day.  Jeremy Martin made a switch to the Geico Honda squad in hopes a another 250 Championship but after a mechanical DNF in moto 1, it'll be an uphill battle.

When it comes to privateers, we were impressed with a few riders. Josh Mosiman came in to his hometown race and would score his first points as a professional with his 20th in moto 2. Nico Izzi was back on the bike and after years of struggling with injuries and addiction he was able to finish both motos, going 25-28. Brandon Scharer is on a Yamaha outdoors after spending the Supercross season with the BWR/ K1 Speed team. He'd score some points in 250 moto 1.

Rider: Josh Mosiman | Photo: Connor Moore


And now...The Others

250

  1. 791 Gustavo Souza
  2. 388 Brandan Leith
  3. 677 Cody Williams
  4. 57 Jimmy Decotis
  5. 321 Bradley Lionnet 
  6. 702 Josiah Hempen
  7. 660 Stone Edler
  8. 96 Vann Martin
  9. 341 Nico Izzi
  10. 767 Mason Wharton
  11. 427 Deegan Vonlossberg
  12. 529 Broc Loftis
  13. 892 Garret Loppolo
  14. 522 Cole Zitterkopf
  15. 234 McCoyBrough
  16. 200 Joachim Falden
  17. 929 Travis Bell
  18. 179 Jon Ames
  19. 235 Tucker Cantrell
  20. 820 Dalton Oxborrow
  21. 42 Kyle Cunningham 
  22. 108 Dylan Ferrandis 

450

  1. 68 Heath Harrison
  2. 941 Angelo Pellegrini 
  3. 154 Brandon Scharer 
  4. 125 Josh Mosiman 
  5. 262 Connor Pearson
  6. 167 Zach Bell
  7. 544 Morgan Burger
  8. 140 Austin Kouba
  9. 170 Zack Williams
  10. 606 Ronnie Stewart
  11. 151 Dakota Tedder
  12. 90 Dillan Epstein 
  13. 447 Deven Raper
  14. 771 KJ Mckenzie
  15. 279 Thales Vilardi
  16. 482 Riley Brough
  17. 144 Nicholas Rolando
  18. 383 Casey Brennan
  19. 240 Bryce Stewart
  20. 670 Dylan Schmoke
  21. 534 Travis Freistat


Horsepower will be key as Round 2 takes to the hills of Glen Helen.


-Kyle Pesci


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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Sophomore Year...Josh Mosiman


With time and experience, knowledge is gained. The opportunity to chase a dream that's been inside you from a young age is a very small window and sometimes worth the risk. Working inside the headquarters of an industry leading company like Fox Racing in Irvine, California sounds like a dream in itself to some of the sports enthusiasts but just over three months into the job, Josh Mosiman realized when it came to racing it was now or never.

At just 20 years old things were going good for the Sebastopol, California native but he knew his door was closing for a shot at lining up for a Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship event. As an amateur, Mosiman enjoyed success with 7 trips to Loretta Lynn's in 13 different classes. His best result came in 2014 with a 4th overall in 450B. Above all, it may be his 2010 Junior World Championship in France with teammates Jake Pinhancos, Joey Savatgy and himself bringing home the win for USA that stands out as a career high. His constant front running as an amateur landed him support from Suzuki and KTM as he rose through the ranks. When the time came to give it a shot at the professional level, it'd be on a privateer Husqvarna.

Known through his amateur days as number 242, that'd change with the next chapter in his career. With that number taken, he'd request a few options and eventually get 125. Fitting as he ran 25 at Loretta's before and is coached by former national number 25, Nathan Ramsey.


Photo: Kyle Pesci


It was a transition for the rookie. "It was not easy, but it was really exciting!" A lifelong goal became a reality when he qualified for the season opener at Hangtown in 2016. A struggle with confidence is expected on the big stage. "It's easy to blame your struggles on the fact that you don't have a factory bike or team." It's a fast paced sport and with a schedule that demands not just strength and conditioning but the ability to adapt. Riders get just 5 minutes of free practice before they go on the clock for qualifying. That generally gives them 2 laps to find their race pace. An area where Mosiman feels he excels. "I was good at learning the new tracks and laying down a good lap."

