There is a great deal of hard work, commitment, and sacrifice that goes into being a privateer. Josh Mosiman is working on wrapping up his second year as a professional and knows the privateer life as well as any rider. In his rookie season aboard a 250, his results weren’t what he had hoped for, and he was unable to crack the top 20. Despite this, he chose to move up to a 450 and despite the tough competition, he’s been able to score as high as 15th overall. While other riders are off training on the East Coast, he’s chosen to stay home in California, where he’s been able to enjoy his life and put in the work to keep improving. Josh was more than happy to talk with us about his program and what he’s hoping to get out of this summer.
How is your summer going?
The summer so far has been good. It’s been a lot better than last year for me. I learned a lot last year, it was my first year racing professionally and I spent the whole outdoor series on a 250. Then in the off season, I hopped on a 450 for the first time and I realized that’s where I belong, especially in outdoors. This year has been a lot better. We made a few small changes with me switching to the 450 class. Last year, my motorhome broke down also, so I traveled to six out of the twelve races in a sprinter van. I was on the road for six weeks and that was pretty grueling. This year I’m able to travel in the motorhome and I’ve been able to focus a lot more on racing. My best finish this year was a 15th overall at Tennessee. I’m just looking to get better and better each weekend and try to beat that.
A lot of guys train out on the East Coast during this time of year, what led to your decision to train out here in California?
Being a privateer, we had to find the best way to hit all twelve races. I traveled to the first three races, then after Colorado, we had a weekend off so I was able to stay in California and ride my practice bike. From there I flew to High Point, and then I stayed in the motorhome for four weeks. After Southwick, we had another weekend off so we left the motorhome back East and I flew here to ride my practice bike. The plan was to get home and regroup for the rest of the season. We don’t have a base anywhere else so it made sense to come home, get some Thai food, sleep in my own bed, see all of my friends, and go to Bible study. It keeps me grounded, motivated, and energized for the weekends. I’ll fly to Millville, and then we actually won’t take the motorhome to Washougal. The TPJ Fly Racing Team is going to take my bike there for us so we don’t have to drive from there to Washington and then turn around and drive back to New York. That part is really hard on privateers, all of the driving is one of the reasons it’s so tough in this sport. They’re going to help us out a lot. After Unadilla, I’ll stay on the road for the last three races.
When you’re on the road, are you still able to find places to ride and train?
Last year, we met a lot of people on the road and that was a big deal for us. We’ve spent some time in Michigan, and there are some good tracks around there. It also seems like most of the races are about ten hours from there. It’s not like home, but they treat us like family at the Bigelow’s house and we appreciate all of their help
How does a track like Pala compare to those tracks for your preparation?
I haven’t really spent any time at the actual training facilities on the East Coast, but I’ve heard they’re pretty good. For me, it’s just the cost of being out there didn’t make sense. I do feel like the tracks are better though on the East Coast. Pala has been doing a great job though, especially this year on Tuesday’s. Milestone and Glen Helen have been good too, so they’re not replicas of the nationals, but it’s hard to find anything that gnarly.
What are your goals for the final few rounds this year?
The last few rounds this season I want to be as close as I can and get within the top 15, possibly even the top ten before the last round. The competition is really gnarly on paper, but some races everyone’s there and riding good, and other races guys will make mistakes or have bike problems. That’s when a guy like me who is riding around 18th can get a lot closer. That’s my goal. I just want to focus on myself and move forward.
Are there any tracks you’re most excited for?
I’m really looking forward to Washougal. I did well there last year, and I’ve spent time riding there as an amateur. Really, all of the rest of the tracks are going to be good. I’m looking forward to them all!