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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