In just his first season the number 125 took on the best 250cc riders in the world and made his mark as one of them. Mosiman would qualify for all but one round directly from the timed sessions. Unadilla would be the only time of the season where he'd be forced to line up for the consi race, a third place would put him in the show. After a full season of qualifying and a best round at Washougal with 25-21 moto scores, Josh is ready to get in to that top 20, earn some points and achieve a double digit number.

No factory ride, training facilities or big rigs. Just a kid chasing a dream with good people in his corner and learning from the experiences along the journey. "My mechanic Averi Lison works his butt off for me." Nathan Ramsey helping with technique and the mental side while Eddie Casillas takes care of the physical training. Very supportive parents and a brother, who has just signed to a Factory Husqvarna deal to train with daily. "My brother's mechanic, Scott Lillis has helped me a ton too." 


Photo: Kyle Pesci


Josh will be making his run at his sophomore year with the help of HD Supply, Fox, FMF, Lucas Oil, Pro Taper, Dunlop, Munn Racing, Scott Goggles, Twin Air, MotoMaster Brakes, Guts Seat Covers, WP Suspension, Motopro Graphics, Acerbis and TCR Wheels.

As a child, Josh would line the fence of Hangtown with his Dad. On the outside looking in at the pros. Dreaming of the day he'd have his chance. A follower of Christ, he feels he has been called to race moto and given the ability. He is a son, brother, friend and now professional motocross racer. 

You can follow Josh's journey on Instagram @JoshMosiman

#cheerprivateer for the 125


-Kyle Pesci




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The Others...Vegas.



I spent the week sick and watching from home, but it'd all come down to Las Vegas. The 17th and final round of the Monster Energy Supercross series and things got real. 

Photo: Jeff Miller


This is going to be kept short and sweet since this blog entry is late and everyone knows the outcome by know. Hands down the best ride I've ever seen was put on by Husqvarna's Zach Osborne on his way to a last lap aggressive pass that would land him a $7,500 fine but none the less he is your 250 East Champion. Ryan Dungey played a chess game with Eli Tomac who was slowing the race pace in hopes to win and have the KTM of Dungey finish fourth or worse. This would have given the 450 Championship to Tomac, but the stars weren't aligned for Team Kawasaki and after a few take down attempts by the number 3, Dungey's fourth trumped Tomac's second. Husqvarna's Jason Anderson would get his first win of the season and Dungey would hoist the championship trophy.

Vegas was good to some triple digit guys. Alex Ray, Dakota Tedder, Adam Enticknap and Ronnie Stewart all made the 450 Main Event. 


And now...The Others

250
  1. 87 Chris Howell
  2. 137 Martin Castelo
  3. 54 Gannon Audette 
  4. 62 Jesse Wentland
  5. 179 Jon Ames
  6. 78 Nick Gaines
  7. 88 John Short
  8. 338 Ryan Surratt
  9. 559 Dylan Merriam
  10. 40 Fredrik Noren
  11. 81 Henry Miller
  12. 275 Johnny Jelderda 
  13. 95 AJ Catanzaro 
  14. 65 Paul Coates 
  15. 93 Josh Cartwright 
  16. 42 Kyle Cunningham 
  17. 50 Luke Renzland
  18. 244 Justin Hoeft

450
  1. 75 Nick Schmidt 
  2. 282 Bubba Pauli
  3. 941 Angelo Pellegrini 
  4. 240 Bryce Stewart
  5. 251 Kyle Gills
  6. 321 Bradley Lionnet 
  7. 740 Lane Staley 
  8. 986 Lane Shaw
  9. 291 Kyle White
  10. 918 Michael Akaydin 
  11. 976 Josh Greco
  12. 509 Alex Nagy
  13. 80 Cade Clason
  14. 447 Deven Raper
  15. 285 Tony Archer
  16. 645 Cheyenne Harmon 
  17. 723 Tyler Enticknap 
  18. 120 Todd Bannister 

That's all folks. It's time to go outdoors for the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championships. 



-Kyle Pesci



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