At the 2017 Hangtown MX, Rockstar Energy Racing Husqvarna brought in a new rider that wasn’t on too many peoples radar. That’s not to say that Michael Mosiman wasn’t fast or deserving of the factory ride, he simply wasn’t in the spotlight as an amateur. Heads quickly turned, however, as Mosiman put in an eighth-place ride at the 2017 Glen Helen MX in just his second professional race. Top ten finishes are not easy to come by, and it appeared as though Northern California native had the speed to make a big impact that summer. Unfortunately, a big crash at the 2017 High Point MX injured his shoulder, which he had a history of issues with. Since then, he’s been sidelined for the summer and has actually made it a point to fly under the radar during that time. Despite this, he was more than happy to catch up with us at the 2017 Monster Energy Cup to talk about the past few months of recovery and what the future holds as he prepares to return to racing.
What have the last few months of recovery been like for you?
I have been hurt for the last few months after a shoulder injury at High Point. I reinjured a dislocation and I had to have a Laterjet procedure. My bicep tendons were torn – well, bicep lesions – tearing of my subscapularis, my labrum, and there was damage to the bone. That required a bone graft. You know, all of that good stuff. That required me to be off for four months and right now I've got three weeks left. We'll get back into riding slowly. During that time off, honestly, I've been growing my faith. I had been kind of growing before, but it was nice to have a clear schedule and it's been a blessing to have time to dedicate to that. I've found it to be really awesome and meaningful. I've been doing good just hanging out and having fun.
It seems like both your brother, Josh, and you have been working a lot with youth riding camps and things of that sort. What has the experience been like for you to share some riding knowledge with amateur kids?
My brother and I volunteered at the Panic Rev summer camps at Glen Helen. It was really cool working with kids, sharing our faith, and being really open. I think it's really cool because the kids look up to you and it's really easy to start a conversation. I can reach people that maybe they can't. A lot of people see Michael Mosiman as the cool guy that rides dirt bikes and has a factory ride, but I see it as an opportunity and the kids look to me. I know when it comes to faith and motocross and perspective, it puts it all together. It's cool when you can use your platform to share. It's really humbling too. I like to be able to reflect on where I've been and it makes me appreciative. I find appreciation to be one of my favorite emotions. I get happy when I feel appreciative, and that's one of the main effects that the camps have on me.
When you were a kid, were you ever on the other end of that? Did you attend any camps or riding schools?
As a kid, I don't think I did any camps. Definitely no Panic Rev camps. Obviously, I looked up to riders and I always looked up to people in general. I looked up to Ryan Dungey as a person and a rider. If I had gone to one of those camps I might have fangirled out on some people [laughs]. I actually have a story to tell about that. It might be a little off topic, but I was at Hangtown one year and I was riding. This was back when I was riding 85s. There was one jump on the track that I really liked, and I started doing whips off of it. I felt like it made the rest of my riding better. It was a fun and I was enjoying myself. Then at the Hangtown National that year, I told Dungey, "Hey, you should find a jump that you like and do some whips on it, and maybe that'll help you go faster on the track." He went along with a little bit, but thinking back now, obviously, it's Ryan Dungey. He doesn't need any advice. That was a funny experience, and even back then I wanted to share my advice. People always want to share their advice or share what they have to say as opposed to just listening.
Next year, you obviously have to finish healing up with three weeks to go, but are you looking at East Coast Supercross?
Yeah, East Coast. I still have to do Arenacross, so I'll do that and then race East Coast.
Being that you've been hurt, have you been able to spend much time around your team at all?
Right now, I go to the Icon gym, which is right by Husqvarna, so I stop in there once or twice a week and hangout. That's the extent of me seeing the team, and a lot of the riders are gone. When they come back, I go to the track and try to soak up as much as I can and learn in any way, shape, or form. I'll go out and watch, help shovel puddles out of the track, or just do whatever I can. It's just good spending time with the guys and the team, but that's been the extent of it. It hasn't been a ton, but nobody spends a ton of time together except for the mechanics until the weekends.
What is it like having your brother at the races with you?
Having my brother there is cool. We don't see each other a lot because we're in two different pits, but we wake up and eat breakfast together in the morning. Then I go my way, he goes his, and we meet up at the end of the day. It's always like, "How did you do?" I'm able to watch some so I have a general idea, but I can't watch the whole thing. At Colorado, I could see him cheering for me in staging. That's pretty cool. It's pretty insane when you think about your own journey to get to this point, and under one small house in Sebastopol and one small family, two professional motocross racers came out of that. Thinking about it now, it's pretty incredible. It's great being at the races even if we don't get to chat much because we're doing our own thing.