The #31 Yamaha rider of Andy Kost is back in Florida getting back into the swing of things. Andy spent two months at home in Wisconsin after Mini O’s working with his dad to get some extra money while enjoying some time with his family. Andy says “I was hoping to get any sort of support but I haven’t heard anything as of yet”. Kost plans on going to the last Winter AM round at Gatorback depending how this week goes as he is working out the bugs and getting ready for Spring Nationals in the A class. Kost has been working hard and putting in the effort every time he hits the track so he’ll be ready for the season.
MP: You mentioned working with your dad back home, what does that consist of?
Andy: Well, my dad owns a trucking company that consists of a few different things. I pretty much did everything from washing trucks to changing tires so there's never really a down time when Im home haha.
Andy: Yeah of course! It was at Aztalan which is pretty much the track you can see off the highway and every local racer in Wisconsin has been there at some point! I know for a fact I didn't finish inside the top ten. I still have my participant trophy haha
MP: Now that you’re moving up to the A class what changes do you think are needed to prepare yourself for the tough competition?
Andy: The A class isn't much different than B class since they are both normally super stacked regardless so my plan is to just work on perfecting my riding and add in some more intensity as well as some longer motos.
you're on a team, they aid you in all those steps and help prepare you with all the right equipment and knowledge. In addition, it's not a secret that motocross is an expensive sport with politics involved so the guys who have the best connections or the most money stuck in their bikes are usually the ones who have the advantage. Honestly, I have hardly done any sort of modifications to my bikes up until before Mini Os when I got a JMS Motor for my 250. And even after the difference in bikes, there is still the mental aspect of riding out of a semi or with a team backing you which is a huge boost of confidence to most riders. In my eyes it's so unfair for the privateers trying to make it on their own.
MP: What are your goals for the 2015 season?
Andy: I’ve been asked that question a lot lately haha. I just want enjoy the season the most I can and do the best I possibly can. I don't know where I stand yet but hopefully it'll be in the top 5. I need to make a statement this year otherwise I'm not sure where I'll be next year.
MP: If you could give advice to the upcoming riders that just started racing what would it be?
Andy: My honest opinion would be to enjoy the ride and to not take it too seriously. I see tons of riders who are so set that they want to be a pro rider that they are missing out on other important parts of their life. Motocross is a great sport and has brought me a great ways but in the end you just have to enjoy what you're doing and love every moment you can.
MP: Finally, I know you have some sponsors helping you out. Give them a shout out for all they do for you
Andy: I can't thank my sponsors enough for believing in me. First off I have to thank my mom and dad, my brother Ryan and girlfriend Lauren, JT Racing, Dunlop, EVS, FMF, Monster Army, Scott Goggles, Atlas, Roost MX, Nihilo Concepts, Bell Helmets, Brad and Drew at Club 57, SIDI, Buca Di Beppo, JMS, Lifeproof, Ryno Power, Tamer, PR2 Suspension, and Cycle Trader/Rock River Yamaha
MP: It was good talking to you! Thanks for your time, and good luck to you as take on the 2015 season.
Andy: Thanks Man!