Mitchell Oldenburg Has His Sights Set on Winning
Now in his fourth year, Troy Lee Designs/GoPro/Red Bull/KTM’s Mitchell Oldenburg has elevated himself as a professional each and every season. He started his career as a full privateer and worked hard to put in solid results to earn his place on a factory team. Despite a broken collarbone at the 2017 San Diego SX, Oldenburg was a top five rider in every main event he lined up for throughout the season. With those results in mind, he’s now looking to step up and contend for a title in the 2017 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship in the 250 class. We had a chat with the man nicknamed “Freckle” to hear how he plans to continue his progression this summer.
You showed some serious speed in Supercross, how do you feel that your momentum will carry over into the outdoor Nationals for you?
I think it will be really good. I’m happy that I raced the last few Supercross rounds to get some races under my belt heading into the outdoors. My confidence is really good right now and I feel good on my bike. We’ve been working with the whole team to get it dialed in for outdoors. My fitness is good, the bike feels amazing, and I’m really looking forward to everyone starting over at zero points and seeing where I can end up at the end of the series.
Obviously, everyone’s goal is to win, but what are some other things you’re looking to accomplish in the outdoors?
I want to treat it like a championship rather than thinking about it race-to-race. My goal is to look at the overall scheme of things and try to be in the top five in points by the end of the year. That’s a real goal for me. There are obviously some tracks on the outdoor schedule that I don’t gel with compared to others. For me, the tracks that I don’t gel with, I want to do the best I can and minimize the impact to get the best result possible. I also want to take advantage of the tracks that I do like and really lay it down on those tracks. I want to treat it like a series and a championship rather than go out and do my best each weekend. I think that now that I’m getting better and I’m starting to be a front-runner, it’s time to start treating it that way.
What are some of those tracks that you do gel with, and why?
I really like the middle part of the series; High Point, Muddy Creek, Southwick, Red Bud, and Millville. All of those tracks in the middle there I really enjoy and I have a good time there. Those were always the tracks that I did as a privateer because they were the closest ones to home that I could afford to go to. I really enjoy those tracks and I feel like I get some decent results there. With the tracks that I don’t really like, I haven’t had terrible results at them, but I feel like I could do better. I think we can learn those tracks and what we need to do better at them. That way when it’s time to push for wins we’ll be ready and confident heading into every race. High Point, Unadilla, and Washougal are really fun to me and are some of my favorites too.
Everyone at Troy Lee Designs/GoPro/Red Bull/KTM seems to really enjoy the environment there, how much does that atmosphere play a role in your results this year?
It’s huge. We all work together and we’re truly a team and a family. We all want to see each other do well, and obviously, we don’t want to get beat by the other guys, but we’re genuinely happy for each other when our teammates do well. For us, it’s just a matter of working together to achieve the overall goal of winning and becoming champions. It’s a lot of fun and the atmosphere is cool. We’re pushing each other every weekend and weekday. When we have good results at the races it’s easy to come to work Monday and be ready to put in the time and training. It’s really a good atmosphere for us to push each other to the next level.